How to install the latest Windows 10 update?

This article will show you how to update your Windows 10 to the latest version in this case known as 21H1, released on 18th May 2021.

What's new in the 21H1 version?

Among the standard changes provided by the Windows 10, May 2021 update is the correction of many known bugs, the renewal of some interface features, and improvements to accessibility features.

  • Microsoft has also announced multi-camera support for Windows Hello (for devices with multiple cameras).

  • Windows Defender improvements, such as allowing admins to run apps separately for improved security.
  • New widgets for the Windows 10 taskbar
  • Windows Management Instrumentation Group Policy Service improvements.
  • New Microsoft Edge Chromium support for kiosk mode.
  • Improved startup times for apps with roaming settings

How to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version via the Windows update?

Click the Start button (the Windows logo), and then click the cogwheel icon. In the new window that opens, go to Update and Security. In the left column, select Windows Update, and then click Check for updates. Once the search is complete, two things may happen:

  • The 21H1 update may appear, in which case you should click Download and install now and then restart your computer.
  • The following message will appear, indicating that "the May 2021 update for Windows 10 is on its way". This means that some of the reported bugs in this update could cause problems on your computer, so it's best to wait until Microsoft has fixed them ( you can repeat this process in a few days to check).
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How to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version from the Microsoft download page?

If you are impatient to have the new update, there are other methods to force the update (be sure to make a backup beforehand to avoid unnecessary risks). The easiest one is to access the Microsoft download portal, click on Update Now and follow the instructions on the installation wizard.

How to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version via the Media Creation Tool?

This method is similar to the previous one, so you will have to go to the Windows 10 download page again. Then click Download now and open the file MediaCreationTool2004.exe when the download is finished.

On the first screen click OK and on the second screen check the box Update this computer now and click Next. Follow the process and restart your computer when prompted.

I can't update Windows 10, what to do?

If you’re greeted by the message "This computer cannot be upgraded to Windows 10" after trying the above procedures, we advise you to give up for now and try again at a later date. Hopefully, Microsoft will have already fixed the issues that made this upgrade incompatible with your computer.

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As a last resort, you can rerun the media creation tool and choose the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD or ISO file) option for another PC. Follow the instructions to create a bootable USB or burn the Windows 10 ISO image to a DVD and use that external drive to perform a clean OS installation. For more details, see "Using the installation media you created” in this article. We do not recommend that you do this unless you’re well acquainted with the process and even then, we cannot guarantee that it will work as Windows may have blocked this upgrade path for your PC.

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