New Windows 10 Version 21H2 Features Head to (Some) Insiders

Posted on August 18, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 8 Comments

While most enthusiasts are locked into Windows 11 now, Microsoft plans a handful of new features for Windows 10 this fall too. And as of today, Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel can check out those new features for the first time.

No, none of them are interesting.

“Today we are releasing 21H2 Build 19044.1200 (KB5005101) to the Release Preview Channel,” a new post to the Windows Insider Blog reads. And now it gets confusing. “This update will be offered automatically for Windows Insiders already on Windows 10 version 21H2 in the Release Preview Channel. For Insiders not yet on Windows 10 version 21H2[,] this update is offered via our ‘seeker’ experience in Windows Update and ONLY to Insiders who were moved from the Beta Channel to the Release Preview Channel because their PC did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11.”

In other words, only a limited subset of Insiders can even test this. And they will need to manually check for updates in Windows Update to get it.

So what about those new features?

As you may remember, Microsoft announced Windows 10 version 21H2 in mid-July and it revealed then that this release would include a handful of small new features: WPA3 H2E support for enhanced Wi-Fi security, simplified password deployments with Windows Hello for Business, and GPU compute for machine learning and other compute-intensive workflows in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).  All of those features are ready for testing in the Insider Program. Assuming you meet the weird requirements in the quote above, that is.

Exciting, right?

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “New Windows 10 Version 21H2 Features Head to (Some) Insiders”

  1. colin79666

    Good to have few new features. If this becomes the last version of Windows 10 then businesses will want to stick with it for at least a couple of years before they get their estates upgraded although the usual support lifecycle would suggest another h2 release next year or an extension the the usual policy to get to the 2025 end of life.

  2. dnationsr

    don't have it yet

  3. brothernod

    They need to make Windows Terminal the default (shell?) in Windows 10 20H2 pretty please. No idea when i'll get 11 at work and this would help hold me over from a productivity standpoint.

    • darkgrayknight

      It'd be nice if IT would let us install it at least, but if it came with, then it would be installed without the hassle of getting approval.

      • brothernod

        Yup, that's exactly my situation. I doubt i could ever win them installing it as an optional feature but once it's the default i'll get the perks. Now to start fighting for WSL.

  4. Shel Dyck

    it's not that hard to find a copy of the enablement package online and run it on pc's that didn't get the offer.