Do you plan to update or clean install the soon to be released Windows 10 May (2004) update?

  • Update my existing 1809 installation via Windows Update

    Votes: 2 3.0%
  • Update my existing 1903 installation via Windows Update

    Votes: 1 1.5%
  • Update my existing 1909 installation via Windows Update

    Votes: 41 62.1%
  • Clean install 2004

    Votes: 15 22.7%
  • Not sure yet...

    Votes: 2 3.0%
  • Don't plan to upgrade for now

    Votes: 5 7.6%
  • Total voters
    66

blackice

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I look at clean installs as a last resort. I keep a pretty clean image just in case, but keeping it up to date with things installed on other drives is tedious. Honestly clean installs as a preventative measure is a bit overkill. Most people have no issue with updates, some do. A clean install will prevent issues. But you are doing the work before you ever encounter an issue. Same with delaying updates, I have an image to revert to which takes about 5 minutes, so I don't delay updates.
 

shmu26

Level 85
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I already updated my virtual machine (by joining Insiders) and it looks good. However, virtual machines usually update more smoothly, because less hardware issues. A virtual machine doesn't talk directly to the hardware. It lets the host machine do that.

I recently cloned my 1903 installation from an i5 6th-gen machine to a new i7 9th-gen machine. No particular issues. A couple weeks ago, I cloned from an i3 5th-gen dell laptop to an i5 10th-gen ASUS laptop. It needed some drivers, but now it is zipping along without issues.

I avoid reinstallions when I can, because for me they entail many hours of work, until everything is set up the way I like. If necessary, I restore an old system image, rather than reinstalling.
 

Cortex

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I did a clean install a few weeks ago due to a new mainboard & CPU, (out of interest Windows did sort itself & the clean install wasn't much different & sorted drivers out itself) so I'll' update this time - In my experience updating these days doesn't cause any issues at all & for me I have a fair amount of programs none Microsoft so a clean install every six months would be a none starter.- As it is updating works fine.
 
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TairikuOkami

Level 26
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I will have to clean install my laptop, an upgrade failed because of SAFE_OS error. I hear, that 29GB free is not enough, it needs at least 32GB, but I am afraid of the unsupported hardware issues. But considering, that there will not be another update for a year, just a service pack later, I might give it a go.
 

carl fish

Level 3
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I upgraded my laptop my laptop already so far no problems, but I'm wondering if I should turn on windows insider because I'm not sure what will happen when the update gets officially released does anyone have any idea about this?
 

roger_m

Level 28
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I upgraded my laptop my laptop already so far no problems, but I'm wondering if I should turn on windows insider because I'm not sure what will happen when the update gets officially released does anyone have any idea about this?
There's no need to do that. It will work as it you had waited to for it to be officially released. The only exception being if there is there are any updates added before the official release, the updates will be available from Windows Update.
 

Spawn

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I wait until 2004 is out, and then make a clean install with media creation tool. I use a 256 GB SSD, so if I just update it with Windows update, too much space will be lost.
If not enough space is available, Windows Updates will ask for an external USB to be connected.

To free up more space safely, try these:
After the OS upgrade, Run Storage cleaner settings to delete previous Windows.old data.
Link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028075/windows-delete-your-previous-version-of-windows

Disable Hibernation from Command Prompt (Admin), which will safely delete the hiberfil.sys for you. IIRC the Hibernation file uses 75% of your total RAM installed, of disk storage space.
Link: What Is hiberfil.sys and How Do I Delete It?

Use Files On-Demand in Microsoft OneDrive.
Link: Save disk space with OneDrive Files On-Demand for Windows 10

Other ways to free up space:
  • Clear browser caches
  • Delete old files and software installers from Downloads folder
  • Uninstall unused or out-dated software
  • Delete older System Restore points
 

shmu26

Level 85
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I upgraded my laptop my laptop already so far no problems, but I'm wondering if I should turn on windows insider because I'm not sure what will happen when the update gets officially released does anyone have any idea about this?
As was already said, it is not necesary to join Insiders. And if you do, you will continually be pushed on to the next Insiders build. So as soon as the stable version of 2004 is released, it is important to leave the Insiders program, if you want to stay on the stable version.
 
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