Microsoft has billions of users all over the world, and most have finally upgraded their PCs to Windows 10. Since official support for the immensely popular Windows 7 died out, Windows 10 has been running on more devices than before. To keep your system running smoothly, Microsoft recommends installing Windows 10 updates regularly through automatic updates. As part of their update cycle, Microsoft periodically releases all sorts of updates – feature updates, fixes, and cumulative updates. If you are looking to install the April 2020 cumulative update, you have come to the right place!
The Importance of Cumulative Updates
You might think, “I go around installing Windows 10 updates all the time – what’s the big deal with this one?” Well, cumulative updates – also called “quality updates” – are maintenance and security fixes. Installing Windows 10 updates is necessary to keep your device safe. These become available on the second Tuesday (aka Patch Tuesday) of every month through the Windows Update utility in Settings. Patch Tuesday.
There may be occasional off-schedule updates as well, to address issues that need immediate attention. A feature update comprises of new attributes along with enhanced visual and performance characteristics. With feature updates, you get a new OS version, while the cumulative updates give a unique build number to your system.
April 2020 Cumulative Update
The 14th April 2020 cumulative update fixes vulnerabilities in several apps, Windows 10 itself, and more, discussed in the release notes. Besides older releases, this update is available for all Windows 10 versions. The newest Windows 10 OS version is 1909 i.e., the November 2019 feature update.
Thus, the April 2020 cumulative update varies depending upon your OS version, shown in the table below.
|Windows 10 OS version|
File – Build number
|1507||KB4550930 – Build 10240.18545|
|1607||KB4550929 – Build 14393.3630|
|1703||KB4550939 – Build 15063.2346|
|1709||KB4550927 – Build 16299.1806|
|1803||KB4550922 – Build 17134.1425|
|1809||KB4549949 – Build 17763.1158|
|1903/1909||KB4549951 – Builds 18362.778/18363.778|
Installing The April 2020 Cumulative Update
Remember, installing Windows 10 updates doesn’t go smoothly all the time. Back up important documents, or create a system restore point. Better yet – clone your system onto an external hard drive. Now, on to the installation of the April 2020 cumulative update!
- Navigate to Start and launch the Settings app.
- Click and open Update & Security. Click on the “Check for Updates” button.
- If this update is available for your device, the option to install it appears automatically. Click the grey “Download” button to begin.
- After the download finishes, the system needs to restart. You can restart your device immediately, or later. A notification may pop up as a reminder to restart then.
- Once you do that, check if your PC runs smoothly. Check again for updates if you are behind on schedule!
If you are a power user, you can also download the update files from the Microsoft Update Catalog and install them yourself. However, you need to know your OS and build number as well as whether your system is 32- or 64-bit.
Rolling Back Updates
In case your computer does not work properly after installing Windows 10 updates for the April 2020 cumulative update, you can easily uninstall them. While developers work out most before the update’s release – you never know. Some devices can have compatibility issues after installing Windows 10 updates.
- Open the Start menu and click on Settings.
- In the Settings screen, select Update & Security.
- Click on “View Update History.”
- Right at the top, you will find the option to uninstall and hence reverse the April 2020 cumulative update changes.
- Click on “Uninstall updates.” This brings up a new window, which shows a checklist of currently installed updates. In this case, they include the April 2020 cumulative update files, of course. This is similar to the Control Panel’s program uninstaller – simply select one and click on the “Uninstall” button that appears above. Except for security updates, you may uninstall any of the listed files, but take care not to remove something important!
- Instead of uninstalling these files, you can also try the various recovery options offered. These include a reset, restoring a previous version of Windows 10 (within ten days of updating), as well as a more advanced system restore option. The latter requires a disk image or bootable USB.
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