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Windows 10 21H1 now available - get the update sooner

Panagiotis Kolokythas

Windows 10 Version 21H1 is now being delivered to users, but more slowly than usual. So you get it faster.

EnlargeWindows 10 update "21H1" is being delivered

The rumors were true beforehand (we reported yesterday): Windows 10 May 2021 Update (Windows 10 Version 21H1) is now available and will be delivered to users. Microsoft announced the completion at the beginning of May. Now, after the last tests, the time is ripe to deliver the first major function update in 2021 to all Windows 10 users.

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"The update from May 2021 is deliberately designed in such a way that important functions to improve security, remote access and quality are provided - and it was developed in such a way that a quick update is possible," said Microsoft.

When will I get the Windows 10 May 2021 update?

Windows 10 Version 21H1 is being delivered to users at a slower pace than usual. This is not least due to the corona pandemic. The developers explain that users are still more dependent than ever on being able to use their computers. Therefore, the availability will be throttled over the next few weeks. Overall, it was important that Windows 10 Version 21H1 be installed on the computers as quickly as possible via Windows Update.

In principle, the following also applies: Windows Update offers the download of Windows 10 Version 21H1 not on systems that are known to have compatibility issues. In these cases, a "safeguard hold" applies until the problem in question has been resolved. Only then does Windows Update offer the installation.

How do I get Windows 10 May 2021 Update faster?

The fastest way to get Windows 10 Version 21H1: Call Windows Update via the settings and then click on the button "Check for updates". This signals to the Microsoft update servers that you are specifically looking for updates and that you are ready to install them. Windows 10 Version 21H1 will only become more widely available after a few weeks.

It worked right away on our test computer (see screenshot above): A few seconds after clicking on "Check for updates", the information about the availability of "Function update for Windows 10, Version 21H1" appeared. But don't worry: it won't be installed automatically. You have to click on the link "Download and install" first. In addition to this link, Microsoft also offers another link that you can use to obtain further information on the spring update. Specifically, you will be redirected to this Microsoft website.

The fastest way to update is if you switch from Windows 10 Version 2004 or Windows 10 Version 20H2 to Windows 10 Version 21H1. The Windows 10 May 2021 update is installed here like a usual monthly Windows 10 update. The background: Microsoft has already delivered many elements of Windows 10 May 2021 Update to these Windows 10 versions via earlier updates. Now all you have to do is flip a "switch" through which the changes and new functions are activated.

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How do I block Windows 10 May 2021 update?

In the past it has been shown that it is not necessarily wise to install the six-monthly Windows 10 updates immediately after they are available, because major problems occur time and again that can negatively affect the stability and performance of Windows 10. Instead, it's worth delaying the move until all bugs and issues have been fixed. How this works is explained in detail in this article: Prevent Windows 10 21H1 installation - this is how it works

What's new in Windows 10 May 2021 Update?

The question can be answered briefly and simply: Not much new. Microsoft had already announced in February that Windows 10 Version 21H1 will only be a comparatively small update in terms of the number of new features and improvements. Microsoft is actually breaking a tradition with this, because the spring updates were previously more extensive than the autumn updates.

The reason for this is that Windows 10 with version 21H2 will make the more extensive changes to the desktop planned under the code name "Sun Valley". Then a lot of new things will appear visually on the Windows 10 desktop, because Windows 10 is to be fundamentally visually rejuvenated and thus modernized.

On the other hand, Windows 10 May 2021 (Windows 10 Version 21H1) also brings smaller, exciting innovations. For example, a new tool for SSD monitoring, multi-camera support for Windows Hello, speeding up the copying process for files over 400 MB and many other smaller improvements that we will introduce to you in this article.