More evidence has emerged that Windows 10 will receive a major update known as 22H2, and this is great news for people who want to keep their older operating system rather than upgrade to Windows 11.
As Latest Windows reports (opens in new tab), references to Windows 10 22H2 were identified in a recent update, KB5015684. This update is currently with Windows Insiders, who are testing it before it rolls out to everyone using Windows 10.
An eagle-eyed Insider noticed that the OS version has changed from 21H2 to 22H2. This naming convention is used by Microsoft for major operational updates that bring new features and security fixes. While this could mean some interesting changes for Windows 10, we also urge caution.
Windows Latest installed the update, and despite the version number changing to 22H2, it looks like this is a minor update with just a few behind-the-scenes changes.
It looks like Windows 10 22H2 will also be released in a new “enabling package” format, meaning parts of it will be installed ahead of time, so the overall installation process when the update is released should be very quick.
Despite apparently not bringing any major changes, the Windows 10 22H2 update will still be worth installing as it will at least contain major bug fixes and security updates.
Analysis: Windows 10 is not dead yet
The revelation that Windows 10 is getting a 22H2 is good news for anyone who doesn’t want to upgrade to Windows 11, or who simply can’t, due to the rather complex system requirements of the latest operating system.
Despite Microsoft pushing people to upgrade to the new OS and with the hype for Windows 11 22H2, which is turning out to be a major update that brings a lot of new features – many of which people are clamoring for – it’s good to see Windows 10 is not being forgotten.
This is especially true as rumors swirl around the possibility of Microsoft releasing Windows 12 in 2024. Microsoft has promised to continue to support Windows 10 until the “end of life” on October 14, 2025, and it looks like is sticking to your word.