Tuesday, October 20th 2020

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Microsoft late Tuesday released the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, the year's second major update to the operating system. This update focuses on improving the user interface, without too many under-the-hood changes. It sees closer integration of the Edge web-browser with Windows, where Alt+Tab lets you cycle not only among open windows but also among web-browser tabs. Edge also introduces Collections, a feature akin to Firefox Pocket, which lets you easily organize and save content you find on the web.

Updates to the Start menu and Taskbar see app icons do away with the square "modern UI" background in the apps list. The Display Settings now include refresh-rate setting. Windows comes with closer integration of 2-in-1 device context switching (between tablet to laptop modes). Commercial users get simpler mobile device management, improved Windows Hello biometric sign-in, and Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG), which uses hardware isolation to protect supported apps such as Edge and Office, by leveraging hardware virtualization. Microsoft started releasing the Windows 10 October 2020 Update (free for existing Windows 10 users), through Windows Update.
A video presentation by Microsoft follows.

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40 Comments on Microsoft Releases Windows 10 October 2020 Update

#2
Caring1
Does it change all your settings that took ages to get just right back to default spy mode?
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#3
Verpal
Caring1
Does it change all your settings that took ages to get just right back to default spy mode?
Bold of you to assume any of our puny setting ever being effective against M$.
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#4
Makaveli
I just installed it on one of my test laptops that had 2004 so far so good.

Waiting a month or so before trying on my main desktop which is still on 1909.
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#5
windwhirl
DeathtoGnomes
First come, first brick! :rolleyes:
I really would love to know why everyone else has a problem with every other feature update while I get a build upgrade every single week and everything works fine...
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#6
Nephilim666
windwhirl
I really would love to know why everyone else has a problem with every other feature update while I get a build upgrade every single week and everything works fine...
This. Never had an issue other than Windows not being able to do audio properly, which it still can't.
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#7
Kursah
windwhirl
I really would love to know why everyone else has a problem with every other feature update while I get a build upgrade every single week and everything works fine...
Its just the thing to do and has been for so long at this point, true or not for this update, someone's bound to do it. For those who don't want to wait for Windows Update: www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

I see the odd issues here and there with various Windows updates, but not as frequently thankfully. I've honestly seen more issues with some Windows Server updates. This update for Win 10, so far so good on one device, time to test the rest. :toast:
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#8
okbuddy
ssd takes 2 hours to update
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
windwhirl
I really would love to know why everyone else has a problem with every other feature update while I get a build upgrade every single week and everything works fine...
the people that tweak all the settings get the issues, those of us that leave it alone are fine.
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#10
Caring1
I just updated using the link above, and only thing I see different is in Programs and Features there are 4 installations with tomorrow's date. o_O
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#11
Gruffalo.Soldier
I'm the only one
Kursah
Its just the thing to do and has been for so long at this point, true or not for this update, someone's bound to do it. For those who don't want to wait for Windows Update: www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

I see the odd issues here and there with various Windows updates, but not as frequently thankfully. I've honestly seen more issues with some Windows Server updates. This update for Win 10, so far so good on one device, time to test the rest. :toast:
Trying it now, ty
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#12
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
windwhirl
I really would love to know why everyone else has a problem with every other feature update while I get a build upgrade every single week and everything works fine...
Don’t know, but on my main system until 1909 these huge feature updates would completely bork the system. I always ended up saying screw it and do a fresh install, so got to do each upgrade twice, lol. Now, it all works fine, although an in place upgrade does force me to reinstall some additional programs. It just depends on the mood I am in now whether I just install from scratch or upgrade.

In any case I have it on a 180 day delay in group policy as standard practice.
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#13
roberto888
okbuddy
ssd takes 2 hours to update
Took me about 50minutes on my 8yrs old laptop with a Sata3 SSD limited to Sata2 speeds.
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#14
windwhirl
okbuddy
ssd takes 2 hours to update
That's weird. That's about the time I would expect it to take with a spinning disk, at worst... For reference, every time I do a build upgrade it takes about half an hour from the moment I restart the machine to start the upgrade until I'm able to work again, with a SATA Mushkin Triactor 3DL SSD...
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#15
EarthDog
Oh God.... wish me luck... upgrading now............ lol

EDIT: That took like... 10 seconds... It DL's the W10 2H20 update (several seconds), rebooted and viola! If this is a bi-annual major update, it felt like a minor Defender definition update it went so fast.......
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#16
okbuddy
roberto888
Took me about 50minutes on my 8yrs old laptop with a Sata3 SSD limited to Sata2 speeds.
my connection is slow, as it grabs the 4gb esd file takes a long time
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#17
windwhirl
Caring1
I just updated using the link above, and only thing I see different is in Programs and Features there are 4 installations with tomorrow's date. o_O
Your setup comes from the future :laugh:
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#18
EarthDog
okbuddy
my connection is slow, as it grabs the 4gb esd file takes a long time
dialup? Yikes. This was started and finished within a couple of mins at most.
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#21
Makaveli
roberto888
Took me about 50minutes on my 8yrs old laptop with a Sata3 SSD limited to Sata2 speeds.
Same for me my old sony vaio laptop which is a 2011 model took about 45 mins.
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#22
TheLostSwede
TheLostSwede
Maybe your monitor informs its refresh rate like that? It's weird, though.

And yeah... 8 bit + FRC...
www.displayspecifications.com/en/model/9219250

Supposedly 8-bit + FRC should show up as 10-bit in Windows.
I have never seen this display show up as anything but plain old 8-bit anywhere. Maybe Asus lied? The same seems to apply to a lot of their so called 10-bit displays.

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#23
EarthDog
Then Acer did too? I have a Predator (27" 1440 144/165Hz IPS). It will do 10-bit but only if the refresh rate is 98Hz or lower I guess... maybe that is the issue? That dropdown is greyed out for me currently.
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#25
Chrispy_
closer integration of the Edge web-browser with Windows
Am I the only one who gets annoyed that various links in Windows open up in Edge despite Edge not being the default browser?
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