Windows 10 October 2020 Update will install in matter of minutes

Windows Update

Windows 10’s next feature update (20H2) is now being finalized
Microsoft has christened it as the October 2020
Update. With this feature upgrade, Microsoft is hoping to
improve the overall experience of Windows on consumers and
businesses’ PC as part of their new servicing cadence.

As we’ve reported, the October 2020 Update is a relatively
minor release with improvements and bug fixes.

Microsoft says the October 2020 Update is more about
under-the-hood improvements, but there’ll be some nifty
improvements that you’ll like. This includes improved live
tiles, a new out of the box experience for the taskbar, and
fixes to improve the overall performance of the systems.

Windows 10 20H2 is also a very tiny update in terms of size and
it’ll be delivered via an “enablement package” that is
downloaded from Windows Update to turn on the new features.

When you download the enablement package, which weighs around
80MB (as in megabytes), build number changes for the OS from
Build 19041 to Build 19042.

According to our own testing, if your PC is running Windows 10
May 2020 Update (version 2004), the upgrade takes just a few
minutes. Of course, this process would be longer than 5-10
minutes on older hardware with HDD.

On a 150mbps internet connection, the enablement package took
under a minute to download and another two minutes to finish
the installation. This enablement package weighs only 80MB
because it doesn’t actually download any objects as all the
features are already baked into Windows 10 version 2004 (May
2020 Update).

Windows 10 20H2 is also distributed in the .cab archive format,
which is a single file that basically stores compressed files
of Windows Updates. Checking the standalone download package of
this .cab confirms just how small this update is.

Windows 10 20H2 enablement package

The size of the x64 .cab file is just 84.8 MB and the x86
variant is only 79.60 MB. Comparing the May 2020 Update and
October 2020 Update before and after installing the Enablement
Package offers a clue why.

The short story is that enablement package simply enables the
dormant features in May 2020 Update.

If you don’t have the July or August cumulative update applied
to version 2004, the upgrade process will not work and you’ll
have to go through the standard update process where the update
package weighs more than 3GB.

If you’re running Windows 10 version 1909, 1903 or earlier,
you’ll get the full feature update. This will take the normal
30-40 minutes.

If you want to install the October 2020 Update, I recommend
testing the May 2020 Update first. If you have any
compatibility issue with May 2020 Update, you’ll have the same
problem after the October 2020 Update.

On a bright side, if May 2020 Update works for you without any
issues, October 2020 Update will be a smooth ride too.

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