The Windows 10 October Update Is Finished – Here’s What’s Coming

BY admin September 21, 2020 Microsoft 3 views

The second big update to Windows 10 this year is now complete, according to Microsoft, ahead of next month’s launch.

The second big update to Windows 10 this year is now complete, according to Microsoft, ahead of next month’s launch.

In an update posted on the Windows blog, Windows chief Brandon LeBlanc said that the newly released Build 19042.508 is the “final build” of the update, which is now being released for testing.

It’s now available to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel. Those users will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and choose to download and install 20H2, which is the official version name of the October update.

This update is a much smaller deal than version 2004, which was released earlier this year. Microsoft has settled into a pattern with Windows 10 updates, where the first major update of the year brings lots of new features and the second is more of a tidy-up.

Among the new features in this release is yet another tweak to the Windows 10 Start menu, which applies a semi-transparent background to the tiles and sees new icons for many of the built-in apps, giving the Start menu a much more elegant look. The Start menu also adjusts automatically to light and dark themes.

The update also includes improvements for two-in-one devices with detachable screens, automatically switching to tablet mode when you remove it from the keyboard. There will be further improvements to the Your Phone app, too, with more Samsung smartphone owners able to run their Android apps on their PC.

Beating the bugs

Microsoft – and the hundreds of millions of Windows 10 users – will be hoping the update is smoother than the May update, which was beset with problems that left many unable to even install version 2004. Some of those problems remain unfixed to this day, four months after its release.

Microsoft has warned there’s already one known bug in the October update, which affects the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This will only affect those who want to install Linux distros alongside Windows 10 and Microsoft says the bug should be fixed by the time the October update is made available for general release.


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