Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

Microsoft is set to roll out Windows 10 October Update in the coming weeks. The update has been available for Windows Insiders for a while now but is yet to be rolled out to the public.

Microsoft has finalized Build 17763 as the RTM build and has confirmed the rollout as well. However, the rollout will take place in phases so it will actually be a while before your PC gets the new update. With the April 2018 Update, Microsoft embedded ML (Machine Learning) to Windows 10 which will ping back to the update servers when a device is ready to receive new updates. This helps Microsoft to deliver a smooth experience and prevent compatibility issues and other software related problems.

The last Windows 10 feature update rollout, the April 2018 Update, utilized machine learning (ML) to identify devices that were ready to update, incorporating key attributes like compatibility data. By leveraging machine learning we were able to safely rollout quickly, and as a result the April 2018 Update is now the most widely used version of Windows 10. Further, our artificial intelligence/ML targeted rollout approach led to the lowest call and online support requests for any release of Windows 10.

However, if you’re someone like me then you won’t like to wait for Microsoft to decide if you can get the latest update. Microsoft has also recognized this and offered a simple solution to those impatient people. If you want the update right now then you can head to Settings>Security and Update>Windows Update and click on “Check for Updates”. This will force Windows to download the latest update but if Microsoft detects that your device has a compatibility issue, the update will not install until that issue is resolved.

If you’re not happy with this and really want the October update right now then you can either Sign up as a Windows Insider or download the ISO files and manually update your PC. Do note that this option is only for Advanced users and you might risk your data as well as the usability of the device.

These ISO files contain all the editions of Windows 10 Build 17763 but don’t come with the final cumulative updates. You can download those from Windows Update later on. Alternatively, you can also select, “Get important updates” while installing the update from the ISO. For others, it’s better to wait as you will eventually get the October Update. You can check out our article on all the new features are coming with Windows 10 October Update to know more.

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Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

Microsoft has released this month’s security updates for several supported versions of its desktop operating system, including the upcoming Windows 10 October 2020 Update. Today’s Windows 10 cumulative update is available for Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004), Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909), and May 2019 Update (version 1903), along with the older versions of the OS.

Today’s Patch Tuesday updates bring a number of improvements and bug fixes to Windows 10. Microsoft had released a preview of these updates last month, giving it some time to test these Windows 10 cumulative updates. But Patch Tuesday Windows 10 cumulative update also adds security fixes to the mix, making these mandatory, non-optional updates.

Changelog of Windows 10 Cumulative Update Builds 18362.1139 and 18363.1139 (KB4577671) for versions 1909 and 1903

  • Updates to improve security when using Microsoft Office products.
  • Updates for verifying usernames and passwords.
  • Updates to improve security when Windows performs basic operations.
  • Updates for storing and managing files.
  • Addresses an issue with a possible elevation of privilege in win32k.
  • Addresses an issue with the Group Policy service that might recursively delete critical files in alphabetic order from %systemroot%\systm32. This issue occurs when a policy has been configured to delete cached profiles. These file deletions might cause stop error “0x5A (CRITICAL_SERVICE_FAILED)” boot failures.
  • Addresses an issue with creating null ports using the user interface.
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, and Windows Storage and Filesystems.

Note that Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909 share a common core operating system and an identical set of system files, which is why they receive the same set of updates.

More details about today’s update for version 2004 is available over at this link. Along with these 3 feature updates, today’s Patch Tuesday updates are also live for version 1803 (KB4580330 -Build 17134.1792), version 1709 (KB4580328 – Build 16299.2166), version 1703 (KB4580370 – Build 15063.2525), version 1607 (KB4580346 – Build 14393.3986), and the original version of Windows 10 (KB4580327 – Build 10240.18725).

You can download it manually now or wait until it arrives on your PC.

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Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 feature release, the October 2020 Update, is finally here. Microsoft said the latest release is available for download manually now, and it will be pushed to users automatically over the coming weeks.

Microsoft finalized the October 2020 Update in September, when it pushed the “final” version of the update to its Insider beta channels. Now the company is rolling out the update to Windows users at large in the same way it’s deployed it in the past: launching it for “seekers” first. If you would like to install the new release right away, you’ll need to open the Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates.

We’ve already reviewed the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, which is a relatively minor release, with one exception: It adds the new Edge browser, based on the Chromium underpinnings that Google’s own Chrome browser runs on. (This means that it can run Chrome plug-ins, while the old Edge could not.) The new release also brings changes in the Alt+Tab behavior and some tweaks to the Start menu.

