Microsoft has just released the latest update for Windows 10 which we have all been waiting for, Windows 10 20H2. Previously released on the Windows Insider Program, the October 2020 update has finally made its way to the stable version which is available to the public.
Once you have updated your Windows 10 to the newer version, the exact build of the Operating System will change to 19042.572.
Microsoft has shifted from a numbering convention in naming their releases to an alphanumeric convention. So the Version no. of this release is 20H2 instead of Version 2009.
Microsoft believes that it is more understandable to the general public and not just the technical people. 20H2 represents that the build was released in the 2nd half of 2020.
Let us see what the new update brings to the table.
Windows 10 20H2 Technical Specifications
- Codename: Windows 10 20H2
- Build: 19042.572
- Release date: 20 October, 2020
- Kernel: WinNT 10.0
- Architecture: ARM64, x64, x86
- Languages: Available in 35+ languages
- SKU: Education, Enterprise, Home, Pro (The N, KN, and Chinese editions are also included).
- Price: This update is free for all users who are already using Windows 10.
- System requirements: The system requirements haven’t changed much. If you are already running Windows 10, you’re good to go. Your system must meet the following minimum requirements:
- The recommended requirements are a lot more than the minimum ones.
|RAM||1GB for 32-bit and 2GB for 64-bit Windows 10|
|CPU||1GHz or faster|
Compatible with x86 or x64 instruction set.
Supports PAE, NX and SSE2
Supports CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF and PrefetchW for 64-bit Windows 10
|Screen resolution||800 x 600|
|Graphics||Microsoft DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
The update size seems to be relatively small, as it is a feature update activating the already-existing features in version 2004 that were dormant.
Download Windows 10 Version 20H2 ISO images
You may use the links provided below to download the ISO image for Windows 10 v20H2:
Windows 10 Version 20H2 64-bit English (5.7 GiB, 114,957 hits)
Windows 10 Version 20H2 32-bit English (4.2 GiB, 31,895 hits)
If you want more languages, you can use the technique used on our Windows 10 download page.
Once you have downloaded the ISO image, you may use Rufus to make a fresh installation or upgrade from an older version. You can also install Windows 10 directly from the ISO without making a bootable drive.
What’s new in Windows 10 20H2?
As Microsoft releases a feature update and a service pack per year, the Windows 10 v20H2 is a feature update, which is a convention for Microsoft to release in the second half of the year. This version brings a more seasoned look to the User Interface (UI) of the Windows environment, along with some other features introduced for the user’s convenience.
Let’s go through some of the new features that you will get in the upcoming Windows version.
Redesigned Start Menu
The Start Menu is redesigned to catch the user’s eye. It has been made to complement the theme of the computer by removing the solid colors in the background and highlighting the icon itself. The Start Menu in general has been made slightly transparent to look more appealing.
Microsoft has worked to make the Windows 10 20H2 user experience the best of its kind. The Taskbar is now automated to pin programs and applications most used by its users. For example, if a user frequently connects their phone to their computer, it will pin the Phone app to the Taskbar.
Improved Notification Management
Windows 10 came with a Focus Assist feature that lets users customize their notification prompts in the Notification Tray. However, the Focus Assist had its own notifications which were an added distraction. With the 20H2 update, the Focus Assist notifications are turned off by default.
Moreover, an “X” button has been added to the popup notifications that will dismiss the notification, as opposed to the previous arrow button which only moved the notification into the tray.
Advanced refresh rate settings
People with monitors that support various refresh rates can now easily switch between their preferred settings directly through the Windows settings. A new category has been introduced as the Refresh Rate in the Advanced Display Settings from where the users can choose their preferred setting.
New Chromium Edge
Windows 10 20H2 now comes with a new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser which is set to become the default browser. The legacy Edge browser has been removed. The new Edge also includes Internet Explorer mode.
Moreover, the Alt + Tab shortcut keys can now be a big time-saver for the people who enjoy multitasking. After installing the update, you can now navigate to
Settings -> System -> Multitasking to customize how your Alt + Tab shortcut keys behave. You can choose between any one of the following options:
- Open windows and all tabs on Edge
- Open windows and 5 most recent tabs on Edge
- Open windows and 3 most recent tabs on Edge
- Open windows only
Enhanced tablet experience
With the new update, users will go directly into tablet mode with a touch-sensitive device and no attached keyboard. This will remove the notification the users used to receive from which they were able to choose whether they wanted to shift from Desktop mode to Tablet mode.
Other changes to the interface have also been made, such as more space between the tiles to eliminate accidental touches, etc.
How to install Windows 10 20H2
For those who are already using Windows 10, the update will be pushed through the Windows Update service. You can check for updates manually by performing the steps below:
- Navigate to the following:
Start Menu -> Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update
- Now click on Check for updates on the right.
- When the scan is complete, click on Download and then Install to begin the installation.
Microsoft is slowly making the new version available to users via Windows Update, and it may take even a few weeks until you get your turn to install this update via Windows Update.
Remove/Rollback from Windows 10 20H2
If for some reason you do not wish to keep the installed update v20H2, you can always roll back to the previous build of the OS. However, this can only be performed within the next 10 days after installing the new update.
For rolling back after 10 days, you will need to apply this trick.
Cleanup after installing Windows Updates
If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands:
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
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