- A lot of changes have come to the Windows OS during 2020 in terms of updates.
- In a few hours everyone will get to see what the first Patch Tuesday updates of the year will bring.
- Patch Tuesday updates are important, as they primarily bring essential security enhancements.
- Additionally, they fix bugs, or add new features that make Windows 10 even more efficient.
The second Tuesday of January is finally here, and this means everyone is expecting Microsoft to roll out their first round of monthly updates for the year 2021.
While 2020 was quite eventful in terms of the development of Windows 10, with Windows 10 v2004 and the 20H2 hitting live and already taking a big chunk of the market share.
A summary of Patch Tuesday updates in 2020
Many things transpired back in 2020, some of which can almost be called historic in nature:
- Windows 7 came to the End of Service
- The month of may came with the most popular version of Windows 10 of the moment: Windows 10 v2004
- The months that followed fixed a variety of issues with the new OS version, as they were expected anyway.
- October came in with another major update, this time called Windows 10 20H2, or the October update.
- 202 saw the end of Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 10 v1709, so anyone still using it are advised to upgrade to a newer version.
- Lastly, 2020 broke the record for the number of CVEs detected, as it already surpassed the numbers from 2019 by the time August arrived.
As a general note, the global pandemic also caused Microsoft to postpone many of their deadlines, and end-of-services, most of them now rescheduled in 2021.
Patch Tuesday in 2021: what to look forward to?
All in all, Microsoft had nothing to say regarding the update process in 2021, or if they plan on changing anything.
However, there are a few other versions of Windows 10 that will meet their end in 2021, like Windows 10 v1803, as stated by Microsoft:
IMPORTANT We have heard your feedback and understand your need to focus on business continuity in the midst of the global pandemic.
As a result, we have decided to delay the scheduled end-of-service date for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 1803.
The final security update for these editions of Windows 10, version 1803 will be released on May 11, 2021 instead of November 10, 2020
The updates will be made available, as always at 10:00 AM PST, and you will soon be prompted to update your PC sometimes afterwards.
Alternatively, don’t forget that there are other methods through which you can update your Windows 10 OS. this includes:
- Using the WSUS (Windows Sevrer Update Service)
- Downloading each update directly from the Windows Update Catalog
- Having your System Administrator manually scheduling the update via Group Policies
- and more…
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