What You Need To Know About Windows 10's Next Big Update

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A new Windows 10 update used to be a cause for excitement. Lately, they have been force-fed to us through gritted teeth. Following a string of borked updates and equally borked patches, the once infallible OS has taken a serious dent to its reputation. But hopefully the next update - version 1909 - will be return to form. Here's what we know.

For those with very short memories, Windows 10's September update - designed to remedy a crippling bug in the previous update - ended up causing more problems than it fixed. Microsoft was forced to hastily release two security updates in a bid to fix the damage. It was a messy situation - and eerily reminiscent of the infamous 1809 Update debacle from 2018.

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Needless to say, Microsoft is in sore need of a perfect, bug-free update right now. Assuming all goes according to plan, what can users expect?

What's new in the Windows 10 October 2019 Update?

As reported by Windows Latest, the next big update for Windows 10 is expected to land in early October. Code named '19H2′, it will be a substantially smaller update compared to last month's, with an emphasis on performance and reliability over cool new features.

Notable tweaks and improvements include an expanded Start menu when you hover your mouse over it, an updated Lock screen with digital assistant integration, the ability to create Calendar events directly from the Taskbar, a more user-friendly Action Center, more control over notifications and a higher level of power efficiency for laptop batteries. Machines with newer Intel chips should also receive a slight boost to performance.

When can I get the Windows 10 October 2019 Update?

The update has already been pushed out to select Windows Insiders members on the Release Preview Ring. According to Windows Latest, we may see a public rollout on October 3 to coincide with the launch of Microsoft's new Surface laptop range. Once made public, it will install automatically just like a regular patch.

Will it be another clusterf*ck?

For Microsoft's sake, let's hope not. It's imperative that the next Windows 10 update is smooth and painless for users. Another string of OS-related snafus does not bear thinking about. So, uh, no pressure, guys.

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[Via Windows Latest]


Comments

    Will the new update include less ghastly themes and give back the 10 pixel windows borders instead of the useless 1 pixel borders.

    I have just removed the latest "quality updates" I downloaded yesterday morning from my AMD computer. The computer slowed down and froze instead of going to to sleep and I could not leave it for 10 minutes without having to reboot. Even the clock went on strike and stopped. I haven't found anything yet to explain the problem online, but since removing the updates, everything is back to normal. I'm guessing it may be to do with the graphics drivers, but mine are up to date and the computer is only 2 years old.

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