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Windows 10 version 2009 (20H2): All the new features and changes

UPDATED 4/9: Windows 10 20H2 is expected to rollout during the fall of 2020, and here are all the new features and changes that Microsoft has added to the new version thus far.

Windows 10 version 2009 (20H2) will be the tenth major update since the original release, and Microsoft is expected to release sometime during the fall of 2020. 

However, the company is planning to use the same “major” and “minor” schedule like the updates released in 2019. This means that during 2020, the Windows 10 20H1 is the update considered “major,” and the Windows 10 20H2 will be the update considered “minor” that is expected to rollout similar to a cumulative update with fixes, improvements, and a very small set of new features.

Windows 10 20H2 will also be the second of two developments coming in 2020, and while we’re still a month away from the final release, thanks to the previews available in the Windows Insider Program, we’re now starting to get a glimpse of the changes coming with this new version of the operating system.

In this guide, we’ll highlight the new features and improvements planned for version 2009 as they appear in each test preview.

Quick note: This guide will get updated and republished with new features and improvements as they become available through the Windows Insider Program. However, depending on when you’re reading this guide, some features and changes may still be missing. If this is the case, you can check this section with the latest updates. Also, even though, features available in the Windows Insider Program are expected to ship in a future release of Windows 10, they’re no longer matched to a specific update release. This means that new features available during the developing cycle may or may not be included with the next final release, and this guide will be updated regularly to reflect those changes.

What’s new with desktop experience on Windows 10 20H2 update

Start menu

Although Microsoft is planning to introduce a redesigned version of the Start menu without Live Tiles in future releases, the menu for version 2009 will includes some tweaks, including updated alphabet for the Vietnamese All Apps menu, which doesn’t include letters F, J, W and Z.

File Explorer

In addition to including a real Linux kernel on Windows 10, the software giant is now planning to fully integrate the Windows Subsystem for Linux into File Explorer by adding the ability to access Linux files with a new option in the left navigation pane.

File Explorer with Linux integration
File Explorer with Linux integration

When selecting the Linux icon, you’ll see a view of all your distros, and selecting those will place you in the root file system for that distro.

In the search experience, you can now remove previous searches via an option, if you right click the entry in the dropdown.

Also, users who had previously used HomeGroup will no longer see a notification on upgrade about its deprecation.

Taskbar

The location icon (when in use) has been modified from a solid dot in a circle to a compass arrow.

Task Manager

In the Task Manager, the Details tab now has a new “Architecture” column, which can be used to determine if the app is 32-bit or 64-bit.

Task Manager Details tab with Architecture column
Task Manager Details tab with Architecture column

What’s new with Settings experience on Windows 10 20H2 update

Storage

In the Storage page, there’s a new User cleanup recommendations option that will display the amount of data that Windows 10 may be able to reclaim by deleting certain large or unused files, uninstalling apps that you not use, and clearing copies of files already uploaded to OneDrive.

User cleanup recommendations settings
User cleanup recommendations settings

If you want to see and delete some or all of the files, you can click the See cleanup recommendation option. In the page, you’ll see a list of the items recommended for deletion.

See cleanup recommendations settings page
See cleanup recommendations settings page

Windows 10 can’t make the decision to delete files and apps, but if you’re running out of space, the settings page allows you to select delete unused files and remove apps to make more room for other files.

Display 

The Graphics settings page, available in the “Display” section, now will pre-populate the apps that you may want to change to run on a specific GPU. This is in addition to clicking the Browse button to locate the app.

Graphics settings on Windows 10 version 2009
Graphics settings on Windows 10 version 2009

About

The About settings page no longer shows the current Windows Security status.

Wi-Fi

If you use your computer with a wireless connection, with this new release, Microsoft is removing the separate Hotspot 2.0 setting from the Wi-Fi setting page. According to the company, this setting was provided during the experimental phase, and having it enabled is now part of having Wi-Fi enabled.

Your family group 

In the “Accounts” section, the Family & other users page is splitting the settings into two pages, including Your family group and People on this device.

Inside the Your family group page includes the option to create new accounts linked to your Microsoft account family group. Usually, you would use these settings to create a child account on Windows 10, which you can then control using the parental settings to restrict device, apps, and games screen time, configure web filtering, and much more.

Your family group settings
Your family group settings

In addition, the settings page also has a new Give all family members access to sign-in to the device option, and the option to add a new account has been renamed from “Add a family member” to “Add someone.”

People on this device

People on this device is new to Windows 10, and it’s the page that you’ll use to add or remove new accounts, such as local accounts and accounts for anyone else that’s not part of family group. This page replaces the “Other users” section inside the “Family & other users” page.

People on this device settings
People on this device settings

Time & Language

In the Date & time page, the “Set time zone automatically” toggle will be grayed out (disabled) when location is disabled.

Date & time settings on version 2009
Date & time settings on version 2009

Privacy 

Microsoft is adding Downloads Folder to the Privacy settings page as part of the Windows 10 20H2 update.

Diagnostics & feedback 

In the Diagnostics & feedback settings page, the “Basic diagnostic data” is now known as “Required diagnostic data” and “Full diagnostic data” has changed to “Optional diagnostic data.”

Diagnostic & feedback settings on Windows 10 version 2009
Diagnostic & feedback settings on Windows 10 version 2009

Screen Capture border

The Screen Capture border page is new on Windows 10 version 2009, and it available to control which apps can disable the screen capture border.

Screen Capture border settings
Screen Capture border settings

Windows Update

The Windows Update settings page includes a new “View optional updates” link that opens a new page that allows you to view and decide which optional updates to install on your device manually.

Windows Update settings with Optional updates link
Windows Update settings with Optional updates link

Optional updates are those updates that are not essential to the operation of Windows 10, which can include drivers (such as for printers, cameras, network adapters, etc.), feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates.

Windows 10 Optional updates settings
Windows 10 Optional updates settings

Also, for drivers, you no longer need to browse “Device Manager” for a specific device to update. Windows Update will automatically keep your drivers up-to-date, same as before, but if you’re having a problem one of those optional drivers might help.

What’s new with input experience on Windows 10 20H2 update

Language 

The Scottish Gaelic keyboard now uses AltGr + 7 to input (U+204A TIRONIAN SIGN ET), pressing ´ will now insert the characters, and Alt Gr + ´ now acts as a dead key to add the acute accent with a subsequent letter.

Korean IME improvements

If you type in Korean, you’ll also find a new version of the Korean IME with improvements in the typing experience.

Eye Control

The Eye Control settings interface has been updated to span multiple pages, so that options are easier to find and understand.

Narrator

As part of the Narrator changes, in the new Microsoft Edge, Narrator now automatically enables scan mode and starts reading webpages.

What’s new with system experience on Windows 10 20H2 update

Setup

In the 20H2 update, Windows 10 introduces a new “Family group setup” that allows you to configure multiple accounts when you’re already managing family members from your Microsoft account.

Family group setup on Windows 10 20H2 (sorce: Microsoft)
Family group setup on Windows 10 20H2 (sorce: Microsoft)

Windows Recovery

The Windows RE (Recovery Environment) no longer requires an administrator password to access recovery tools.

What’s new with apps experience on Windows 10 20H2 update

Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 19536. It should be noted that this guide focuses on features for consumers, as Microsoft is also adding other features aimed for enterprises, which aren’t included here. Although all these new changes are part of the 20H2 development. (Last updated on April, 2020.)