There’s one more new, though slight, addition. Microsoft recently released a new control to allow you to change the refresh rate of your display as part of the Settings menu. This feature originally surfaced in Microsoft’s Dev Channel for Windows Insiders, a proving ground for the company to try features that may or may not appear in upcoming Windows 10 releases. While we tested an extremely late build of the October 2020 Update, Microsoft has added this new feature as part of the official release. (Another apparent “feature” of the new release—new Office Web apps that have appeared in the Start menu—apparently is just a bug.)

As before, you may not see the Windows 10 October 2020 Update release right away. “We are throttling availability over the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience, so the update may not be offered to you right away,” John Cable, vice president of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, said in a blog post. “Additionally, some devices might have a compatibility issue for which a safeguard hold is in place, so we will not offer the update until we are confident that you will have a good update experience.”

What’s next for Windows is somewhat up in the air. Microsoft said in May that it was repurposing a revamped version of Windows, Windows 10X, for single-screen devices, after it was expected to power dual-screen PCs like the Surface Neo. But the Surface Neo has been delayed, and Windows 10X looks more like a replacement for Windows 10 Home in S Mode. Will Microsoft release the next feature update for Windows in spring 2021, or will it hold it for fall? At this point, no one knows for sure.

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Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the latest feature update for Windows 10, we’ve got some great news — it’s rolling out to compatible systems now.

The October 2020 Update, or Windows 10 20H2, if you prefer, includes improvements to Microsoft Edge, a refreshed Start menu, new Settings, and better notifications.


Microsoft lists these as the key improvements in the update:

  • Alt + Tab = The quick way to access your apps and web tabs. With this handy keyboard shortcut not only can you easily access the apps you have open on your desktop, but now you can also access your open tabs in Microsoft Edge.
  • All the tabs you were looking for. If you’re someone who likes the convenience of pinning your favorite websites to the taskbar, you’re going to love this new feature. Now when you hover over the website icon, you’ll see all the open tabs of that site.
  • A refreshing Start. The Start menu has a more streamlined design. A uniform, partially transparent background to the tiles creates a beautiful stage for the redesigned app icons like Calculator, Mail and Calendar. This refined Start design looks great in both dark and light themes, but if you’re looking for a splash of color, first make sure to turn on Windows dark theme and then toggle “Show accent color on the following surfaces” for “Start, taskbar, and action center” under Settings > Personalization > Color to elegantly apply your accent color to the Start frame and tiles.
  • Smooth Settings. Settings continues to become a more robust place to access security and device details. Also, now when you go to Settings > System > Display, Advanced display settings, you can change the refresh rate of your display. A higher refresh rate allows for smoother motion of visuals, and depending on what kind of display or monitor you have, you may be able to really crank it up — makes for a great gaming experience.
  • 2 in 1 toast elimination. 2-in-1 devices now naturally switch by default to the new tablet experience without the notification toast asking you to switch into the tablet mode when you detach the keyboard, helping to keep you in your flow.
  • Noticeable notifications. New app logos at the top of notifications now make it much easier to identify who they are from. And the new “X marks the spot” lets you quickly click, close and get back at it.
  • A Taskbar tuned to your liking. Getting a new Windows PC? You will enjoy a cleaner, more personalized, out-of-box experience featuring a taskbar specifically curated for you — less clutter and more content that you’ll love. (This experience is limited to new account creation or first logon scenarios.)

As is usual, the new update won’t be made available to all. To begin it will only be pushed out to users of select devices running Windows 10, version 1903 or later, who actively want to install it. If that’s you, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates. If the update appears, select Download and install to get started.

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Microsoft’s newest Windows 10 update, version 21H1, is rolling out now. Here’s how to download the May 2021 update and all of the features it includes.

Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

The latest Windows 10 update is rolling out to devices now.

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The Windows 10 May 2021 Update (also known as version 21H1) started rolling out to compatible devices last Tuesday, Microsoft said in a blog post. The operating system update is the latest since the October 2020 update , and includes a few new features like Windows Hello multicamera support and security fixes. (If you’re running Windows 7 ($28 at Amazon) , you can still download Windows 10 free to get the May 2021 update and avoid security issues .)

While there are a few useful new features, it seems that Microsoft is using this smaller update cycle to prepare for a larger Windows 10 UI update, reportedly code-named Sun Valley, that will be part of Microsoft’s renewed focus on Windows 10 that executives mentioned last year. On Wednesday at the Microsoft Build developer’s conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella teased the next update , saying the company is planning “one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade,” and that Microsoft plans to unveil the new version “very soon.”

