Windows 10 October 2020 Update

The October update has been released to Windows Update and is ready to be installed.

While this release has been tested for months by the "Insiders", once it hits the public, the possible combinations of hardware and installed software becomes unimaginable. 

This has resulted in a number of glitches and some products actually not running. 

It important to note that unlike early Feature updates this update will not be installed automatically even if you are running Windows Home edition.

To see if your machine is ready to install the update please click on the following items

Start > Settings > Updates and security

On the right hand side of the window that opens, under the "Check for Updates" box, you will see a message if your machine is ready for V2004 or V20H2 and a box you must click to start the download / install.

If your machine is showing that it wants to update to V20H2 or V2004 I would proceed with this update. Those machines known to have issues will not see the message so you can't accidentally install.

V2004 is a full Feature update which means basically your current Operating System ( OS ) will be replaced. V20H2 is an enablement release which means it turns on features already installed in V2004.

Depending on which version you are updating from and your machines capabilities this update could take several hours to install.

It is always recommended that at a minimum you back up your data before doing a Feature update. It is also recommended that you do a full backup of your system.

If you want to see what version of Windows 10 you are currently using press the Windows key + R and type Winver in the "Run" box that appeared, then press "Enter".

A window will appear indicating the version and build number. The November 2019 Update is V1909, translated as 2019 September. V2004 is the May 2020 Update and V20H2 is the October 2020Update. The name does not not necessarily match the date the code base was finalized. 

Microsoft has had so much difficulty hitting the dates it now refers to them as H1 and H2, first half of year or second half. The newest V20H2 is 2020, second half.

You must be using a supported version, either V1909, V2004 or V20H2. Microsoft will update your machine to V2004 / V20H2 if you are running an earlier version, say something that starts with V18xx.

If you are not on one of these supported versions please call, you are running unsupported software and you are putting yourself and your data at risk. Actually if you are still on V1903 or earlier there is a very high probability that your update process is broken.

I should note V1903 ended support December 8, 2020.  

While it cannot be said everyone will update pain free, the key to a successful update is patience. Do not power off your device.

As this is a phased in roll out you may not be seeing the the message to "Download and Install" when you follow the sequence Start > Settings > Update and security. With each group of machines that are implemented Microsoft collects data, builds fixes and expands the availability.

For a full description of what is in the release you can Google "Windows 10 October 2020 Update"

For simplicity I'm providing this link


Windows 10 - October 2020 Update


As with any computer, I can't recommend enough the need to regularly back up your data and create the necessary Recovery media after you get the update. A system Image is the best solution for a quick restore. There are excellent free tools to accomplish these tasks. 

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