Beginning today, October 18, Microsoft will make Windows 10 22H2, its annual feature update, available to mainstream users on select devices.
Microsoft is rolling out the annual feature update for Windows 10 one month after starting with Windows 11. On October 18, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 22H2, the year’s only “feature update” for Windows 10, is now available for manual download.
Windows 10 22H2 (Build 19045.2006) ISOs are now available. Version 22H2 is now also accessible via Windows Server Update Services (including Configuration Manager), Windows Update for Business, and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC). The countdown clock for 22H2 support begins today, with Home and Pro users receiving 18 months of support and Enterprise and Education receiving 30 months.
Update: As expected, Microsoft made the promised missing features of Windows 11 22H2 available today as part of its optional/non-security updates (for “Week C”). Users can now test out the tabbed file explorer, suggested actions, taskbar overflow, and other Windows 11 22H2 enhancements. These will be available to all users on the next Patch Tuesday, November 8.
Microsoft officials have been tight-lipped about the Windows 10 22H2 feature set, other than to say it will be available as a “scoped set of features.” This is Microsoft’s way of saying that a feature update is small enough to be delivered in the form of an enablement package that activates the new features, making the update process quick and simple for those who are already running the previous release (Windows 10 21H2, in this case). Despite the relatively small number of new features, Windows 11 22H2 was not distributed via an enablement package.
I asked for a feature list for Windows 10 22H2 again today. There was no response.
Microsoft entered the final testing phase for Windows 10 22H2 in July 2022, making it available to testers in the “Release Preview” channel. Windows 10 22H2 is now available to “seekers” running Windows 10 20H2 or later. This means that Windows users who are running “select devices” with Windows 10 can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and check for updates. Users can choose Download and Install once the update appears. The 21H1 update will feel and update like a regular Windows 10 feature update for anyone running older versions.
Microsoft officials continue to refuse to say how many of the 1.4 billion monthly active Windows 10 and 11 users are on Windows 10, but most industry observers believe that a year after its initial release, there are still relatively few running Windows 11. Microsoft will support Windows 10 until October 20, 2025.