Windows 10 October 2020 Update hits Release Preview Insiders, drawing closer to launch

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft pushed the Windows 10 October 2020 Update to Release Preview Insiders today.
  • This is the last Insider stop before the update will make its way to the public.
  • Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview channel can download the update now via Windows Update.

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update is making its final Insider stop before it spublic release. Microsoft announced today that the update is now available for Windows Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview channel. It's being offered as build 19042.508.

Release Preview Insiders won't have the update automatically installed. Instead, Microsoft is opening it up for "seekers" who choose to install it through Windows Update. From Microsoft's blog post:

Please note that the October 2020 Update will be offered to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel via our "seeker" experience in Windows Update at first. This means Insiders will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and choose to download and install 20H2. Once an Insider updates their PC to the October 2020 Update, they will continue to automatically receive new servicing updates through Windows Update (like the monthly update process).

As part of this rollout, Microsoft is also automatically updating Insiders on the Beta channel to the October 2020 Update as part of its servicing testing. If you're enrolled in the Beta channel and have yet to install this build, Windows Update should grab it automatically.

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update is expected to begin its initial public rollout at some point in the coming weeks. There's no exact date available yet, and things could always be delayed if there are any showstopping bugs that crop up. Oncethe public release starts, it will slowly open up to more devices to avoid any major, unforseen issues.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • Windows 10 development was a disappointment this year in terms of features from an productivity end-user experience. I love the new Edge so I guess that's part of Windows 10.
  • It is not, as it is avaibable in other platforms, windows versions and will be even avaiable for Linux. It's totally separated from Windows 10.
  • And still waiting for 20H1. Not even an "it's available but you are not ready yet" notification. I'm on 1909 and I'm "up to date" on all my 3 home PCs.
  • Download the Update Assistant.
  • Thanks! I am aware of workarounds. The question is, do I really want to do this if Microsoft may intend to block me from getting it for some reason? Also, how many grandmas (sorry for the generalisation) will do this to keep Microsoft in the momentum of updating PCs and make their version ratios look good in the usage statistics? Also for the latter reason I am pretty curiois to see if Microsoft manages to make my PC auto-update at all. Or at least show me a middle finger of some kind on the update page as they advertise more and more features coming that actually do this.
  • I think I will give it a miss for a year or two.