Windows 10 version 22H2 is ready for broad deployment

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 22, 2022
Updated • Nov 23, 2022
Windows 10

Windows 10 version 22H2, which Microsoft released just last month, has already been designated for broad deployment by the company. The latest feature update for Windows 10 was released on October 18, 2022 to the public.

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The fact that Microsoft did not reveal the changes and improvements that it implemented in Windows 10 version 22H2 made it a peculiar update. Microsoft revealed next to nothing about the update, leaving users and administrators hanging in the air regarding the feature update's changes.

The rollout of the Windows 10 version 22H2 feature update appears to have progressed well, as it has reached the final stage a month after its initial release.  "The Windows 10, version 22H2 feature update is entering its final rollout phase and is now designated for broad deployment", the company says in a Windows 10 Health Dashboard update.

Broad deployment makes the update available for all eligible Windows 10 devices, provided that they are not affected by safeguard holds or configured to defer updates. Administrators need to open the Windows Update settings and activate the check for updates button on the page to run a check for the update. It should be returned at this point with a download and install option.

Windows 10 devices with versions 20H2 or later installed will have a fast update experience according to Microsoft. The feature update should install like a cumulative update for the operating system for the most part.

The broad deployment designation comes a month before Windows 10 version 21H1's end of support date. The operating system won't receive updates anymore after next month's Patch Tuesday on December 13, 2022; this leaves two support versions of Windows 10. Last year's Windows 10 version 21H2 release, which is good for another seven months of updates before it reaches end of support on June 13, 2023, and last month's Windows 10 version 22H2 release. The latter reaches end of support on May 14, 2024.

Microsoft may enforce updates on Windows devices that run versions of the operating system that it does not support anymore. The next feature update release for Windows 10 is expected at the end of 2023, likely in October. Considering that it will be released for 2 years, it could very well be the last major release for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

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  1. Akina said on November 23, 2022 at 4:10 pm

    Thanks but I’ll stick with 20H2 until support ends (May 2023). Using the latest W10 version is being a beta tester.

  2. aaa said on November 23, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Always Windows 10 LTSC, although Windows 10 now is still in Beta

  3. riontart said on November 23, 2022 at 7:15 am

    For those who don’t feel an urgent need to download Win10’s latest bugfest, this handle little tool
    allows you to decide if and when you’re getting “feature” updates, while still allowing routine security etc updates.

  4. Dennis said on November 23, 2022 at 2:33 am

    I took this recent update just a couple of days ago, and I don’t notice anything different, yet…….

  5. Anna said on November 23, 2022 at 12:40 am

    It appears that there is a typo in your post:

    Last year’s Windows 10 version 21H2 release (not the 21H1) will reach end of support on June 13, 2023.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 23, 2022 at 6:11 am

      Hi Anna, thank you very much. I have corrected the mistake.

  6. VioletMoon said on November 22, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    Running Windows 10 22H2 (OS Build 19045.2251) since whenever the ISO was available at the following site:

    No problems, but I wouldn’t recommend using Windows Update for the installation.

    The following process is recommended by many sites:

    Make a full system image using Macrium or whatever program works best; download the appropriate ISO on the site noted above; keep current Windows OS running and mount the ISO using Magic ISO or Daemon Tools Lite; click on the mounted drive; uncheck “install updates now”; and make sure “Keep Apps and Files” are both checked. Give it 45 minutes.

    Good to go! Like a fresh install.

    Use WAU Manager to check for updates if so desired.

    1. vanp said on November 24, 2022 at 1:43 am


      My system has been stuck at 21H1 for some time. I keep updates paused for 35 days (approx.), then let Windows Update do it’s thing. Never had a real problem with that. For whatever reason, it won’t take me past 21H1. Is this article saying W10 will finally update me to 22H2?

      Concerning the site, it seems Russkie to me; that’s scary enough in itself. I’m not a techie. The site doesn’t do a real good job of explaining itself. I don’t know anything about ISOs. I don’t wanna have to use other company’s products or go though 87 steps. At some point, I just want to get past 21H1, if not all the way to 22H2 in one swell soup..

      Can you (or anybody) advise me here? Thanks.

    2. John Wold said on November 23, 2022 at 2:02 pm

      You don’t need additional software to mount the ISO. Windows has supported ISO mount since Windows 8.

      I updated my system using your suggested method, as I was stuck with a failed update for a couple of months. The feature update was not offered due to this error.

      1. VioletMoon said on November 23, 2022 at 4:38 pm

        Thanks for the reminder–as I remember, I used to be able to right-click an ISO and be given the option to mount–wherever the ISO may be, desktop, folder, etc. Even now, I don’t really have an option, since Daemon Tools became the “default” option for mounting ISO’s.

        I checked this site for options:

        Solution from here:

        It would be a matter of changing file associations.

        Still love Magic ISO only because of the Icon–sort of a silly reason for using a program.

        As for updates, I’ve been having much better luck with WAU, which gHacks mentioned once, than the default MS updates.

        With the installation method used (also with MS Update, don’t know), there may be a Windows.old file on the drive. I haven’t deleted it yet, but it’s there.

        Folder date for me is 10/19/22.

  7. John G. said on November 22, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    Windows 10 is by now the best OS for general purposes and productivity at all levels.
    At least ten friends of mine have reinstalled W10 after suffering the W11 experience.

    1. Anonymous said on November 23, 2022 at 12:12 am

      With Windows 11, Microsoft’s cretins absolutely destroyed everyone’s productivity. It was undoubtedly created by fools who had never used Windows before. You must import every feature from earlier Windows versions in order to make Windows 11 functional.

    2. Anonymous said on November 22, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      You need to find a new hobby.

      1. John G. said on November 22, 2022 at 6:52 pm

        You need to find a girlfriend.

  8. Roy Jenkins said on November 22, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    when window 10 stops being updated by you
    us that cannot afford windows 11 KAY PRICES will suffer is this right Y-N?

    What day will you finally cut windows 10 support ??
    should I download this new update NOW Y-N?
    Windows 10 version 22H2 is ready for broad deployment

    1. vanp said on November 23, 2022 at 3:34 am

      Roy Jenkins:

      With a name like Roy Jenkins, I assume English is your native language. If so, I would expect a more coherent recitation of your position. In other words, I agree with vitek. If you’ve given it your best shot, I guess, don’t bother.

    2. vitek said on November 22, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      English, please.

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