Microsoft makes it official: Windows 10 version 21H2 announced

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 16, 2021
Updated • Jul 16, 2021
Windows 10

Microsoft plans to release Windows 10 version 21H2, a feature update for the company's Windows 10 operating system, later this year.

The company unveiled Windows 11 earlier this year as the next version of Windows. Customers who run Windows 10 may upgrade to the new version for free, but may also stay on Windows 10, as the operating system will be supported until 2025.

Device owners and administrators have several reasons for staying on Windows 10; some devices may not be compatible with Windows 11, as Microsoft changed the hardware requirements of Windows 11 significantly. Others may prefer Windows 10 over Windows 11, or stay on Windows 10 for a period to let Windows 11 mature a bit before upgrading the systems.

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Windows 10 version 21H2 is a smaller feature update that focuses on "productivity, management and security" according to Microsoft.

Three features are highlighted on the Windows Experience Blog:

  • Adding WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security
  • Windows Hello for Business supports simplified passwordless deployment models for achieving a deploy-to-run state within a few minutes
  • GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows

Most new features and improvements will focus on Windows 11 going forward. While Windows 10 may receive some love feature-wise, only select features will make their way to the operating system.

Just like the feature updates Windows 10 version 20H2 and 21H1, Windows 10 version 21H2 will install quickly and very similar to monthly cumulative updates. Devices running Windows 10 version 2004 or newer will update quickly to the new operating system version. Upgrades from older versions of Windows 10 will take longer.

Whether Microsoft will release a larger feature update for Windows 10 in the future remains to be seen, but the probability of this happening seems not high.

Home and Pro devices running Windows 10 version 21H2 receive 18 months of updates, Enterprise devices 30 months of updates, as it is the second feature update of the year. Microsoft plans to release a LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel) version that is based on version 21H2, which will be supported for five years.

Windows 10 version 21H2 can be tested on devices that have joined the Windows Insider Program.

Microsoft has yet to reveal a release date for Windows 10 version 21H2, but the fourth quarter of 2021 is the most likely target for the release.

Closing Words

Windows 10 administrators have two options this year once Windows 10 version 21H2 and Windows 11 have been released. Stay on Windows 10 and install a future feature update eventually, or upgrade to Windows 11 instead.

The 18 months of support that Windows 10 version 21H2 receives will keep systems running the operating system supported until 2023.

Now You: will you stay on Windows 10 or upgrade to Windows 11?

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  1. EP said on October 21, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    new announcement from Microsoft – Preparing the Windows 10 November 2021 Update for Release

    Windows 10 version 21H2 = November 2021 Update

  2. Adam Smith said on July 18, 2021 at 9:49 am

    Most major organisations I work for including large banks, have zero plans to upgrade
    The risk of hardware and software incompatibilities are high. No clear productivity benefits to warrant the upgrade

    Same policy when Window 8 and 10 were introduced over the last 10 years. Current software and hardware configurations work well and are stable. Why create disruption for no reason

    When tech writers were merely repeating the Microsoft marketing during the introduction of Windows 10, none of these writers mentioned the intrusive and disruptive feature update process

  3. Yuliya said on July 18, 2021 at 6:19 am

    Yes yes yes, give me LTSC :3

  4. pwned said on July 17, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    asif in the end any one has a choice


  5. Dave said on July 17, 2021 at 5:17 am

    We have already started our “Windows 11 upgrade plan. This plan aims at having windows 11 installed before the EOL of windows 10.

    Step #1 Save up 5k for 2 new (gaming) computers, including new HDR monitors, that I will build myself. (We are optimistically hoping the artificially inflated price of GPU’s caused by idiotic politics, or is that idiot politicians, will be over by that time)

    Step #2 Install our currently registered copies of windows 10 on them.

    Step #3 Do free inplace upgrades to windows 11. (which we know will make them FUBAR)

    Step #4 Wipe the system SSD and do a clean install of our now registered copies of windows 11.

    1. pwned said on July 17, 2021 at 3:29 pm

      Sop talking shite, you havent a clew

    2. Josh said on July 17, 2021 at 3:03 pm

      @Dave Are you joking? Why not just install Windows 11 with the Windows 10 key?

  6. ULBoom said on July 17, 2021 at 12:12 am

    “While Windows 10 may receive some love feature-wise, only select features will make their way to the operating system.”

    If they remove 10 select Win features twice a month, Win 10 will be a Winner in a year. Start with spell check hyphens. :)

    Maybe Win 11 will be a winner, too. A winning bet? More this Win-ter.

  7. WorknMan said on July 16, 2021 at 3:09 pm

    Well, this should be cool. Hopefully Microsoft will leave Windows 10 alone and stop screwing with it, sans security patches. Let Windows 11 users have all the broken feature updates.

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