Windows 10 2004 to introduce Windows Hello in safe mode

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  • Windows 10 2004 should hit general availability anytime this week.
  • The May 2020 update supports the use of Windows Hello in safe mode.
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Windows 10 2004 or the May 2020 update should hit general availability anytime this week. It comes with significant feature improvements, including the ability to use Windows Hello in safe mode.

Launching Windows Hello in safe mode

You will be able to launch Windows Hello in the diagnostic mode of Windows 10 2004. Of course, the feature will only be available if you update to that version of the OS.

With the update, Microsoft is enabling users to utilize biometric authentication when troubleshoot their PC in safe mode.

The objective of launching the diagnostic mode is to test the condition of any hardware with default settings and basic drivers.  If the device functions well in this mode, then an update you made to the device in question maybe the issue.

Sign-in without a password

The sign-in experience is appreciably smoother with the current version of Windows Hello than without it.

But you still have to supply your password to access your PC. Well, this is set to change with the upcoming May 2020 Update.

Microsoft has been experimenting with passwordless sign-in for a while now, a feature that is coming to Windows Hello soon.

To use it, simply configure Windows Hello PIN sign-in for safe mode. This way, you can access your system’s diagnostic mode to troubleshoot your hardware without providing your password.

The feature became available to Windows insiders in the Fast ring in October last year. That time, Microsoft released build 18995 with a couple of feature enhancements to that group of beta testers.

Microsoft is already done developing Windows 10 version 2004. Actually, it finalized the OS back in December last year.

Since then, the company has been releasing beta versions of the OS with various bug fixes and feature improvements. Build 19041.208, the last significant update to Windows 10 2004, made it to release preview on April 30.

The Windows 10 May 2020 Update should enter general availability between May 26 and May 28.

Are you eager to install Windows 10 version 2004? Feel free to share your thoughts by leaving a message in the comments section below.