Microsoft is preparing the next update for Windows 10 for release. One of the final trials for Windows 10 May 2021 updates is now available to Windows Insider beta testers, which means the general public could get the release on their PCs in a matter of weeks.
Although the overall experience could be improved by the time it is finally released, Windows Insiders can now install this update on the Release Preview channel by downloading Windows 10 21H1 Build 19043.928. This build can also be downloaded as an ISO file for reinstallation on any new PC, with the restriction that the computer will be registered with the Insider program.
Unlike previous versions, there are no major new features for Windows 10 with the Windows 10 update from May 2021 – so the early download may not be worthwhile. This is because the theme of major Windows 10 updates has changed over the past two years.
Microsoft now wants to start the year fixing bugs and security issues in Windows 10 in the spring, and then end the year by adding new features with a subsequent fall update. This means that, as Microsoft last mentioned, the Windows May 10, 2021 Update only includes a number of features that improve security, remote access, and the overall quality of Windows. Multi-camera support for Windows Hello and performance improvements for Windows Defender Application Guard are just a few new things.
If you're hoping for major design changes to Windows 10, you'll have to wait until fall. There is a leading rumor that this fall's update, codenamed Sun Valley, could rejuvenate the operating system with a new start menu and new design elements. The code for this was recently discovered and hidden in a Windows Insider build by Dev Channel. It is also rumored that the May 2021 update has the code required for these changes built in.
If you'd like to try the May 2021 update, the best way to do this is to activate your PC for the Windows Insider Release Preview program and then download it from Windows Update by clicking Check for Updates. This is the safest branch of the program, and it poses little risk to your PC.
Microsoft is only offering the update to "seekers" in the Release Preview channel or to those who want to download it manually early on. A message will appear in Windows Update mentioning the Feature Update for Windows 10, 21H1, if this applies to you. You can download the update by clicking Download and Install.
Otherwise, you'll have to wait a few more weeks for Microsoft to distribute it to anyone who isn't a beta tester. The update will be installed just like last year's version from October 2020. It's a routine security patch that doesn't require you to be away from your PC for long periods of time. It is expected to be May 11th, known as Patch Tuesday, a day reserved for regular Windows 10 updates.