Microsoft confirms Windows 10 21H1 update with no major changes

Windows 10 21H1 confirmed

In the last two years, we have seen a pattern of a major
feature update, followed by a minor one with bug fixes and
improvements. As we’ve reported previously, huge alterations
are now happening to the release cycle of Windows 10 feature
updates and the first update of the year will be a minor
affair.

Windows 10’s next feature update is ‘version 21H1’ i.e ‘Build
19043’, and Microsoft has finally confirmed that it’ll be based
on the October 2020 Update (version 20H2), as our sources have
previously suggested, except this time we’ve official
confirmation from the Redmond giant.

In a note to hardware partners, Microsoft stated
that Windows 10 version 21H1 would follow the ‘same guidelines
as 20H2’ and it will not modify the Windows Hardware
Compatibility Program, which means version 21H1 will be
compatible with all existing PCs, apps and drivers.

“No change [to driver signature]. Drivers that meet all the
applicable Windows 10, version 2004 requirements will be
digitally signed with the same signature attributes,” Microsoft
confirmed.

Windows 10 21H1 Settings

Although even so, it’s likely that there’ll be quality
improvements, minor new features for consumers, and some new
known issues as well.

Windows 10 version 21H1 rollout plans

Windows 10 users running version 20H2 can directly update to
version 21H1 using an ‘enablement package’, which is expected
to be smaller than one hundred megabytes.

The
Windows 10 21H1 feature update is expected to launch in the
spring of 2021 and it’s also getting a throttled roll out
to avoid potential download issues. However, users can manually
seek it by going to “Check for updates” under Windows Update.

Since the version 21H1 is based on version 20H2, the update
process will be quicker as it will install like a monthly
update.

At the moment, we don’t know if there’ll be anything exciting
in this release, though we do know one thing: this update
focuses more on the Settings app of the OS and general quality
improvements.

In the next few weeks, users in the Release Preview channel
will start receiving version 21H1 preview builds and Microsoft
will share more details through their press release or blog
posts.

The road after version 21H1

Once the minor update of the year ‘version 21H1′ is released,
it would make sense that the next version of Microsoft’s
desktop system would be ’21H2’, also known as Sun Valley update
and it will include bigger changes.

Before version 21H2, Microsoft is planning to launch the
highly-anticipated Windows 10X on single-screen devices.

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