Windows 10 May 2021 Update has started rolling out. Of course, its not like updating a Linux Distro that only has 1.24 million users or just 10 thousand users, i.e. Windows 10 has over 1.3 *BILLION* users.
However, since ‘Apevia’ is my main computer I had already started with it first, and it is an Intel that didn’t offer the 21H1 Update yet…none of the 4 Intel computers had the update yet. I went to the Windows 10 May 2021 Update site to get it:
That’s a great link to keep handy, and it offers all kinds of way to get Windows 10. For this update, I had planned to just use the “Update Now” option, but in the past have also used the ISO download only option, and at other times let Windows create the USB flash drive. In fact, I also downloaded the Windows 4.24 GB ISO file this morning, in case I build a new computer and/or want to do a clean install on one of my computers. I try to keep those main ISO’s up-to-date…
For the “Update Now” option I just clicked that button which then downloaded the Windows 10 Update Assistant. Unlike Linux, Microsoft actually considers Desktop Users, which is why computer OEM’s preinstall Windows 10 on the computers they build. Try pre-installing Linux on 100’s of Millions of OEM built computers, and maybe in a million years you would’ve sold them all.
Most Linux “Desktop OS” users don’t understand something as basic as Supply and Demand. Besides, Linux OSes are made for Developers, IT’s, etc. and not for regular Desktop OS users (something else most Linux “Desktop OS” users don’t understand). 😉
A clear majority of actual Desktop OS users *WANT* Windows 10 pre-installed on any computer they buy because the Mouse will be fully functional (unlike any Linux Distro) on it, their printer will work with Windows 10, their scanner will work with Windows 10, etcetera etcetera etcetera. Oh, and Windows 10 also provides the Windows 10 Update Assistant for any big upgrades.
There…just click a few buttons ‘n let yore ‘Assistant’ handle the update for you! 😉
Oh, before upgrading, use the provided Windows 10 Backup and Restore app (in Control Panel) to create an image that will fully restore your Desktop OS ‘n all its setting in case something goes wrong. Here’s how I do it for 6 computers:
I use the noisy 1 Terabyte 2.5” HDD that came with ‘Ace the Laptop’ (Acer) for a main backup drive for Windows 10. Created 7 Partitions on it for individual backups ‘n some miscellaneous data/backup.
Some quick notes before ending:
1) ‘Ace the Laptop’ is sllloooooowwww at big updates like this, and I blame Acer not AMD for the problem. Am not sure if all Laptop OEM’s add hidden features in the BIOS, but it seems that Acer does. For example, a) even tho Windows Update said that the 21H1 Update was ready to “Download and install,” it wouldn’t do it. b) after I first got the laptop, I switched to a SSD for speed ‘n quiet, and tried to install Windows 10 Pro. For some reason the Acer Laptop would only allow a clean install of Windows 10 Home!?! It had come w/ WIN10 Home and for some reason wouldn’t accept WIN10 Pro (had purchased a new OEM CD Key for it). Anyway, ended up using the Windows 10 Update Assistant (for this upgrade) which is much slower than the readied Windows Update. It only took a couple of minutes for AMD ‘CM130’ computer to do the readied Windows Update…it took the laptop over an hour.
2) If you are in a rush, wait for the Windows Update to offer the 21H1 Update.
3) A clean install is fast, but apps & settings will have to be added later.
4) Oh, do a backup before the update! 😉
Other than the Acer laptop being slow, I had no other problems with updating the other 5 computers.
That’s the ‘Apevia’ computer’s new Windows 21H1 version specs after the update yesterday.
LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!