Microsoft slowly throttling Windows 10 20H2 delivery

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  • Microsoft has throttled the roll-out of its Windows October update, also known as Windows 10 20H2.
  • At its release, the update was only available for users who would check for updates manually on their Windows 10 PC.s
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Windows 10 20H2 Throttled

Microsoft‘s recent Windows 10 20H2 update, also known as the October Update, has only been made available for a select few users. To be more specific, users who check for updates manually in Windows’ System settings section.

However, recent developments have made Microsof to rethink its rolling out tactics and take a more reserved stance. As a result, the delivery window of the much-awaited Windows 10 20H2 update has become even narrower.

Windows 10 20H2 unavailable even for seekers

Windows 10 20H2 update

It’s a well-known fact that regular Windows users aren’t crazy about updates. Thus, it makes sense that Microsoft has decided to prioritize pushing the Windows 10 20H2 update to those who check for updates manually.

We will refer to this type of users as seekers. The other, non-manual checkers will be regular users.

At the beginning of the Windows 10 20H2 rollout process, only users who were curious enough to hit that Check for updates button were eligible to receive the new Windows 10 version.

Now it seems that not even performing the check manually will bring you the goods, and Microsoft explains why.

Current status as of October 20, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and higher who manually seek to “Check for updates” via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.

Note We are slowly throttling up availability over the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience. As a result, the update may not be offered to you right away. For more details, see How to get the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.

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Compatibility issues draw safeguard holds

Microsoft has published a list of safeguard holds that they enforce to prevent any compatibility issues. Certain users have already complained about compatibility issues with the new October update, so Microsoft started to investigate.

Apparently, the issues are so severe that users may experience errors or even sudden system crashes (BSOD).

You can check the list of safeguard holds and see if your device is at least compatible with Windows 10 20H2.

If your device is eligible, you may try your luck with getting the Windows 10 20H2 update on your system.


Have you already tried the new Windows 10 20H2 update? If so, tell us what you think about it in the comments section below.

  • The first time I plug my new HP Probook with AMD chipset this week, I updated to the Windows 20H2 (not really knowing what I was getting into). It has many issues. Windows explorer crashes when attempting to search. Windows Start button doesn’t work, the Start menu is missing. Some windows just wouldn’t open (a blank/gray screen instead of the window), this includes some HP apps and settings and configuration from windows control panel. I’m checking every day for new graphic card update, maybe them could solve the issues.