Microsoft begins rolling out Windows 10 version 20H2

Humza

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Bottom line: Windows 10 users running version 1903 or later can now update to Microsoft’s latest publicly available build - Windows 10 version 20H2. The October 2020 feature update is getting a throttled roll out to avoid potential download issues, though proactive users can manually seek it by going to “Check for updates” under Windows Update. For PCs currently running the May 2020 version, Microsoft notes that transitioning to Windows 10 20H2 will be quicker as it will install like a monthly update.

Microsoft’s October 2020 Update for Windows 10 focuses more on the UI aspects of the OS rather than major under-the-hood changes or bug fixes (whew, right?). There’s a small list of known issues, according to Microsoft, while a third-party driver-related issue has been fixed in this release.

The main highlight of version 20H2 is the new theme-aware Start Menu that we previously saw in an Insider Preview Build a few months ago. The new translucent menu adapts to your system theme, while the removal of solid color for app tiles in favor of transparency makes them a bit easier to read.

Visual tweaks have also been made to the Notifications section, which now includes the corresponding app logo, in addition to its name, on top of the toast/alert for easier identification. Windows will also no longer ask or notify 2-in-1 device users if they want to switch to tablet mode or vice versa upon detaching/attaching their keyboard and will quickly adapt its uncluttered taskbar for touch mode.

Focus Assist notifications have been disabled as well and will no longer alert users when they enable Focus Assist either manually or via automatic rules.

The Settings app, meanwhile, gets a new Refresh Rate section under Advanced display settings to allow for quickly changing its value, instead of clicking further into menus and tabs. Users should also see a new copy button under Settings > System > About that can come in handy for quickly sharing their PC info.

Windows’ Alt + Tab functionality has also been altered with this update and will now let users cycle through Edge Tabs as well. Microsoft continues to tightly integrate Edge with the OS, and the October 2020 Update will install the browser's Chromium-powered version by default.

Edge users will now be able to view and cycle through the 3 most recent tabs in the Alt + Tab interface, in addition to opened/running apps. They can tweak this setting to view 5 recent Edge tabs or if they’re feeling brave enough, set it to view all tabs, which should make for an interesting Alt + Tab experience during productivity hours. Thankfully, they can also disable this setting altogether by heading to System > Multitasking > Alt + Tab.

In terms of new Edge features, Microsoft has introduced “Collections,” which is its Pocket for Firefox-like experience that lets users save and share web content and syncs it across PC and mobile.

As with most Windows feature updates that add a few new app shortcuts after installation, the October Update will auto-pin the aforementioned Edge browser, the Xbox app to show you Game Pass for PC upon sign-in, and the Your Phone app if a user provides their phone number during the install process.

Additionally, Education and Commercial users will get a simplified mobile device management experience (MDM), improved virtualization-based security with Windows Hello sign-on support, better app and data protection for Microsoft 365 and Edge with Windows Defender Application Guard that will open Office files from untrusted sources in a virtualized container. The update will also let IT admins assist employees and school staff set personalized tab pages in the Edge browser.

As expected, Microsoft is cautiously rolling out the Windows 10 October 2020 Update. “We are throttling availability over the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience, so the update may not be offered to you right away,” notes John Cable, Microsoft’s VP for Windows Servicing and Delivery.

Curious users can, of course, manually check to download and install this update as long as they’re running Windows 10 version 1903 or later. Alternatively, they can make use of the Windows Media Creation Tool for a fresh install to the latest OS version.

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Lionvibez

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I've installed this on my sony vaio test laptop and running well.

My main desktop is still on 1909 will wait abit before doing it on this one.
 

BSim500

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"Windows Alt + Tab functionality has also been altered with this update and will now let users cycle through Edge Tabs as well.
^ If any sane person wants to disable that : Settings -> System -> Multitasking -> "Pressing Alt + Tab shows windows that are open on" -> Select "Open Windows Only".

Microsoft continues to tightly integrate Edge with the OS.
Great. Looking forward to ActiveX 2.0 next year... /s
 

Adhmuz

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I dunno, should I wait for the "last update cause massive data loss" articles first? Or is it actually safe this time?
If you can live without this update for a few weeks I'd say wait, give it a month.

If you can live without your data in the event it does wipe out all your personal data, I'd say go right ahead.
 

Avro Arrow

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So, they still haven't put back anything that's actually USEFUL like "Recent Places" in explorer. Instead, they come up with something stupid that few, if any, people will actually use.

I'd love to know just how they come up with these "almost good" ideas. If they want a hit on their hands, stop taking functionality away and make it operate like XP, which EVERYONE loved.

