The world can’t stop talking about Windows 11 as it continues to ship on millions of new devices around the world. Windows 11 has received mixed reviews, with some users criticizing the “sweeping visual rejuvenation” of the Start menu and taskbar. On the other hand, some users are happy with the modern makeover of the operating system.
While Windows 11 remains the focus and Windows 12 is now in the works, Microsoft has some good news for those of you planning to stick with Windows 10. Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 10 will be supported until at least 2025, and some form of extended support will also be offered after the deadline.
Windows 10 continues to play an important role, and Windows 10 22H2 will be rolled out to customers later this year, Microsoft officials said. This feature update comes with a “set of new features” and more details will be shared soon, a company spokesperson said.
Given that Windows 10 has nearly 1 billion users, Windows 10 22H2 isn’t exactly a shock, given that Microsoft plans to continue to maintain the software for years to come. This is apparently good enough news that Microsoft felt the need to document the existence of version 22H2.
In one of the new support documentationMicrosoft has confirmed that version 22H2 is built on top of Windows 10 version 2004 and will not make changes to the “Windows Hardware Compatibility Program (WHCP)”
In other words, the existing version of Windows Hardware Lab Kit (Windows HLK) will continue to work on this new feature update. There will be no new Windows HLK release for version 22H2 and partners can continue to use the existing version 2004 HLK for certification purposes.
Similarly, Microsoft says existing drivers will continue to work normally after version 22H2 is installed. “Drivers that meet all applicable requirements for Windows 10, version 2004 are digitally signed,” Microsoft noted.
Windows 10 22H2 details so far
References to Windows 10 22H2 were recently spotted in one of the cumulative updates (KB5015684). This update now officially goes to Windows Insiders and switches the OS version to version 22H2 from version 21H2.
Microsoft sticks to the same naming convention, so this update can be launched as “October 2022 Update” or “November 2022 Update”.
Version 22H2 / Build 19046 will be enabled via the same “enablement package” format, which means that features launched with the update are already part of the optional features, but they are hidden from the public.