Windows 10 Version 2004 Limps Forward

Posted on July 31, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 24 Comments

After a less than dramatic start last month, usage of the latest version of Windows 10 grew even more slowly this past month.

“[Windows 10 version 2004] adds about 4.6 percent to its share this month,” the latest AdDuplex report notes. “This is less than the 7 percent it gained in its debut month.” AdDuplex surveyed almost 134,000 Windows 10 PCs to obtain this data.

With just 11.6 percent usage share now, Windows 10 version 2004 is officially off to a very slow start, which makes sense given all the upgrade blockers that are still in place. It still trails Windows 10 version 1909 (36.8 percent usage) and Windows 10 version 1903 (43.6 percent) by very wide margins.

Comparing the past two months, it’s clear too that version 2004’s gains are coming mostly at the expense of the two previous versions, which are essentially the same version and combine for 80 percent of all Windows 10 versions in use. Or, as AdDuplex notes, “As is now common, the growth in the latest update’s numbers comes primarily not from its predecessor but a version before that.”

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24 responses to “Windows 10 Version 2004 Limps Forward”

  1. jerquiaga

    I wish Windows Update would tell you why the 2004 update is being blocked. It would at least give you the chance to update hardware/drivers or fix whatever config issue you have.

  2. winner

    So much for WAAS keeping everybody caught up.

  3. SvenJ

    We are now at what people have been beating Android up for, for years. Somewhat like Android, it is not because people don't want it, it isn't being offered.

  4. waethorn

    Remember folks: Microsoft created the concept of "Firmware-as-a-Service" as their description of monthly Surface "firmware" (often just drivers) updates, which is the same mechanism at fault for holding those systems back from getting "Windows-as-a-Service" updates.


    How about we just call it Microsoft's "Disaster-as-a-Service".

  5. dexman335

    My Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 1 are still blocked from receiving the update via the normal update procedure.


    It looks like 2004 is now available for my old Surface Pro 3 (which I donated to my church, but, I still maintain it). I have all updates paused until I can get some idea how well 2004 runs on it.

  6. qaelith2112

    My HP Envy gaming desktop is still blocked. Not sure why -- it doesn't say. At one time I believe it was the Bluetooth driver but I was thinking they had corrected that so it must be another thing. I'm a long-time proponent of Windows and personally believe Windows 10 gets an undeserved beating much of the time among tech press, but really, they should take a step back and see what's going on with their coding and updates because the impression that is difficult to avoid is that they don't have a good process in place and buggy code is all too likely, and fixes seem as likely to create new problems as fix the existing ones. It's painful week after week to hear Steve and Leo (Security Now) going on and on about the string of problems. Steve seems to be implying that the code is just such a fragile wreck that only starting over would be effective. I'm not convinced that it's that hopeless but they do badly need to take a year, rethink the whole process, and make code quality into a focus for a while before new features resume. Sort of like how the "Trustworthy Computing" initiative was an all hands on deck thing that was very effective in transforming an insecure mess into something that was respectable.

  7. crp0908

    Can anyone explain why the percentage of 1903 is still so high? Do these people know that all editions of1903 including Enterprise and Education go EoL in early December 2020? I can understand holding off on 2004 but what was their excuse for skipping 1909?


    But at least everyone is on the same version of Windows now.


  8. sgbassett

    I finally took the plunge this morning on my Lenovo ThinkPad T490, which is NOT my primary machine. The update installed and I spent the day so far using the T490 in place of my primary machine for my usual workload. Nothing fancy, just writing legal briefs in Word, doing research in a browser (Credge), and responding to email (also in Credge using the Gmail or Outlook.com web interfaces - I hate the Outlook desktop application).


    So far, no problems. I did wait until Windows Update informed me that 2004 was ready for the T490. I have a self-built desktop running 1909 (my primary machine) that has not yet received that message, so I will wait until the message arrives before I attempt the update.

  9. dfeifer

    Also not getting it with certain lenovo models as well.

  10. jackwagon

    The Surface Pro X still seems to be excluded from the 2004 club as well. I realize that Microsoft can't really play favorites with their own hardware, but it seems kind of egregious that their own devices aren't getting the 2004 update.

  11. r34med

    Still blocked on my Surface Pro 7...

  12. neznak

    They got better! They were so much more fragmented in the past. Now it's less fragmented than ever.

  13. djross95

    Just embarrassing...

  14. blue77star

    Very badly fragmented.

  15. bradster62

    I received the 2004 update on my Lenovo Carbon X1 (6th Gen) laptop but not on my Surface Pro 3 or Dell XPS 8900 desktop.

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