For people who don't know how to get Recent Places back into the File Explorer, a fine person named "Kemal Celik" (Google Name) had this to say:
" For the ones who cannot find recent folders/places, please follow the below instruction: Open File Explorer and type shell:::{22877a6d-37a1-461a-91b0-dbda5aaebc99} in the Address Bar. Press {ENTER}, and this opens the Recent folders shell folder. Click the Pin to Quick access button in the ribbon, to pin it in the Quick access area. "

I haven't tried this myself yet (I'm at work) but the reactions to the post seem to have been overwhelmingly positive so I'm hopeful. Not having "Recent Places" in File Explorer has driven me mad for years.
 
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Avro Arrow

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^ If any sane person wants to disable that : Settings -> System -> Multitasking -> "Pressing Alt + Tab shows windows that are open on" -> Select "Open Windows Only".
Bless you. I'll be sure to implement that as soon as this "update" (read: attempt to screw our systems) is installed.
Great. Looking forward to ActiveX 2.0 next year... /s
That's it. I want Mozilla to create a file browser to replace Windows Explorer. One that uses tabs as well as separate open windows. I can pretty much guarantee that it would see widespread adoption.
 
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psycros

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Bless you. I'll be sure to implement that as soon as this "update" (read: attempt to screw our systems) is installed.

That's it. I want Mozilla to create a file browser to replace Windows Explorer. One that uses tabs as well as separate open windows. I can pretty much guarantee that it would see widespread adoption.
Mozilla is too busy throwing the last sliver of their browser market share down the crapper.
 

Avro Arrow

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Mozilla is too busy throwing the last sliver of their browser market share down the crapper.
How are they doing that? I use Firefox almost exclusively and I've never noticed any problems with it. I'm not saying that it isn't true, I just don't know what it is that they're doing wrong.
 

BadThad

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Just freaking fix Windows Explorer, we don't need a bunch of new crap most of us will never use. Explorer has degraded in Windows 10, many of us had problems with the search being totally broken where you couldn't even click in the search box......that's a pathetic and extremely annoying bug!

Microsoft, if you really want to improve Windows, give us power users a stripped down, bare OS without all the fluff. Maybe call it Windows 10LE. I still contend that Windows 7 was the best OS they ever made! Clean and simple!
 
I dunno, should I wait for the "last update cause massive data loss" articles first? Or is it actually safe this time?
I accidentally forgot to stop this update, and now some very basic simple things like "Windows Explorer"
or "File Explorer" no longer work. Specifically, if one tries to right-click on a Windows Explorer shortcut on the Desktop, the right -click does not work at all, such that one cannot get to "Run as Administrator" or to "Open file with..".
In addition, if one uses another file management utility, such as XYplorer, simply clicking or doubleclicking to open a *.PDF, or a *.DOCX, etc does not work at all. The "little blue circle of death" just keeps circling forever.

Note that I now cannot even add or edit any Desktop shortcut, because right-click does not work.

I went through SFC /SCANNOW, it repaired something, but the log did not mention Explorer.exe at all.
Apparently a necessary utility like explorer.exe is no longer part of what "system files" are.

I searched for all instances of "explorer.exe" on this Win 10 64bit machine, and found numerous ones,
in different folders, with different sizes, with different dates. Some of them even have the same "version number" but come in different sizes, which is quite suspicious.

Does anyone here now the version number as well as the file size in bits of the "explorer.exe" file in Win 10 Home 64bit, that is still working properly?

Because then I could delete all the other ones, and keep the one that still worked. I'll try anything to avoid reinstalling Windows, and avoid reinstalling all programs (sorry, Apps) and data. Because I don't have the 5 days it takes to do that.


If I were crazy, I'd run for president and make each and every evil software company pay for their insane mistakes and their unwillingness to have a basic "lemon law penalty for bad software". It has to be forced on them! But I am not crazy, just annoyed at MSFT, once again! I wish I were smarter, and could figure out Linux, or richer, to afford Apple, but, that didn't happen as yet.



 
If you can live without this update for a few weeks I'd say wait, give it a month.

If you can live without your data in the event it does wipe out all your personal data, I'd say go right ahead.
lol well said good sir, well said. ?

So, the condensed version. Wait. Always... wait. heh
 

Mugsy

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Glad to finally see some focus on making the GUI look better.

Win10 is still uglier than a $2 hooker though.
 

Markoni35

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Windows 7 was better looking than Windows 10. Just like MS Office 2007 was much better looking than any MS Office released afterwards.

But I have no doubt that MS Office 2035 will return to the Office 2007 look and present it as "something completely new and much better looking". Because they hope that people remembering Office 2007 will die of Corona by then.

 

Danny101

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Just upgraded from 1903 to 2004. I can wait. I tend towards stability than features. My usage hasn't changed that much. I miss the old days of nLite custom remastering software trimming the fat off of Windows.