Windows 10 20H2, October 2020 Update, final release outs for testers

The October 2020 Update for Windows 10 is now available for testers in the Release Preview Channel of the Windows Insider Program.

Windows 10 20H2 in Release Preview Channel
Windows 10 20H2 in Release Preview Channel

Windows 10 20H2 (October 2020 Update) is now available for download, but only for testers in the Release Preview Channel as Microsoft prepares to make the update fully available in October.

According to the company, users with devices in the Release Preview Channel should be able to download and install build 19042.508 using Windows Update, which is the final version of the October 2020 Update. The company also says that devices enrolled in the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program will receive the new version as a cumulative update automatically.

If you want to upgrade to the latest update early, you’ll need to enroll your computer to the “Windows Insider Program” settings page using the “Release Preview Channel” option. Also, if you’re already running the May 2020 Update, then the process will take a few minutes and reinstallation won’t be required. However, if you’re running an older version, the device will first upgrade to version 2004 with a full installation and then the version 20H2 will apply.

While Microsoft is making available the final version on September 18, 2020, it’s a soft-release only available for those users who understand the risks of running a preview that may still contain bugs.

Once you install version 20H2, you can start taking advantage of the new features and improvements, such as the new Start menu design, Microsoft Edge tabs in the Alt + Tab experience, and other tweaks.

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