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Microsoft has just announced that Windows 10 22H2 is ready for widespread deployment. This means that it is available for more eligible devices than before. And that it has entered its final phase of deployment.

This new status was achieved just over a month after Microsoft released Windows 10 22H2 on October 18. For some versions, like Windows 10 1809, it took six months to be considered ready for wide deployment, a signal from Microsoft that it was stable enough to be safely rolled out to enterprise PC fleets.

But Windows 10 22H2 was an “extended scope release,” or a release without any major new features. Until November 18, only people with certain eligible devices running Windows 10 20H2 or later could install Windows 10 22H2. Now that Windows 10 version 22H2 has been “designated for broad deployment”, more devices running 20H2 are eligible.

Windows Update Settings and “Check for Updates”

“As part of the large-scale rollout phase, Microsoft is offering this update to an expanded set of eligible devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 and later,” Microsoft says on its Windows release health hub.

Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 20H2 received a final patch in May 2022, so those users should already be updated. However, Education, Enterprise, and IoT Enterprise editions reach end of service on May 9, 2023.

Otherwise, the process is always the same. Anyone with an eligible device can install Windows 10 22H2 by opening Windows Update settings and selecting “Check for updates”. Once the update is ready for the device, the user will see the ‘Download and Install’ option.

Microsoft promised the installation would be quick

The good news for those on Windows 10 20H2 or later is that 22H2 should install as a monthly update. Microsoft promised that the installation would be quick for enterprise customers.

Microsoft provides 18 months of support for Home and Professional editions of Windows 10 22H2, and 30 months of support for Enterprise and Education editions. On the other hand, for the Windows 11 22H2 version, Enterprise and Education edition customers get 36 months of support, compared to 24 months for Home and Professional edition users.

Microsoft has pledged to support “at least one version of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025”.

Windows 11 22H2 continues to be a free update

Windows 10 22H2 was the first Windows 10 feature update since the release of Windows 11 on October 5, 2021, which marked its move to annual rather than semi-annual Windows feature updates. Windows 10 22H2 arrived about a month after Windows 11 22H2 was released to mainstream users on September 20.

Windows 11 22H2 continues to be a free update for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users whose PCs meet the minimum requirements, according to Microsoft officials.

Microsoft doesn’t reveal adoption numbers for each new version of Windows, but estimates from third-party research suggest that Windows 11 adoption is very low among enterprises, in part due to the hardware requirements the OS requires. However, certain groups of users – such as gamers, who generally have newer hardware – have moved to Windows 11 in large numbers.



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