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Microsoft Windows 10 version 2004 is optional when a PC is currently on 1909 or 1903.  Version 2004 is not auto-pushed by Microsoft.  (unless perhaps a customer is on the Windows Insider program options).

The May 2020 version is not pushed out automatically by Microsoft unless the current installed version is more than 18 months old.

If the machine is currently on version 1903 or 1909, they can stay on those versions.

         MS End of service life for 1909 Home or Pro is 2021-05-11

         MS End of service life for 1903 Home or Pro is  2020-12-08

         MS End of service life for 1809 Home or Pro is  2020-11-10


Reference https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/


Version 2004 is entirely optional if a machine is currently on version 1903 or 1909.

If you run a Windows Update check ( manually ) and you see the display below, they do not show it with verbiage indicating it is optional.  But it is entirely optional.


Microsoft has said "Windows 10, version 2004 is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909, who manually seek to "Check for updates" via Windows Update."

A manual run would be involved, in addition to that, one would have to click on the Download spot.  Note the 2 lines that encapsulate the notice.

Those 2 lines & this type format is what demarcate a Optional update.

Below is highlighted the demarcation line in orange color.

Things shown below that line are optional.  Required updates would be listed at the top by the icon with the circular arrows. Those are automatically installed.



There is a list of issues about version 2004 & MS has a hold on some systems due to that



Purely as a side note, regarding Microsoft Windows Update:
If you get a message there "This PC can't be upgraded to Windows 10. Your PC settings aren't supported yet on this version of Windows 10."
then you ought to read this article at ZDNet


There are underlying factors for that block.  Such as, potential settings for Core isolation or incompatibility of some display drivers.  
For example, https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/status-windows-10-2004#418msgdesc
also see https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4551203/updating-to-windows-10-version-2004-on-devices-with-hypervisor-protect



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updated end-of-service sate for version 1809
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Windows 10 Version 20H2 is an optional update.  It is the latest release of the Windows 10 OS.



Current status as of October 20, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and higher who manually seek to “Check for updates” via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.
Note Microsoft is slowly throttling up availability over the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience. As a result, the update may not be offered to you right away. For more details, see How to get the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.


See https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/status-windows-10-20h2

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