Windows 10 as a service is updated twice a year with new
features and improvements. The next update for Windows 10 is
known as “20H2” because it will land in the second half of
Microsoft says Windows 10 20H2 or Build 19042 will include a
“scoped set of features”, which means that this will be another
minor update with no groundbreaking changes, as was the case
with Windows 10’s November 2019 Update.
In addition to minor changes, Windows 10 20H2 could offer some
bigger improvements as well, including the
brand-new Start Menu that comes with “theme-aware” tiles,
and updated Alt-Tab app switcher with support for tabs open in
There are various other tweaks as well. For example, Microsoft
is also working on tweaks for notifications and settings. In
addition, there are plans to populate taskbar with icons more
relevant to you based on your Microsoft account when you clean
install Windows 10.
For the manufacturer, Microsoft has now confirmed that Windows
10 version 20H2 will not bring updates to the “Windows Hardware
Compatibility Program”. In other words, there’ll be no changes
to the Hardware Lab, Drivers, and system requirements for
Windows 10 version 20H2.
“Windows 10, version 20H2 release will not bring updates to the
Windows Hardware Compatibility Program and follow the same
pattern as 19H2,” Microsoft said.
This also means that those upgrading to 20H2 from the current
Windows 10 version 2004 (20H1) will have a streamlined upgrade
process. Users will also notice a faster installation process,
just as if they were installing a cumulative update.
Last year, Windows 10 November 2019 Update WHCP requirements
were announced in October and the feature update was released
to consumers in November. This year’s WHCP requirements
detailing seems early and it also indicates that 20H2 could
launch earlier than expected.
The update, which will likely land in the autumn later this
year, will include the new Start Menu, Alt-Tab multitasking
improvements, and Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser. It
will also include the fixes delivered in the recent cumulative
updates for Windows 10 version 2004.