Microsoft has finally released Windows 10 version 20H2. The OS, which is also known as 'October 2020 Update', is now available in the stable branch, so anyone can download and install it.
Beginning today, the October 2020 Update is available initially for users of select devices running Windows 10, version 1903 or later who are interested in experiencing the latest feature updates and are ready to install this release on their device. If you would like to install the new release, open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. If the update appears, and you are running Windows 10, version 1903 or later, you can simply select Download and install to get started.
If you are currently using Windows 10 version 2004, this process will take only a few minutes.
Also, Microsoft has published a video that covers the upgrade process. You can watch it here.
Microsoft Windows 10 version 20H2 is the successor to the May 2020 Update, version 2004 released in May 2020. Windows 10 version 20H2 is a minor update with a smaller set of enhancements focused primarily on select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements. You can find what's new in this Windows 10 version here:
What’s new in Windows 10 version 20H2
Version 20H2 will be delivered to devices currently running Windows 10, version 2004 using the KB4562830 enablement package. This is the same technology Microsoft used to update devices from Windows 10, version 1903 to version 1909.
Starting in Windows 10 version 20H2, Microsoft is using different version numbering. Microsoft had switched to a format that represents the half of the calendar year in which the release becomes available in retail and commercial channels. The company had explained that for Windows 10 version 20H2 you will see "version 20H2" instead of "version 2009", as you could expect. This numbering scheme is a familiar approach for Windows Insiders and is designed to provide consistency in Microsoft's version names across releases for their commercial customers and partners. Microsoft will continue to use a friendly name, which is October 2020 Update, in consumer communications.
Microsoft is actually delivering all the features to Windows 10 version 2004 with latest cumulative updates. If you have Windows 10, version 2004, build 19041.423 or above installed, you can quickly enable all the 20H2 features right now with a single Registry tweak. Check out the post
Unlock Windows 10 20H2 features in Windows 10 version 2004 without upgrading
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I really thought this version would have the new settings icon. Turns out it doesn’t.