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Windows 10 Version History

Windows 10 is an operating system developed by Microsoft. Microsoft described Windows 10 as an "operating system as a service" that would receive ongoing updates to its features and functionality, augmented with the ability for enterprise environments to receive non-critical updates at a slower pace or use long-term support milestones that will only receive critical updates, such as security patches, over their five-year lifespan of mainstream support.

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Windows 10 versions
Version Codename Marketing name Build Release date Support until (and support status by color)
  • Home
  • Pro
  • Pro Education

  • Pro for Workstations
  • Enterprise
  • Education
  • LTSC
Mobile
1507 Threshold 1 N/A 10240 July 29, 2015 May 9, 2017 October 14, 2025 N/A
1511 Threshold 2 November Update 10586 November 10, 2015 October 10, 2017 N/A January 9, 2018
1607 Redstone 1 Anniversary Update 14393 August 2, 2016 April 10, 2018 April 9, 2019 October 13, 2026 October 9, 2018
1703 Redstone 2 Creators Update 15063 April 5, 2017 October 9, 2018 October 8, 2019 N/A June 11, 2019
1709 Redstone 3 Fall Creators Update 16299 October 17, 2017 April 9, 2019 October 13, 2020 January 14, 2020
1803 Redstone 4 April 2018 Update 17134 April 30, 2018 November 12, 2019 May 11, 2021 N/A
1809 Redstone 5 October 2018 Update 17763 November 13, 2018 November 10, 2020 January 9, 2029
1903 19H1 May 2019 Update 18362 May 21, 2019 December 8, 2020 N/A
1909 19H2 November 2019 Update 18363 November 12, 2019 May 11, 2021 May 10, 2022
2004 20H1 May 2020 Update 19041 May 27, 2020 December 14, 2021
20H2 20H2 October 2020 Update 19042 October 20, 2020 May 10, 2022 May 9, 2023
Dev Channel 20246 N/A Rolling Builds in Development
Legend:   Old version   Older version, still maintained   Latest version   Preview version

Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are delivered to Insiders in three different channels (previously "rings").[1] Insiders in the Dev Channel (previously Fast Ring) receive updates prior to those in the Beta Channel (previously Slow Ring), but might experience more bugs and other issues.[2][3] Insiders in the Release Preview Channel (previously Release Preview Ring) do not receive updates until the version is almost available to the public, but are comparatively more stable.[4]

PC version history

Mainstream builds of Windows 10 are labeled "YYMM", with YY representing the two-digit year and MM representing the month of planned release (for example, version 1507 refers to builds which initially released in July 2015). Starting with version 20H2, Windows 10 release nomenclature changed from the year and month pattern to a year and half-year pattern (YYH1, YYH2).[5]

Legend:   Old version   Older version, still maintained   Latest version   Preview version

Version 1507

Version 1511 (November Update)

Version 1607 (Anniversary Update)

Version 1703 (Creators Update)

Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update)

Version 1803 (April 2018 Update)

Version 1809 (October 2018 Update)

Version 1903 (May 2019 Update)

Version 1909 (November 2019 Update)

Version 2004 (May 2020 Update)

Version 20H2 (October 2020 Update)

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update[6] (codenamed "20H2"[7]) is the tenth and current major update to Windows 10. The update is the cumulative update to the May 2020 Update, and carries the build number 10.0.19042. The first preview was released to Insiders who opted in to Beta Channel on June 16, 2020.[8] The update was released on October 20, 2020.[9][10] Notable changes in the October 2020 Update include:[9]

  • New theme-aware tiles in Start Menu
  • Improvements to Microsoft Edge
    • New Microsoft Edge based on Chromium included by default
    • Switch between multiple tabs and Windows apps by pressing +
    • Quick access to active tabs for pinned sites in the taskbar
    • Price comparison tool[11]
  • New personalized and out-of-box experience for taskbar
  • Improvements to notification experience as well as tablet experience for 2-in-1 devices
  • Migrated information in Control Panel's System page into the Settings About page in Settings app
  • Improvements to Modern Device Management (MDM)
Preview builds of Windows 10 version 20H2
Version Knowledge base Release date(s) Highlights
10.0.19042.330
[8]
Beta Channel:
June 16, 2020
10.0.19042.388
[12]
KB4565503 Beta Channel:
July 14, 2020
10.0.19042.421
[13]
KB4568831 Beta Channel:
July 24, 2020
  • New theme-aware tiles in Start Menu
  • Improvements to Microsoft Edge
    • Switch between multiple tabs and Windows apps by pressing +
    • Quick access to active tabs for pinned sites in the taskbar
  • New personalized and out-of-box experience for taskbar
  • Improvements to notification experience as well as tablet experience for 2-in-1 devices
  • Migrated information in Control Panel's System page into the Settings About page in Settings app
  • Improvements to Modern Device Management (MDM)
10.0.19042.423
[14]
Beta Channel:
July 31, 2020
10.0.19042.450
[15]
KB4566782 Beta Channel:
August 11, 2020
10.0.19042.487
[16][17]
KB4571744 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel:
August 26, 2020
10.0.19042.488
[16]
Beta Channel:
September 3, 2020
10.0.19042.508
[18][6]
KB4571756 Beta Channel:
September 8, 2020

