Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Version 20H2

Microsoft announced today that it has begun rolling out the October 2020 Update, which will upgrade Windows 10 to version 20H2.

“In this work, learn, and connect from home environment where people are relying on their PCs more than ever before, we are taking a measured seeker-based rollout approach to the October 2020 Update,” Microsoft’s John Cable announced. “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. 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.”

So, no surprises there. But if you’re interested in experiencing Windows 10 version 20H2 as soon as possible for some reason, and you didn’t previously take advantage of my tip for doing so ahead of its general release, here’s how you can get it now, assuming you are running Windows 10 version 1903 or later and it’s being made available to your particular PC configuration: Just open Settings and navigate to Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates. If the update appears, select Download and install.

As with last year’s Windows 10 releases, those already running the latest Windows 10 version (2004 in this case) will have a faster overall update experience because the update will install like a monthly update, and not as a real feature update. Those with Windows 10 version 1903 or 1909 will experience the normal and time-consuming feature update installation process.

Windows 10 version 20H2 doesn’t have a lot in the way of major new features—I already have a separate article on that topic—but it does provide enterprise and education customers with 30 months of support. So the October 2020 Update is also now available through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update for Business, and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC), Microsoft says.

“As with each release, we will closely monitor the October 2020 Update experience and share timely information on the current rollout status and known issues (open and resolved) across both feature and monthly updates,” Cable notes. Which is hilarious, since Microsoft didn’t do anything of the kind with the previous feature update.


Share post

Please check our Community Guidelines before commenting

Conversation 32 comments

  • sherlockholmes

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 1:10 pm

    <p>Gets some popcorn and waits for the first reports of bugs coming in …..</p>

  • eric_rasmussen

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 1:15 pm

    <p>I really hope there is a fix for WSL coming. WSL2 was still broken with the most recent insider build of 20H2 that I was running, but I'll try with an official ISO from MSDN (I refuse to call it a Visual Studio Subscription for some reason). </p>

    • eric_rasmussen

      Premium Member
      22 October, 2020 - 5:14 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587430">In reply to Eric_Rasmussen:</a></em></blockquote><p>As a follow up, I now have 20H2 installed and the issues I had with WSL 2 no longer exist. ?</p>

  • MarkRadaba

    20 October, 2020 - 1:18 pm

    <p>Paul, Do you know the KB article number for the 20H2 release?</p>

    • sherlockholmes

      Premium Member
      20 October, 2020 - 1:27 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587433">In reply to MarkRadaba:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>KB4562830</p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        21 October, 2020 - 8:21 am


      • MarkRadaba

        21 October, 2020 - 3:08 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#587435"><em>In reply to SherlockHolmes:</em></a><em>Thanks!</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

  • will

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 1:41 pm

    <p>I just did a check on a computer like 5 minutes ago and this shows up now. It is an optional install, but there it was. Checked 2 more and it is there as well. </p><p><br></p><p>Not sure if it is released to all or if I just happened to have 3 machines it shows up on.</p><p><br></p><p>Edit: I missed the part that if you have 2004 it will show up faster than if you do not. I guess they still are not 100% on the 2004 release since this builds on that one.</p>

  • blue77star

    20 October, 2020 - 2:05 pm

    <p>Have been running 20H2 since March, pretty good release (stability) wise.</p>

  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 2:36 pm

    <p>For all those who complain that they can't see the update or it isn't being offered to them yet, try this:</p><p><br></p><p><a href="; target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p><p>On that page, under <strong>Windows 10 October 2020 Update</strong>, click the <strong>Update Now</strong> button. Takes about 10 minutes, soup to nuts.</p><p><br></p><p>You're welcome.</p>

  • anoldamigauser

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 2:38 pm

    <p>The Conexant HD Audio drivers that were a problem for 2004 are still a problem…and they are not being updated since the company is gone.</p>

  • chrishilton1

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 2:51 pm

    <p>Many of my machines, including surface laptop 3 and pro 7, along with dell desktops still not getting 2004. Crazy.</p>

  • waethorn

    20 October, 2020 - 3:12 pm

    <p>It's also on the software download page:</p><p><br></p><p></p><p><br></p><p>On Windows, you'll get the downloader tool. On other OS's, you'll get a straight ISO image. If you want an ISO image offered while browsing on Windows, you can fake another OS/platform using your browsers development tools.</p>

