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Windows 11 preview confirms version 22H2

Microsoft confirms 22H2 as the version number for the next major refresh of Windows 11.

Windows 11 22H2 version reference
  • Windows 11 version 22H2 has been confirmed.
  • The version number reference already appears in the Settings app.
  • This means that Microsoft is closer to finalizing the update.

Microsoft confirms that a Windows 11 version 22H2 is coming later this year. Although the company recently announced that it would be dropping new features as soon as they are ready through quality updates, a new feature update is also expected before the end of the year.

It’s already known that the next major update is in the works with the “Sun Valley 2” codename, and version “22H2” has now been confirmed in the latest preview of Windows 11 in the Dev Channel.

The “22H2” reference can already be found on the About page inside the Settings app. While features and improvements in the Dev Channel are not tied to any specific release of Windows 11, the reference confirms the version number for the update. It tells us that the company is a step closer to finalizing the update and indicates that it could soon start rolling out builds in the Beta Channel.

While it’s unclear the specific details about the features and improvements for Windows 11 22H2, the update is expected to bring back previously removed features, continue polishing the desktop environment, keep porting features to the Settings app to ditch Control Panel, and tweaks to the Start menu, Taskbar, notifications, and more.

You can always upgrade a spare computer with the latest preview of Windows 11 available in the De Channel to test many of the improvements and features expected to arrive with version 22H2.

If you want to enroll your device, you can do so from Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program and click the Get started button. Then confirm your Microsoft account and select the Dev Channel option. If you are still on Windows 10, you will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Once you download and install the latest preview, you will need to clean install Windows 11 to unenroll.