This week on Pureinfotech: On October 20, 2020, Microsoft kicked off the rollout of the Windows 10 version 20H2 for millions of devices around the world. The feature update is available for download through Windows Update as a cumulative update for computers already running version 2004, and as a regular update for devices running version 1909 and 1903.
The company is also making available the update using the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade or clean installation, or if you prefer you can also use the Update Assistant to do an in-place upgrade. In the case that you prefer using the ISO file, you can now download the Windows 10 20H2 ISO directly from the Microsoft servers without the need of the Media Creation Tool.
This semi-annual update of Windows 10 doesn’t include significant changes, but it’s a small refresh with several improvements and welcome visual changes, specially for the Start menu.
While the gradual rollout is off to a good start, this week, Microsoft published a list with current known issues blocking version 20H2 for some devices.
The company also released the Windows 10 build 20241 in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program with a new theme-aware splash screen for modern apps and updated defrag tool.
As part of the “C” release, a new preview of the next update of Windows 10 version 1909 and 1903 was made available as an optional install with a slew of non-security fixes. Also, the update KB4580364 released in the Beta and Release Preview channels with a bunch of upcoming fixes and improvements for Windows 10 20H2.
In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Staircases to refresh your desktop.
Tech tips roundup
This week, you also learned a bunch of new tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to check if your computer is already running version 20H2.
We looked into the instructions to download the Windows 10 version 2004 ISO file after version 20H2 becomes available, in case you need to downgrade or perform a clean installation using an older release.
If you know that your computer is compatible with the October 2020 Update, but the enablement package doesn’t appear in Windows Update, you can use these steps to download and install the update KB4562830 to switch versions.
Windows 10 20H2 has the same minimum system requirements as version 2004. If you want to confirm your hardware configuration, you can check the requirements in this guide.
In the case that you’re still wondering whether you should wait or install the Windows 10 20H2, in this guide, I answered this question to help you to make a more informed decision.
This week, I also updated the Windows 10 update history tracker page with more information and better organization to make it easier for you to find all the details about every quality update available for every release of the operating system.
If you still have a device running Windows 7, in this guide, you’ll learn the steps to create a full backup to protect your files and installation.
Although Windows 10 checks and downloads updates automatically in the regular basis, from time to time, you may also need to install them manually, and in this guide, we’ll learn all the different ways you can update Windows 10.
If you’re having any tech problems, remember that you can submit your questions in the Pureinfotech forums.