    • dftf

      20 October, 2020 - 7:49 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587476">In reply to Waethorn:</a></em></blockquote><p>Worth-nothing that as the 64-bit ISO image is 6.2GB (4.5GB for 32-bit) if downloaded directly, it won't fit on a standard, single-layer DVD disc.</p><p><br></p><p>The Media Creation Tool, however, creates a much-smaller ISO that does fit. So anyone needing to create a DVD version will need to use that.</p><p><br></p><p>(I'm still puzzled why Microsoft doesn't just compress the "install. wim" file inside the direct-download ISO images more-heavily to reduce the image size so it will fit…)</p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    20 October, 2020 - 4:07 pm

    <p>If it is an enablement package, why is it throttled? Everyone on 2004 should have been moved to 20H2 today. This stupidity has to stop. </p>

    • garethb

      Premium Member
      20 October, 2020 - 9:39 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587488">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>Perhaps they would like to see how it goes for people in small chunks, rather than just deploying it to 30% of the PC market and discovering an issue.</p><p><br></p><p>No matter how small, sometimes these things just go badly. Destroying 500 million PCs in one fell swoop wouldn't help the stock price.</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      21 October, 2020 - 8:18 am

      Possible that most of the throttling is for those on pre-2004 builds that are also blocked for that.

  • thretosix

    20 October, 2020 - 4:12 pm

    <p>As someone who still uses the control panel, it's going to take some time and research to implement this one on a test PC. Anyone test if GodMode still works after the update?</p>

    • dftf

      20 October, 2020 - 7:52 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587492">In reply to Thretosix:</a></em></blockquote><p>I'm not-sure much more has moved from Control Panel into Settings in 20H2 compared-to 2004.</p><p><br></p><p>Just some extra Sound settings I think.</p><p><br></p><p>So if you are used to Settings in 2004 then nothing really new to learn…</p>

    • Sir_Timbit

      21 October, 2020 - 11:21 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587492">In reply to Thretosix:</a></em></blockquote><blockquote>If you right-click on "This PC' and select Properties, it will now take you to "About" in Settings as opposed to the old "System" control panel…. It's still there, though.</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • StevenLayton

    20 October, 2020 - 4:16 pm

    <p>I seeked (Sought?) and I got it. Another dull, boring update. Great!</p>

    • sherlockholmes

      Premium Member
      20 October, 2020 - 10:54 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#587493">In reply to StevenLayton:</a></em></blockquote><p>There is nothing wrong with a "dull, boring update". Thats the way it always should be. Windows doesnt need fanzy new features. </p>

      • StevenLayton

        21 October, 2020 - 7:28 am

        <blockquote><a href="#587562"><em>In reply to SherlockHolmes:</em></a><em> I think we're in agreement here, maybe my post wasn't clear :)</em></blockquote><p><br></p>

      • Paul Thurrott

        Premium Member
        21 October, 2020 - 8:13 am

        Couldn’t agree more. I wish it was always like this.

      • justme

        Premium Member
        21 October, 2020 - 9:20 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#587562">In reply to SherlockHolmes:</a></em></blockquote><p>I dont want to take any business away from Paul, Mary Jo, or Brad, but I *much* prefer a "dull, boring update" over what we've had previously. :)</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      21 October, 2020 - 8:17 am


  • Piras

    20 October, 2020 - 7:56 pm

    <p>This upgrade should be easy peasy…</p>

  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    21 October, 2020 - 8:45 am

    <p>I can't believe we don't get UWP Notepad with Windows 10 20H2! I assumed it would be rolled out (or at least made available) starting with this version, but it's still only available to insider builds. Geez, that must be one tough application to port. ?</p>

  • sephdk

    21 October, 2020 - 10:52 am

    <p>Any news on the <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">Conexant issue? Is Synaptics working on a fix? Or are we doomed to remain on 1909 forever?</span></p>

  • Sihaz

    21 October, 2020 - 6:13 pm

    <p>This time it went onto my pro 7 without the 10 week wait ☺️??</p>

  • dftf

    21 October, 2020 - 6:55 pm

    <p>One tip: if you're running Windows 10 Version 2004 currently and want 20H2 ASAP then DO NOT use the "Update Assistant Tool" to install it as it essentially does a full-reinstall to get Windows 20H2 on there, so will take an-hour-or-more and will download around 4GB or more of data. Wait until it appears in Windows Update and from there it'll be a small download and should take around 5-10 minutes to install.</p><p><br></p><p>(I'm not sure if running the "Media Creation Tool" and choosing "Upgrade this PC" is a short or long process — anyone tried?)</p>

  • xnederland

    23 October, 2020 - 10:39 am

    <p>For Windows 10 version 20H2 Enterprise or Pro, Go to Computer Management, Local Users and Groups, click on Users…</p><p>Await the surprise…&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>


Stay up to date with the latest tech news from!

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thurrott © 2023 BWW Media Group