Release Preview Channel:
September 18, 2020

10.0.19042.541
[19][20]
KB4577063 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel:
September 22, 2020
10.0.19042.546
[21][22][23]
Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel:
September 30, 2020
Version Knowledge base Release date(s) Highlights
Public patches of Windows 10 version 20H2
Version Knowledge base Release date(s) Highlights
10.0.19042.572
[24]
KB4579311 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel:
October 13, 2020

Public Release:
October 20, 2020

10.0.19042.608
[25]
KB4580364 Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel:
October 22, 2020
  • New Meet Now feature in Skype
10.0.19042.610
[26]
Beta Channel, Release Preview Channel and public release:
October 29, 2020

Dev Channel

On December 16, 2019, Microsoft announced that Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring will receive builds directly from the "RS_PRERELEASE" development branch, which are not matched to a specific Windows 10 release. The first build released under the new strategy, build 19536, was made available to Insiders on the same day.[27]

On May 13, 2020, Microsoft announced that builds from the "MN_RELEASE" branch would be available to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring for a short period of time.[28]

As of June 15, 2020, Microsoft has introduced the "channels" model to its Windows Insider Program, succeeding its "ring" model.[29] Therefore, all future builds (starting from build 10.0.20150) would be released to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.[30] Two days later, on June 17, Microsoft announced that Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel would once again be receiving builds from "RS_PRERELEASE" development branch.[30]

On October 29, 2020, Microsoft announced that builds from the "FE_RELEASE" branch would be available to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel for a short period of time.[31]

