How to get Windows 10 October 2020 Update now (but should you?)

Windows 10 October 2020 Update

In the evening of September 18, Microsoft announced that
Windows 10 October 2020 Update is being prepared for release.
This is the first time Microsoft has publicly shared the fairly
obvious name of the next feature update that’s otherwise known
as version 20H2.

Microsoft said that it believes Windows 10 Build 19042.508 is
likely to be the final preview release that ships to
non-Insiders, but we’re sure that the build number that goes
out to the general public next month might be different.

For example, if there are any last-minute bugs or security
issues that Microsoft finds before the GA (general
availability), the company could attempt to fix the issues with
a new build, and a new preview build will again increase the
build number.

That’s why we have the ‘Release Preview’ channel. With Release
Preview channel, Microsoft is able to fix both the update
process and any last-minute show-stoppers critical bugs. This
channel/ring is meant for testing the update, but anyone can
use it to get Windows 10 October 2020 Update right now.

Windows Insider settings

In this guide, we walk you through the steps to download and
install October 2020 Update through the Insider program.

How to install Windows 10 October 2020 Update via Release
Preview channel

To download and install Windows 10 October 2020 Update via the
Insider program, use these steps:

    1. Join the Windows Insider program and connect your
      Microsoft account.
    2. Open Settings > Update & Security.
    3. Click on “Windows Insider Program”.
      Join Insider program
    4. Select the “Get started” button.
    5. Link your account using the same Microsoft account
      you’ve used for Insider program.
      Link account
    6. Select the “Release Preview Channel” under pick your
      Insider settings section.
      Release Preview Channel
    7. Read and agree to the terms & conditions.
    8. Click on “Restart Now” when prompted to get your PC in
      the channel. Microsoft says restart is required to get your
      PC ready for Release Preview channel.
      Restart now screen
    9. After system reboot, open Settings > Updare &
      Security > Windows Insider program and verify your
      settings.
    10. If it is “Release Preview Channel” under “Pick your
      Insider settings”, head to the ‘Check for updates’ page.
    11. Click on ‘Check for updates’.
      Windows 10 20H2 Release Ring
    12. If you see the update highlighted in the page, click on
      “Download and install” to begin the installation.

Within the next 48 hours, October 2020 Update should become
available for download on your computer.

Is it a good idea to get October 2020 Update now?

I’ve been using the October 2020 Update on my primary PC for
more than one month and it’s fairly stable, but it’s also
plagued with every issue that we’ve in Windows 10 May 2020
Update.

That’s because the October 2020 Update is based on May 2020
Update and both versions will be serviced with same cumulative
updates.

The only difference is an additional enablement package that
gets added to Windows 10 version 2004 when you ‘Check for
updates’. This enablement package will simply enable new
features, including the new Start Menu.

New Start Menu in dark theme

If you have had issues with Windows 10 version 2004, you should
avoid the October 2020 Update until it’s officially ready for
your device. But if you really cannot wait for the new Start
Menu, you’ve two options — get October 2020 Update now or

unlock the new Start Menu in version 2004.

Microsoft hasn’t clarified when the October 2020 Update will be
released to non-Insiders, but it should begin rolling out by
the third week of October.

Also, according to people familiar with the development, the
October 2020 Update will also become ready to be installed by
Microsoft employees if they wish.

It will begin rolling out to Microsoft employees automatically
later this month or October before the update goes live for
MSDN subscribers and then general consumers.

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