Windows 10 October 2020 Update is so tiny that it’ll download instantly

Windows 10 October feature update

Windows 10 October 2020 Update will begin rolling out to
consumers sometime next month, but
you can already install the update if you’re willing to
join the Windows Insider program.

While the feature update is expected to begin rolling out next
month, Microsoft won’t begin force-feeding 20H2 to users until
next year, when it begins upgrading machines reaching the end
of support, such as version 1903 or version 1909.

On consumer PCs, you’ll be able to download and install the
update via Update & Security > Windows Update. In the update
page, you need to click on ‘Download and install’ button, and
the update won’t be forced on your device unless you select the
option.

Windows 10 20H2 Release Ring

The update process is still same, but there’s one major change
– October 2020 Update will install via the “enablement
package,” which will transform May 2020 Update into October’s
feature update 20H2.

The enablement package weighs less than 100MB, as in megabytes.
This certainly makes sense because Windows 10 version 20H2 is
nearly feature-free and it appears to be Microsoft’s another
attempt at the old-school service packs, which include
collections of fixes and improvements made to the existing OS.

We wouldn’t be surprised if the update size is reduced further
after the forthcoming cumulative update.

That’s because cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 2004
are supposed to include October 2020 Update’s dormant features.
In other words, your device running Windows 10 version 2004
will be transformed automatically into 20H2 if the tiny
enablement package is detected.

The enablement package size could go beyond 400MB if you don’t
have the latest cumulative update applied to the May 2020
Update. This is again because the files needed for Windows 10’s
October Update are included in the cumulative updates, which
was pushed out over a month ago.

If you haven’t installed May 2020 Update (version 2004) yet,
you’ll have to face a download of around 4GB to 4.7GB, which is
the common size for Windows upgrades.

It’s also worth noting that this new enablement technology,
which acts as an “update switch”, is still a new project, and
there’s no formal plan to deliver upgrades next year in this
way.

In fact, we’ve already reported that
Microsoft is internally mulling a plan to deliver only one
major update per year.

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