The next Windows 10 Update (20H2) is due to start rolling out sometime toward the end of this month (October). Microsoft has made a couple of changes to its updates that you need to be aware of:
- The naming convention: Previous Windows 10 updates have been named after the year and month in which they have been released. For example, update 1903 was released in March 2019, update 1909 in September 2019, and update 2004 in April 2020. Seems we’ve just got a handle on this naming convention when Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to change it. From now on, updates will be named after the year they are released followed by H1 (denoting the first half of the year) or H2 (denoting the second half of the year). That’s why the upcoming update is named 20H2 and, provided Microsoft does not make any further changes, next year’s updates should be named 21H1 and/or 21H2.
- One Feature Update Per Year: Microsoft has been pumping out two feature updates per year but, according to reports, that is set to change to just one feature update per year. If that pans out, it is expected that only the update delivered in the first half of the year will be a feature update and the update delivered in the second half of the year will be a much smaller update consisting only of tweaks and fixes– this includes the soon to be released 20H2 update.
Updating To 20H2 From 1903, 1909, And 2004
This much smaller 20H2 tweaks and fixes update applies only to those users who are updating from Windows 10 2004 and, according to reports, will be an optional update. If you’re updating from either 1903 or 1909, this latest update will also include the earlier feature update (2004). For those updating from 2004, the update should only amount to around 100 MB and install very quickly. For those updating from 1903 or 1909, the update will obviously be much larger, coming in at around 4.0 GB to 4.7 GB and the installation process will consequently take much longer.
Anticipated Changes In Update 20H2
As mentioned earlier, 20H2 does not include any major changes. According to Microsoft, users will notice a slight change in the Start Menu, specifically with the live tiles:
- Start Menu: Microsoft is introducing theme-aware tiles where accent colors can be applied behind pinned tiles. These tiles will also reflect theme preferences, including light and dark modes
- Control Panel & Settings: Deprecation of the Control Panel has been taken a step further with the removal of the System applet from that location in conjunction with expanding the About page in Settings. The updated Settings app comes with a new button that allows copying information under the “Specifications” section to make it easier to share system information
- Edge Browser: 20H2 brings Edge browser tabs to the Alt+Tab task switcher. Options include showing three or five most recently visited tabs, or go back to the default Windows experience
For those who’ve been holding off on installing Update 2004 and are still running either 1903 or 1909, considering all the reports of issues involving 2004, I certainly don’t blame anyone who has been reluctant to take the leap. However, with this latest update due to be delivered in the not too distant future, I believe it would be a good idea to install the 2004 update now. That should give you time to assess the update prior to installing 20H2 which should help simplify matters if any issues do occur.