Microsoft lifts upgrade blocks ahead of Windows 10 21H1 rollout

For the first time since last October, Windows 10 feature updates are no longer blocked for most users. Ahead of Windows 10 version 21H1 rollout, Microsoft has finally removed all the upgrade blocks preventing version 2004 (May 2021 Update) and version 20H2 (October 2020 Update).

As you may be aware, Windows 10’s May 2021 Update is all set to launch this month. In addition, Microsoft is also planning to end support for Windows 10 version 1909, which has been around since November 2019.

Unfortunately, Windows 10 version 2004 and 20H2 are blocked for some users, according to numerous reports seen by us. Even though users should theoretically be able to get the upgrade, they’re not seeing the update when they check for updates. Instead, the end of the support message is displayed on the taskbar, with no option to upgrade the system.

Based on two old updated documentation, it looks like Microsoft has been blocking the feature updates for configurations using certain audio drivers.

Ahead of Windows 10 version 1909 end of service, Microsoft has removed the upgrade blocks, which means more folks can update their outdated PCs.

For those unaware, starting May 13, all versions of Windows 10 1909 (so, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, etc) will “no longer receive security updates”, effectively killing off this version of the operating system to focus on newer versions.

If your device is supported, Microsoft will begin the force upgrade process later this month.

However, there are cases when the update isn’t being downloaded when the device is not using the affected audio drivers. This happens when the update is blocked for some folks due to other mysterious safeguards.

If your device is not supported and the reason is unclear, we recommend updating manually using Media Creation Tool. As always, make sure that your important files and apps are backed up before you update the OS.

Windows 10 version 21H1 inches closer to launch

Windows 10 version 21H1 is currently scheduled to launch sometime in May as an optional feature update for users.

Like the October 2020 Update, version 21H1 is also going to be a minor update with a focus on quality improvements.

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