Windows 10 Version 20H2 is Just About Done

Posted on August 21, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 17 Comments

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Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 version 20H2 is ready for commercial validation, one of the final milestones in the schedule for this decidedly minor upgrade.

“Windows 10 version 20H2 is now available for commercial customers to begin feature exploration and validation prior to being released for general availability,” Microsoft’s Aria Carley wrote. “You can access Windows 10 version 20H2 through all standard outlets, including Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and Azure Marketplace, or you can download an ISO file.”

Like Windows 10 version 1909, Windows 10 version 20H2 is not a real feature update if you’re upgrading from version 1903. In that case, it is just another cumulative update, similar to the updates we all install every month. (For those upgrading from versions of Windows 10 prior to version 1903, Windows 10 version 20H2 will install like a normal feature update.) That means it will install very quickly, though it does require a reboot.

“As with Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909, versions 2004 and 20H2 share a common core operating system with an identical set of system files,” Carley continues. “New features are included in monthly quality updates for version 2004 in an inactive and dormant state. These new 20H2 features remain dormant until they are turned on through the ‘enablement package,’ a small, quick-to-install ‘master switch’ that activates the Windows 10, version 20H2 features.”

The enablement package she refers to was apparently added to Windows 10 version 2004 with the June 2020 monthly quality update. So organizations running managed, commercial versions of Windows 10—e.g. Windows 10 Pro or better—can now flip the switch and check out the handful of new features.

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18 responses to “Windows 10 Version 20H2 is Just About Done”

  1. RobertJasiek

    And when will 2004 be done? Still waiting for it to appear.

  2. epguy40

    hi Paul Thurrott


    looks like 20H2 might be called the "October 2020" Update as this recent announcement from MS came out Fri. Sept. 18:

    blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2020/09/18/preparing-the-windows-10-october-2020-update-ready-for-release/

  3. pesos

    Navarac, Aria's not new. And as for 20h2, been running it for a couple months with no issues on x64 and arm64. Good build. We already have about 5% of our work machines on it.

  4. madthinus

    Can we please do away with the separate builds. This is just nuts. We are now backporting features with cumulative updates, we might as well just do the enablement on a single build and call it a day.

  5. blue77star

    Running 20H2 when 2004 got out, it is pretty much done and it works well.

  6. navarac

    ....and another new name (Aria Carley).

  7. JerryH

    Besides the 1903 error, the last two sentences are wrong. The enablement package is an MSU file - an update file - that is about 100 Kb (Kilobytes) in size) that you run to enable the features. For enterprises that were on 1903, you deployed the enablement package to get to 1909. Same thing with machines on 2004, you deploy the enablement package to get to 20H2. It is not something that is already added to Windows. It is how you move forward. If you are deploying via say SCCM SUM, you would send out the enablement package.

  8. SvenJ

    Another update already? Didn't we just get 20H1 (2004) like two days ago?

  9. darkgrayknight

    Like Windows 10 version 1909, Windows 10 version 20H2 is not a real feature update if you’re upgrading from version **1903. In that case, it is just another cumulative update, similar to the updates we all install every month. (For those upgrading from versions of Windows 10 version **1903, Windows 10 version 20H2 will install like a normal feature update.) That means it will install very quickly, though it does require a reboot.


    **I'm thinking you mean 2004 rather than 1903

  10. locus123

    Still blocked from 2004.

  11. sherlockholmes

    Makes you wonder why Microsoft didnt invent this "master switch" earlier.

  12. sephdk

    I'm still blocked from 20H1, so I will probably get 20H2 by 2022.

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