Ahead of Windows 10 version 21H2 “November 2021 Update”
rollout, Windows 10 May 2020 Update aka version 21H1 has been
cleared for broad deployment, meaning it is now being pushed to
users widely. In some cases, Windows 10 version 21H1 will be
Windows 10 feature updates are typically declared ready for
broad deployment when another feature update is imminent. In
this case, it looks like Microsoft has finally started
preparing Windows 10 version 21H2 or November 2021 Update
rollout for consumers and enterprises.
Microsoft has been working to resolve the issues and most of
the critical bugs are now marked as resolved. In updated
support documentation, Microsoft clarified that May 2021
Update is designated for broad deployment and users should
install the feature update to take advantage of the features
and advanced protection from security threats.
In other words, anyone can now check for updates and start
downloading version 21H1, whereas before the update was offered
as a manual/optional download.
Microsoft prepares November 2021 Update
That said, Microsoft is currently preparing Windows 10 November
2021 Update for public rollout, which is expected to begin in
Microsoft has confirmed that build 19044.1288 is the candidate
for public rollout in November and it is now available to
download for testers. For those who want to try the update
today, they can enroll their device in the Windows Insider
program’s Release Preview channel and preview the update
through the seeker experience.
In the Release Preview channel, you can choose between Windows
11 and Windows 10 21H2, and users will automatically receive
monthly updates through Windows Update.
Version 21H2 is a follow-up to version 21H1, which was released
back in May. This is the second feature update for Windows 10
in 2021 and it is an enablement package, just like the previous
two releases. New features available with version 21H2 are also
expected to arrive in version 21H1 with future cumulative
What’s new in November 2021 Update
Windows 10 version 21H2 is all about minor improvements for
enterprises as new features are now developed for Windows 11
only. When Microsoft announced the feature update in July, it
confirmed that there will be support WPA3 H2E standard, better
control over Windows Hello and GPU compute support in Windows
Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
Windows Subsystem for Linux is finally getting better support
for machine learning and other workloads. In addition to GPU
support, Windows Subsystem for Linux is expected to get general
improvements directly via Windows Update.
Microsoft has also started testing Windows 11 Store for Windows
10, which is currently available to testers in Release