Over seven months after it was first released to the public, Windows 10 version 2004 is finally ready for “broad deployment.” This announcement, such as it is, comes over 3 months after version 2004’s successor, version 20H2, was released.
“Windows 10 version 2004 is designated for broad deployment … as of February 3, 2021,” the Windows 10 release information website briefly notes. “The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.”
With previous Windows 10 versions, the movement into broad deployment happened more quickly, and that’s all the more curious when you consider that both Windows 10 versions 2004 and 20H2 are minor updates, and not full-fledged feature updates. (In fact, they are the second and third Windows 10 versions in a set of an anticipated four to be minor updates; Windows 10 version 1909 was also very minor, and Windows 10 version 21H1 is expected to be as well.)
Looking over the known issues list for Windows 10 version 2004, there are still some unresolved problems. Among them is a recently-discovered issue with Conexant ISST audio drivers, which Microsoft has simply confirmed but not resolved. But for the most part, this version is finally at the quality level where anyone should be able to search for updates in Windows Update and be offered 2004.
If not, you’re likely suffering from what Microsoft calls a “safeguard hold,” meaning that some device or software is preventing the upgrade.