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

UPDATED 12/18: 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

File Explorer

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

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

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

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.

Privacy

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

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

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.

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. (This guide was originally published on December 18, 2019, and last updated on December 18, 2019.)