Preview builds of Windows 10 in the Dev Channel
Version Release date(s) Highlights
10.0.19536.1000
[27]
Fast ring:
December 16, 2019
  • Added optional drivers support in Windows Update
  • Re-introduced new Korean IME
  • New family group setup
10.0.19541.1000
[32]
Fast ring:
January 8, 2020
  • New location in-use icon in notification area
  • Added ability to view computer architecture in Details tab in Task Manager
10.0.19546.1000
[33]
Fast ring:
January 16, 2020
10.0.19551.1005
[34]
Fast ring:
January 23, 2020
10.0.19555.1001
[35]
Fast ring:
January 30, 2020
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
10.0.19559.1000
[37]
Fast ring:
February 5, 2020
10.0.19564.1000
[38]
Fast ring:
February 12, 2020
  • Updated graphics settings page in Settings app
10.0.19564.1005
[38]
10.0.19569.1000
[39]
Fast ring:
February 20, 2020
10.0.19577.1000
[40]
Fast ring:
March 5, 2020
  • New policy for diagnostic data in Settings app
  • Redesigned icon for Windows Security
  • Improvements to Cortana, advanced startup in Settings app and Start
10.0.19582.1000
[41]
Fast ring:
March 12, 2020
  • Updated Eye Control settings in Settings app
10.0.19587.1000
[42]
Fast ring:
March 18, 2020
  • Improvements to Narrator
10.0.19592.1000
[43]
Fast ring:
March 25, 2020
10.0.19603.1000
[44]
Fast ring:
April 8, 2020
  • Integrated File Explorer in Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • New cleanup recommendations feature in Storage Settings
10.0.19608.1000
[45]
Fast ring:
April 15, 2020
  • New default apps experience in Settings app
10.0.19608.1006
[45]
Fast ring:
April 17, 2020
10.0.19613.1000
[46]
Fast ring:
April 22, 2020
10.0.19613.1005
[46]
Fast ring:
April 27, 2020
10.0.19619.1000
[47]
Fast ring:
April 29, 2020
10.0.19624.1000
[48]
Fast ring:
May 6, 2020
  • Disabled new default apps search box in Settings app for maintenance
  • Updated VPN connection and Optional Updates experiences
10.0.19628.1
[49]
Fast ring:
May 13, 2020
  • Added initial support for DNS over HTTPS
  • Reverted new Korean IME for maintenance
10.0.19631.1
[50]
Fast ring:
May 21, 2020
10.0.19635.1
[51]
Fast ring:
May 28, 2020
10.0.19640.1
[52]
Fast ring:
June 3, 2020
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
10.0.19645.1
[53]
Fast ring:
June 10, 2020
10.0.20150.1000
[30]
Dev Channel:
June 17, 2020
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
    • Added GPU compute support
    • New wsl -install and wsl -update commands
  • Re-introduced new Korean IME
10.0.20152.1000
[54]
Dev Channel:
June 24, 2020
10.0.20161.1000
[55]
Dev Channel:
July 1, 2020
  • New theme-aware tiles in Start Menu
  • Improvements to Microsoft Edge (Switch between multiple tabs and Windows apps by pressing +)
  • New personalized and out-of-box experience for taskbar
  • Improvements to notification experience as well as tablet experience for 2-in-1 devices
  • Migrated information in Control Panel's System page into the Settings About page in Settings app
10.0.20170.1000
[56]
Dev Channel:
July 15, 2020
  • Updates to the Setting app
    • Updated sound settings
    • New Settings app icon
  • New experimental implementation of TLS 1.3 (enabled by default)
10.0.20175.1000
[57]
Dev Channel:
July 22, 2020
  • Improvements to Microsoft Edge (Quick access to active tabs for pinned sites in the taskbar)
  • New Reset-AppxPackage command in PowerShell
  • New Eye Contact feature for Surface Pro X
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
10.0.20180.1000
[58]
Dev Channel:
July 29, 2020
10.0.20185.1000
[59]
Dev Channel:
August 5, 2020
  • Updates to the Settings app
    • DNS settings is now a top-level option
    • New encrypted DNS configuration settings
  • New ADMX-based policies for MDM
10.0.20190.1000
[60]
Dev Channel:
August 12, 2020
  • New post-update experience
  • Updates to Graphics Settings in the Settings app
  • Improvements to Japanese IME (Switch between Hiragana and Katakana by using + and + respectively)
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
10.0.20197.1000
[61]
Dev Channel:
August 21, 2020
  • New Disk Management page in the Settings app
  • Removal of new post-update experience for maintenance
10.0.20201.1000
[62]
Dev Channel:
August 26, 2020
10.0.20206.1000
[63]
Dev Channel:
September 2, 2020
  • Improvements to emoji panel
    • Revamped UI with acrylic element
    • New inline emoji search box
    • Added support for animated GIF
    • Integrated clipboard history into input experiences
  • New Windows voice typing feature (Improved version of dictation in WSR)
  • Redesigned touch keyboard
  • Added cursor movement support via gestures on the touch keyboard
10.0.20211.1000
[64]
Dev Channel:
September 10, 2020
  • Added search box to the Default Apps pages in Settings app
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
    • New wsl --mount command for accessing Linux file systems mounted from physical or virtual disks in WSL 2[65]
10.0.20211.1005
[64]
Dev Channel:
September 11, 2020
The rollout of this build has been pulled due to issues related to the installing process.
10.0.20215.1000
[66]
Dev Channel:
September 16, 2020
  • Introduced dark theme for Windows 10 search experience on the taskbar
10.0.20221.1000
[67]
Dev Channel:
September 23, 2020
  • New Meet Now feature in Skype
10.0.20226.1000
[68]
Dev Channel:
September 30, 2020
  • New storage health monitoring feature
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux[36]
10.0.20231.1000
[69]
Dev Channel:
October 7, 2020
  • New "Customize your device" page in Windows OOBE setup
  • Added ability to modify file associations on a per-user or per-device basis for enterprise users
10.0.20231.1005
[69]
Dev Channel:
October 13, 2020
10.0.20236.1000
[70]
Dev Channel:
October 14, 2020
  • New refresh rate setting in the Settings app
10.0.20236.1005
[70]
Dev Channel:
October 16, 2020
10.0.20241.1000
[71]
Dev Channel:
October 21, 2020
  • New theme-aware splash screens for UWP apps
  • Improvements to Optimize Drives page in the Settings app
10.0.20241.1005
[71]
Dev Channel:
October 23, 2020
10.0.20246.1
[31]
Dev Channel:
October 29, 2020
  • Removal of updated emoji picker, redesigned touch keyboard, voice typing, theme-aware splash screens, and other features for maintenance
Version Release date(s) Highlights

Mobile version history

See also

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