We won’t know exactly what that update includes until it’s formally revealed, but we’ve collected some rumors below.

Here’s what to know about Windows 10 version 21H1, and what it could mean for the future of the OS.

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What is Windows 10 version 21H1?

Windows 10 version 21H1 is Microsoft’s latest update to the OS, and started rolling out on May 18. It’s also called the Windows 10 May 2021 update.

Usually, Microsoft releases a larger feature update in the spring and a smaller one in the fall. But version 21H1, though a spring update, is a more minor update rather than an overhaul.

What new features does the Windows 10 May 2021 update include?

According to a February Microsoft blog post, new Windows 10 features include:

  • Multicamera support for Windows Hello, allowing users to choose an external camera when using high-end displays with integrated cameras.
  • Improvements to Windows Defender Application Guard, including optimizing document opening scenario times.
  • Improvements to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating, to support remote work.

“The features we are releasing in this update are focused on the core experiences that customers have told us they’re relying on most right now,” the post said. “So, we optimized this release to support our customers’ most pressing needs.”

According to Digital Trends, the update also includes new icons, updated settings pages and some tweaks to Cortana and the search box experience.

How can I download the Windows 10 May 2021 update?

The May 2021 update began rolling out on May 18 to select devices, starting with those running Windows 10 version 2004 or later. Not all devices will be offered the update right away, so try to be patient until it reaches yours. There also may be some compatibility issues, according to Microsoft’s blog post — if that happens, Microsoft has a safeguard hold in place and will not offer you the update until the team is confident that you’ll have a good update experience.

When the May 2021 update is available to you, you’ll be able to download it by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and clicking Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see Feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1. Click Download and install.

This marks the first time an H1 (first half of the calendar year) feature update is being delivered using Microsoft’s servicing technology. That means it’ll arrive the same way that monthly Windows 10 updates do. It’s also the same way the October 2020 update was released. If you’re already running either Windows 10 version 2004 or version 20H2, it’ll be a fast installation process to get the newest update.

What’s this bigger Windows 10 update that could be coming next?

On an October 2020 earnings call, Nadella said that Microsoft is “doubling down” on Windows and PCs, and will continue to innovate.

This could take the form of a major OS update for Windows 10 later this year that would bring a major design refresh to the UI, according to a report from Windows Central. The update, reportedly code-named Sun Valley, could bring a redesigned Start menu, Action Center and File Explorer, with a more modern look and new features. Sun Valley is expected to be released around the 2021 holiday season, Windows Central says, but that could change.

Again, at the Microsoft Build conference on May 25, Nadella teased the next Windows 10 update , saying the company is planning “one of the most significant updates of Windows of the past decade,” and that Microsoft plans to unveil the new version “very soon.”

Another factor: Microsoft said that its Windows 10X OS designed for dual-screen devices like the Surface Duo and the Surface Neo will not come to market this year, as Microsoft originally intended. Instead, Microsoft will build parts of that technology into other parts of Windows and products from the company, the May 18 blog post said.

Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

Today, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 October 2020 Update, also known as version 20H2, is now available for download. Microsoft says the update is rolling out to ‘seekers’ or those users who opt to install it by manually checking for updates in the Settings app.

After the launch of Windows 10’s May 2019 Update, Microsoft now allows users to skip the feature updates if they don’t need it. If you don’t want to install October 2020 Update today, simply don’t hit the new ‘Download and install now’ option.

If your device is compatible, Microsoft says you will see the option to download and install October 2020 Update under the ‘Optional updates’ section.

Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

It’s also worth noting that you must be using Windows 10’s September Patch Tuesday updates or newer to get the October 2020 Update via enablement package.

As you may know, Windows 10 October 2020 Update includes select performance improvements, Start Menu improvements, quality enhancements, and bug fixes only.

  • Start Menu gets better: Start Menu is finally getting some love from Microsoft. In this release, Microsoft is introducing a new Fluent Design update called “theme-aware”. It aims to remove accent colours from the live tiles to respect your theme preference (light or dark)
  • Alt Tab expands: If you use Chromium-based Edge, Microsoft says you can now use the Alt-Tab apps switcher to access the open tabs of the browser. If you don’t like this experience, you can always switch back to the default layout from the multitasking tab in the Settings.
  • Control Panel’s System applet is being retired, but you can view all the system information in the Settings > System > About.

