Windows 10, what does it mean that the device is not ready

With the Windows 10 May Update 2020 on computers appears a particular message: here's what it means

For a few days are multiplying reports about a strange message of Windows 10 that, more or less, reads like this: "Your device is not ready". The reports are all after May 27, and it's no coincidence: the message, in fact, has to do with the famous 2020 May Update.

The May Update is the first major semi-annual 2020 update of Windows 10 and is being distributed right from May 27, 2020. Not everyone has received it, because at this early stage you need to search for it among the available updates on Windows Update. At a later stage it will be downloaded automatically, but already today you can force the update through Microsoft's Update Assistant. This staggered timing is not at all coincidental: it was Microsoft itself that decided to release the May Update in this way and, in fact, the message telling us that the device is not ready is part of this May Update rollout strategy.

Why your device is not ready for the May Update

The message reported by users is as follows: "The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is coming soon. We are offering this update to compatible devices, but your device is not quite ready. When your device is ready, you will see the update available on this page. There is nothing you need to do at this time." Here's the explanation: if your computer isn't ready to install the May Update, it's probably because it has some component that requires one or more drivers or management software that might conflict with the new version of the operating system. That's why Microsoft advises you to wait: when the new drivers that are 100% compatible with the May Update have been released (and therefore installed), then you will see the update among those you can download.

What to do if your device is not ready

In a single word: nothing. You can install the update yourself via the Update Assistant, but it is strongly discouraged. If Microsoft itself considers that our PC is currently incompatible with the May update, the most likely thing that will happen if we install it is that we'll end up with an unstable or malfunctioning computer. Having patience, in this case, is definitely the best choice because in the past many Windows 10 updates have caused problems with specific hardware configurations.