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October 18, 2022

How to get the Windows 10 2022 Update

We know the important role your PC plays every day for hybrid work, learning, entertainment and gaming, and we are committed to supporting our customers using Windows 10. Today, we are announcing the availability of the Windows 10 2022 Update (also known as Windows 10, version 22H2). Based on customer feedback we are providing a limited scope of new features and functionality delivered via a familiar, fast and reliable update experience. Version 22H2 will continue the recent Windows 10 feature update trend of being delivered in an optimized way using servicing technology.

A scoped and streamlined update

Windows 10, version 22H2 is a scoped release focused on quality improvements to the overall Windows experience in existing feature areas such as quality, productivity and security. We will deliver the 2022 Update using servicing technology (like that used for the monthly update process) to meet our customers’ needs based on feedback. For consumer or commercial users with devices running version 20H2 or later, the 2022 Update will have a fast installation experience. Home and Pro editions of the 2022 Update will receive 18 months of servicing, and Enterprise and Education editions will have 30 months of servicing. More information can be found on the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy site and we will continue to support at least one version of Windows 10 through Oct. 14, 2025.

How to get the Windows 10 2022 Update

The 2022 Update is available to users with devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 or later who are interested in the latest features and are ready to install this release on their device. If you would like to install the new release, open your Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Eligible devices may also be offered the option to choose to upgrade to Windows 11. If the update appears, you can simply select Download and install to get started. Once the download is complete and the feature update is ready to install, we’ll notify you so that you can pick a convenient time to finish the installation and reboot your device, ensuring that the update does not disrupt your activities. To learn more about the status of the 2022 Update rollout, known issues and new information, visit Windows release health.

Information for commercial customers

We recommend that commercial organizations begin targeted deployments to validate that their apps, devices and infrastructure work as expected with the new release. Version 22H2 is now available through Windows Server Update Services (including Configuration Manager), Windows Update for Business and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)[1]. You can find more information on IT tools to support version 22H2 in the Windows IT Pro Blog.

Staying protected and productive

I have consistently noted that being on the latest version of Windows provides you with the latest features, security improvements and control. We recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11.

As a reminder, all editions of Windows 10, version 21H1 will reach the end of servicing on Dec. 13, 2022, and we will start initiating updates to the 2022 Update for these devices later this month[2]. Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10, version 20H2 will reach end of servicing on May 9, 2023. After these dates, devices running versions 20H2 and 21H1 will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protections from the latest security threats.

We will closely monitor both the Windows 10 2022 Update and the Windows 11 upgrade experiences and share timely information on their rollout status and known issues (open and resolved) across both feature and monthly updates via the Windows release health hub and @WindowsUpdate. Please continue to tell us about your experience by providing comments or suggestions via Feedback Hub.

[1] It may take a day for downloads to be fully available in the Volume Licensing Service Center across all products, markets and languages.

[2] Devices running Home and Pro (non-domain joined) editions of Windows 10, version 21H1

Editor’s note: Oct. 18, 2022 – The paragraph above about the scope of the update was changed following initial publication.

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