Once again, it's that semi-annual Update-the-PC-to-the-latest-Win10-version time.
But this time, it is different -- in a significant way.
Last time, with version 20.04 (or 20H1 -- it had two names), MS presented the update as an Optional Update -- and they did this because the previous update (version 19.09) had caused so many issues by being automatically "pushed" to folks' PCs. So, they made you ASK FOR the new Update. But, they also had the decency to tell folks that if you were not being offered it, to not go after it yourself -- sound advice that lots of people ignored, to their detriment. That Update was such a disaster that MS actually blocked it for several months!
This time, while it is still an optional update, it is different in another way.
If you are running Win10 v20.04 (or 20H1, if you want to call it that), your current Build is 19041.572 -- which was applied by KB4579311, which came out on Patch Tuesday, October 13th.
The interesting thing is, if you applied that patch, you already have Win10 v20H2 -- that's right, it has already been installed -- it has just not been TURNED ON!
Thus, when you see the v20H2 optional update and run it, you are running something known as an Enablement Package -- KB4562830 -- which does nothing more than TURN ON the udpate. When you reboot after that, you will see your Windows version change to 20H2, Build 19042.752.
That will download a .CAB file onto your PC, but you can't run that directly so do NOT double-click it. Instead, you have to follow these directions: Rename file to KBnumber.сab (for example KB4562830.Cab) Copy to folder C:\ Run command-prompt as admin (Right click on Windows icon and choose option). ... Enter the command “DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:c:\KB4562830.cab“
I did this on a PC that was not getting the 20H2 update and this took under 5 minutes to complete.
I did this today on my desktop and the whole process, from select the update to booting to the new desktop, took less than 2 minutes -- and that is rounded up. Actually took a little over a minute.
When you do this update and are amazed by how fast it happens and recall that MS has been promising to speed up Feature Updates for years now, understand that MS did NOT speed this up -- YOU did -- by downloading the actual update to your PC days ago. The downloading and copying of new features to your Windows version was done then. All you are doing NOW is flipping a switch to turn on the new features.
While the good news is that you're not risking the disaster that was v20H1, it also means that if your PC is currently having problems with 20H1, updating to 20H2 is not going to fix those because instead of being a whole new version of Windows as it has been in the past, it's only a bunch of minor feature additions. So, any issues with 20H1 are likely to remain.
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