Windows users can now perform a clean install of the upcoming Windows 10 2004 feature update before its officially released by using ISO disk images that can be downloaded from the Windows 10 Insider site.
In December 2019, Microsoft released the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) build for the Windows 10 2004 20H1 feature update to Insiders.
Since then, new cumulative updates have been released every month to keep it updated with the latest security patches until it is formally released in the Spring.
This week, Microsoft released the ISO disk images for Windows 10 2004 build 19041.84, which can be downloaded from the Windows 10 Insider site.
Users can use this ISO and a Windows 10 license to perform a clean install of Windows 10 2004 before it’s released.
Once installed, you will be able to continue to receive normal .NET Framework, Windows Defender, drivers, and Security Intelligence updates, but will not be able to receive cumulative updates until you link the installation to the Windows Insider program.
Once linked, you can set the ring to ‘Release Preview’ and you will get the cumulative updates for Windows 10 2004 as they are released.
If you do not wish to link to the Windows Insider program, you can continue to use Windows 10 2004 build 19041.84 until it is officially released in April.
Once officially released, you will be able to receive cumulative updates again.
Using this method, users can test Windows 10 2004 with a clean install before it is released to try out new features and determine if there are any issues with the build in your organization.