Windows 10 has five more years to live, with a 21H2 feature update

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Microsoft is reminding us that Windows 10 may not be ready to leave us yet. The software giant has promised a feature update for Windows 10, 21H2.

If you are a little confused because the current Windows 11 preview is also known as 21H2, don’t be because this update is for Windows 10. It would not be a Windows update without Microsoft confusing us a little bit.

Because only some powerful machines can run Windows 11 optimally, there are going to be a lot of Windows 10 users out there for a while.

The update

The update itself does not offer much, except for three key features, none of which are appealing to mainstream users.

Windows 10 21H2 rolled out to Windows Insider preview members, as part of Windows 10 Build 19044.1147, the planned release build of 21H2. Microsoft usually finds and patches bugs until the last minute, meaning that the final release of 21H2 will have a slightly different build number.

21H2 users in the Windows insider program will have to check for updates within the Windows Update settings.

If you can’t have Windows 11

This build is a kind of consolation for those who cannot access the Windows 11 official preview release due to the hardware not being powerful enough.

Here’s what will happen, if you are not voluntarily downloaded Windows 11 as part of the Windows Insider Program or your PC does not qualify because of hardware requirements, your PC will download Windows 10 21H2 sometime in the fall.

There is no set date yet for that release but if you want to try out Windows 21H1, you can join the Windows Insider Program and try to join the Release Preview ring of the program.