When you install the Windows 10 version 20H2 update, it increases the build revision number only by one if you’re currently on Windows 10 version 2004. After the update, build number increases to Build 19042 from 19041.

Like other versions of Windows 10, Microsoft will support October 2020 Update for 18 months on consumer SKUs. Enterprises or businesses will receive cumulative updates for 30 months.

Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10 October 2020 Update yesterday, but many of you have yet to see it appear in Windows Update. The company is once again doing a gradual rollout, to ensure a quality experience for everyone. However, Windows Update isn’t the only way to install the latest Windows 10 release.

For users already running the May 2020 Update, Windows Update will provide the fastest update experience as the October 2020 Update will install like a regular cumulative update. That’s because the latest Windows 10 release shares a common core with the May 2020 Update, which already has all the new features in a dormant state. What Windows Update does is just download an enablement package that will turn all the new features on, and the process should take less than 5 minutes on your PC.

If you don’t want to wait for the October 2020 Update to appear in Windows Update, though, you can install it manually on your PC today. Here are 3 different methods you can use, though we recommend backing up your files before proceeding:

  1. You can join the Windows Insider Program and get on the Release Preview Ring, which received the October 2020 Update a couple of weeks ago. You can leave the program once the update has been installed.
  2. You can download the update with the Update Assistant, which is available on this page. However, make sure to back up your files before proceeding as the update process implies a full reinstallation of Windows 10, while keeping your files intact.
  3. You can also use the Media Creation Tool, which can do a full reinstallation of the OS (like the Update Assistant), a clean install (wiping any previous Windows installations, potentially including your files), or create installation media to install the October 2020 Update on other PCs. It’s also available on this page.

Again, it’s probably best to wait for the October 2020 update to become available in Windows Update, as Microsoft uses telemetry and AI to make sure that the installation won’t cause any problems on your PCs. Microsoft is also blocking the update on some PCs due to a compatibility issue with Conexant audio drivers, and affected devices are also unable to install the May 2020 Update via Windows Update.

Overall, the Windows 10 October 2020 Update is a minor release bringing Theme-aware Start Tiles, Microsoft Edge tabs in Alt+Tab, Tablet posture improvements, and more. Stay tuned to OnMSFT as we’ll publish our detailed overview and associated video very soon.

Windows 10’s october update is now widely available here’s how to get it

The Windows 10 October update has a new Start menu

The second big update to Windows 10 this year is now complete, according to Microsoft, ahead of next month’s launch.

In an update posted on the Windows blog, Windows chief Brandon LeBlanc said that the newly released Build 19042.508 is the “final build” of the update, which is now being released for testing.

It’s now available to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel. Those users will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and choose to download and install 20H2, which is the official version name of the October update.

This update is a much smaller deal than version 2004, which was released earlier this year. Microsoft has settled into a pattern with Windows 10 updates, where the first major update of the year brings lots of new features and the second is more of a tidy-up.

Among the new features in this release is yet another tweak to the Windows 10 Start menu, which applies a semi-transparent background to the tiles and sees new icons for many of the built-in apps, giving the Start menu a much more elegant look. The Start menu also adjusts automatically to light and dark themes.

The update also includes improvements for two-in-one devices with detachable screens, automatically switching to tablet mode when you remove it from the keyboard. There will be further improvements to the Your Phone app, too, with more Samsung smartphone owners able to run their Android apps on their PC.

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Your Start menu is about to get a fresh lick of paint. Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 October 2020 update, and while it’s far from the biggest update to the operating system, there are still few new things worth noting.

First, there’s that Start menu change. Microsoft says it has a streamlined design and there’s a more uniform look for tiles, which now have a transparent background. You can add an accent color to jazz things up a bit through the Start, taskbar and action center in Windows settings.

Microsoft Edge is now baked a bit more deeply into the OS. If you pin websites to your taskbar, whenever you hover over the icon, you’ll see all the tabs you have open for that site. In addition, Microsoft has changed up how alt-tab window switching works. Not only will you be able to zip through the apps you have open, you’ll see all of your open tabs in Edge in that view as well.

The update has a number of other features, including an option to bump up your display’s refresh rate directly from the system settings, rather than doing so through your graphics card software. Notifications now include app logos, making it easier to see at a glance where that ping is coming from. On the flip side, you won’t get a notification when you shift to tablet mode on a 2-in-1 laptop. Meanwhile, Microsoft has cleaned some of the clutter out of the taskbar for new users.

As ever, it’ll take some time before Microsoft can roll the update out to everyone. It could be a few days or even weeks until it’s available on your PC or laptop.