How to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10
How to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10: If you’re like me and are using an old-school desktop PC, you probably haven’t been able to install Windows 11. You may also still be running Windows 10 if you’re a business user with a workflow still optimized for Windows 10 or a leisure user who just prefers it. Motives aside, there are a lot of us. And, fortunately, we now have an update available.
Windows 10 version 21H2 now available to all
Windows 10 version 21H2 is now available for broad deployment according to Microsoft (first spotted by Neowin). If you’re not an IT administrator, the changes in this update likely won’t be too interesting to you. It’s stuff like “GPU compute support for the Windows subsystem for Linux (WSL)” and “Wi-Fi WPA3-Personal H2E support.” If you are an IT administrator, Microsoft has an article for you detailing the updates further.
But, keeping your PC up to date is a good security practice in general, and even small updates often pave the way for bigger features down the line. You’ll also need to update at some point anyway because Microsoft does drop support for old versions of Windows 10 after certain periods of time.
HOW TO UPDATE TO WINDOWS 10 21H2
First, navigate to the Updates section of the Settings application. The quickest way to do this is to type “Check for Updates” into the search bar at the bottom of your screen. Check for Updates that should come up in the start menu — click it.
You’ll be brought to a window where “Feature update to Windows 10, version 21H2” will appear as an optional download. Click Download and install.
For more information about the features in 21H2, you can also click See what’s in this update. This will take you to Microsoft’s support website.
Windows 10 version 21H2 is now generally available
Microsoft has quietly announced that Windows 10 version 21H2 – which made its debut back in November – is now ready for broad deployment. This essentially means that anyone checking for updates will now be able to find and install this version on their machine.
The main audience for Windows 10 version 21H2 is business users who would rather not install a full upgrade that can interfere with their workflow, which would be Windows 11. Windows 10 version 21H2 is a much smaller risk and less time-consuming, and the only changes made here are geared towards business users. Of course, if your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11, you might also want to grab this update.
All that’s new with this version is support for WPA3 H2E standards to enhance Wi-Fi security, GPU computes support in Windows Subsystem for Linux for machine-learning workflows, and simplified deployment of passwordless Windows Hello-enabled systems in business environments, so there isn’t a whole lot. Microsoft isn’t limited to adding features with big feature updates like this anymore, though, so more features can be added over time via cumulative updates. A recent example is the new Search Highlights feature that’s available for both Windows 1o and Windows 11.
If you’re interested, you can get the update by simply going to the Settings app, then choosing Updates & security, and clicking Check for updates. The new version will show up as an optional update, provided your current version of Windows 10 isn’t nearing the end of its support period. In that case, it may install automatically.
The broad availability of Windows 10 version 21H2 comes as Microsoft is preparing to drop support for some older versions of Windows 10 next month. Version 1909 – currently supported for Enterprise and Education customers – will lose all support on May 10th, and version 20H2 support will be dropped for Home and Pro editions on the same date.
Even without a full rollout, Windows 10 version 21H2 was already the most popular version of Windows 10 as of last month, according to AdDuplex. It recently took over from Windows 10 version 21H1, which has fallen to third place behind Windows 11. The latest versions of Windows are seeing decently fast adoption.