Get your May 2020 Windows and Office patches installed


Headlines scream that you should avoid the May patches. Pshaw. From what I’ve seen they’re largely overblown. Not to say that all is well in patchland – it isn’t. But the situation has stabilized, and I don’t see any reason to hold back on May’s patches.

Of course, I’m assuming that you don’t voluntarily jump down the rabbit hole and join the unpaid beta testers working on Windows 10 version 2004 – the May 2020 Update. It’s kicking up all sorts of problems – but that’s no reason to hold off on the May patches.

Microsoft still hasn’t fixed the reboot race condition that leads to “missing” data (which isn’t really missing at all, just relocated to a completely inscrutable location), but that problem is well understood now. It’s just a pain.

There’s also an apparent conflict between some versions of Windows and certain audio drivers. If you install last month’s patches and can’t get sound to work, consider uninstalling the update or going through the steps to manually override your audio driver. Thar be tygers.

Here’s how to get caught up.

Make a full backup

Make a full system image backup before you install the latest patches.

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