Finally, the Windows 10 Fall Update is here, better known as the October 2020 Update or Windows 10 20H2. The new update remains free for all existing Windows 10 licenses and features a number of changes, including a new start menu, configuration improvements, and better integration with Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft has finally managed to release Windows 10 20H2, now called the Windows 10 October 2020 Update. Announced via the company’s Windows Experience Blog , Microsoft has been testing the update as Windows 10 20H2 for a while now. The October 2020 update is available for download on devices running Windows 10 1903 or later, although Microsoft notes that it will take longer to update starting in 1903 than the May 2020 update.
The October 2020 update is smaller than the one Microsoft announced in May, but it still features some notable changes. Most of them have been consigned to the start menu and task bar, given a new life. For one thing, the Start menu has a new look, with more emphasis on matching the theme of the rest of Windows 10. Microsoft has made large partially transparent tiles too.
On the other hand, the taskbar has been fixed. Windows 10 will put fewer things on the taskbar by default, while now it will also remove the search bar when you switch to tablet mode. The October 2020 update also integrates the Xbox Game Pass within Windows 10 and brings the Microsoft Edge tabs within the Alt + Tab shortcut.
It is now also possible to change the screen refresh rate from the main settings menu, instead of having to dive into third-party programs. Microsoft has summarized all the changes that the October 2020 update introduces in its Windows Experience Blog article.
Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2) released with a new Start Menu and how to download it now
After a trial started in June Microsoft ‘s pulled Windows 10 20H2 , full name Update October 2020 Windows 10 . The new feature update is now available to all users, through a typical rolling rollout plan that provides for rolling package first on newer systems or those that shouldn’t experience configuration-based issues.
Among the novelties we have the version number that is based on different criteria: the new versions are no longer identified with four digits, but with two initial digits that will indicate the year and finally H1 (first part of the year) or H2 (second half of the year). The new update is then called Windows 10 20H2 , the next will be Windows 10 21H1 and so on. Previously, the last two letters (or rather numbers, in that case) indicated the month the update was released (not always exact).
As we’ve previously written, Windows 10 20H2 comes as an update with relatively small features, just like Windows 10 1909 did last year. Also, for those who already have Windows 10 2004, only one enablement package will be installed that will activate features that are already present in the current operating system code but not yet available to the user. Windows 10 2004 and Windows 10 20H2 will also receive the same monthly security updates, with similarly named versions.
It is not, we emphasize, a fundamental update like the security ones and it will not be installed on the system in use. The user will be able to choose whether and when to do this, unless a version is installed near the end of support. Among the main novelties we have the version of Edge based on Chromium installed for the first time natively , a new graphical interface for the Start menu with a less crude appearance, new selections of applications are expected in the taskbar on the first launch, and more.
How to upgrade to Windows 10 October 2020 Update now
If you are lucky the procedure is very simple: go to Windows update and do the manual search for updates, Windows 10 October 2020 Update (version 20H2) should appear among the proposed downloads.
In most cases, however, the procedure is not so trivial, but it is still within everyone’s reach. All you need is the Update Wizard software or the Media Creation Tool , both available at this address . Once downloaded, follow the different steps suggested by the programs, paying attention if you want to keep the pre-existing data or not.
Alternatively, those who can access the above MSDN, My Visual Studio Download, can also download the .ISO files to create bootable keys or media, or it is also possible to subscribe to the Windows Insider program, Release Preview channel and install the package via Windows Update.