Windows 10 20H2 update will be based on Build 19042

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Microsoft’s typical update release calendar includes two major
updates every year, one in the spring and another one in the
fall. Multiple manifest files and Registry entries within
Windows 10 May 2020 Update suggests Microsoft is working on
another minor incremental update, which could be released in
the fall.

This points to a future whereby Microsoft will release a major
update in the first half of the year and a minor update with
bug fixes in the second half of the year.

The concept of one major, one minor update has been advocated
before and it was followed last year, but the tech giant hasn’t
been clear on whether they plan to
continue with the new release schedule.

Windows 10 November 2019 Update, which was a minor update,
barely included any new features and many described it update
as a service pack. Microsoft wants to do the same thing this
year and we’ve yet another evidence including the possible
build number of the next minor update.

Build 19042

KB4556803 for May 2020 Update includes reference to multiple
manifests that suggest Windows 10 20H2 update could be based on
Build 19042. The same preview build also adds support for an
enablement package.

Build 19042 manifest

Microsoft previously used Enablement package to turn Windows 10
May 2019 Update into the November 2019 Update, which was a
service pack-like minor release with fixes and improvements.
November 2019 Update barely changed build number from Build
18362 to Build 18363.

In the same way, enablement package will be downloaded from
Windows Update that would turn on Windows 10 version 2009
(20H2) features and change the build number for the OS from
Build 19041 (20H1) to Build 19042 (20H2).

Microsoft is planning to keep the same major build number as
Windows 10 version 2004, which is Build 19041. This makes
sense, as Microsoft delivered last year’s minor update in the
same, as we highlighted above.

In other words, after the public rollout of Windows 10 May 2020
Update in the last week of May, the next update codenamed 20H2
and called Windows 10 version 2009, will follow in the
footsteps of November 2019 Update.

Windows 10 20H2 (version 2009) update won’t be a typical
release and it’s likely to be a much smaller update, but it
will be still worth getting. Version 2009 is expected to bring
improvements to Task Manager, Windows Search, etc.

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