Windows 10 version 22H2 reaches final stage before official release

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 29, 2022
Updated • Jul 29, 2022
Windows 10

Microsoft plans to release a feature update for Windows 10 in the second half of 2022. Windows 10 version 22H2 will be the first feature update for Windows 10 of the year, as Microsoft changed the release cadence to one release per year.

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Microsoft announced this week that it has released Windows 10 version 22H2 to the Release Preview channel; this marks the final stage of development before official release later this year.

Today we are releasing the first preview build of Windows 10, version 22H2. Windows 10 Build 19045.1865 (KB5015878) is now available in the Release Preview Channel for Windows Insider Program for Business participants to validate on devices in their organizations.

The company maintains several development channels that users and organizations may join for testing purposes. Development and testing starts in the Development Channel, moves then on to the Beta channel, before it arrives in the Release Preview channel.

Tip: How to use local accounts on Windows 11 version 22H2 devices

Windows 10 Build 19045.1865 (KB5015878) is the first version of Windows 10 version 22H2 that is available in the Release Preview channel. The build is available for business and home users alike, provided that they are members of the Insider program and in the appropriate channel.

Home users may search for the update using Windows Update. It is necessary to hit the "check for updates" button in Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to get the update offered on the machine.

Business users have various update management services at their disposal to deploy the preview update on machines of the organization.

Windows 10 version 22H2 is a small update that is deployed via an Enablement Package. Like the 2021 updates, it installs quickly similarly to how other updates are installed on the system; this reduces the number of issues related to upgrading to a new Windows version significantly. On the other hand, Windows 10 version 22H2 will make minor changes to the operating system only.

Microsoft has yet to reveal the official release date for Windows 10 version 22H2. The update could land as early as September 2022.

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  1. joseferreira_ms said on September 22, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    With Chromebook I update all in 10min… With Windows wait +1.5h

  2. Anonymous said on September 12, 2022 at 9:22 am

    use ntlite to remove telemetry

  3. EP said on July 30, 2022 at 12:32 am

    Microsoft blog post about Win10 22H2 updated July 29 with the following quote near the bottom:

    “UPDATE 7/29: You can download the ISO for Windows 10, version 22H2 here at The build number is Build 19045..1826. If you install Windows 10, version 22H2 via the ISO, you can pick up Build 19045.1865 from Windows Update in the Release Preview Channel.”

  4. Anonymous said on July 30, 2022 at 12:07 am

    “Windows 10 version 22H2 will make minor changes to the operating system only”

    Finally, not a beta product anymore. Now Windows 10 is ready for use.

  5. Haakon said on July 29, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    The only feature I’m wanting at this point in Win10’s existence is one that turns off Windows Update.

    Over time since I’ve posted that pie-in-the-sky dream here and there, there have been sincere replies having links to countless registry/policy/apps “how to disable” sites. So as a time saver that assistance is unnecessary as I began my Win10 experience on a test system in 2014 as an Insider. (You can do so for the ghacks community at large in a separate reply. None of them are fully effective and many are problematic, BTW.)

    I want to turn update off, not “disable” it. Turn it OFF. Period.

    MS could very well allow that with a warning modal window with something like, “Turn off Windows Update will no longer add new features you really, really need but don’t know about yet as well as render your system vulnerable to exploits by anarchists, deep state operators, tech oligarchs and space aliens. You will need to install updates manually.” Cancel. Continue.

  6. iev said on July 29, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Anyone can already update to Windows 10 22H2 for some time now.
    Just search and install KB5015684

  7. Tachy said on July 29, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    On my ‘control’ pc running win10 home I’ll let it happen automatically.

    On my main PC running win10 pro it’ll happen when I’m satisfied it’s stable.

  8. Herman Cost said on July 29, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Sure, I plan to do the update (‘upgrade’ sounds too much like an improvement, and those are rare). In a year or two when all the bugs are thoroughly vetted.

  9. Anonymous said on July 29, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Now the focus is on ruining Windows with 11, will Windows 10 will finally be stable and have no useless features added to it?

  10. acca said on July 29, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    New features?

    1. Trey said on July 31, 2022 at 4:22 am

      So probably enhancements to help with the migration to Windows 11. Just a sarcastic guess.

    2. Seeprime said on July 29, 2022 at 4:37 pm

      Stability. No new features means the spaghetti code should be more stable. I like it.

    3. Martin Brinkmann said on July 29, 2022 at 2:40 pm

      Nothing to write home about. Microsoft calls it a “scoped” update, and plans to reveal more about it later this year.

      1. Zs said on August 12, 2022 at 1:21 pm

        How can I most simply install the most recent preview version?

  11. john said on July 29, 2022 at 1:41 pm

    what’s new?

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