If your Windows 10 PC has been updating to the series of new update versions released by Microsoft recently, then I’m sure you have noticed some changes in your OS. Changes ranging from icon make-over to behavioural changes in some Windows 10 applications.
Quite a lot of things have been changed in Windows 10 between March to May update releases. This changes I will highlight as we move-on, on this post.
May 27, Microsoft launched yet another new Windows 10 update version 2004, code-named 20H1.
The new update has not been programmed to run automatically on most devices, according to Microsoft. So, if you wish to update to the latest May 27 Windows 10 update go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates. Select Download and install when the update appears.
(The update may not be available to you as Microsoft said they are “slowly throttling up this availability over the coming weeks, or your device might have a compatibility issue for which a safeguard hold is in place until we are confident that you will have a good experience”. Microsoft will notify you when the update is available for your device, so you can choose to it when it’s the best time for you.)
In most previous Windows updates, you do not have to do anything to have updates installed if you have enabled automatic updates. New updates usually will automatically download and install whenever they’re available. It’s not however clear if Windows has changed this automatic download & install feature of recent.
Microsoft recently said that the new “Download and install” feature is available for devices running Windows 10 version 1903 or version 1909.
The good news is that Microsoft has finally decided to do something about the dreadful slow and heavy updates Windows’ users were subjected to. According to Microsoft, new Windows 10 features and security updates are now delivered faster than before. Instead of releasing one heavy update version in three years, they now release multiple update versions per year. This makes the new updates faster and lighter; not gulping a lot of bandwidth at once. And slowing down the network when several PCs have to run an update at same time.
I have observed that Windows 10 now boots and responds faster than it used to.
Microsoft in March reported that Windows 10 is now on more than 1 billion devices worldwide. “Over one billion people have chosen Windows 10 across 200 countries resulting in more than one billion active Windows 10 devices. One in every seven people on the planet are planning, creating, ideating, executing, moving, shaking and doing great things with Windows 10.” Microsoft said in March.
Also earlier on January Microsoft announced that its support for Windows 7 has officially ended, and encourage all its customers who were yet to upgrade to Windows 10 to do so immediately, so they can continue to enjoy security and support updates.
In March 12 and April 9 windows had two Delta updates for Windows 10, version 1609. Delta updates include only the components that changed in the most recent quality update. Delta updates will only install if a device already has the previous month’s update installed. Update takes between 7 to 17 minutes.
Changes in New Windows 10 Updates
Improvements on Notification Settings
Windows 10 now has the following on the notification status bar:
- If you hover your mouse over an incoming notification, a settings icon would appear to make it easy for you to adjust that app’s notification settings.
- There’s now a direct link to notification settings at the top of the Action Center.
- Notifications & Action Settings now has a checkbox for muting the sound of all notifications.
- By default, the senders in Notifications & Action Settings are now sorted by “most recently sent notification”.
New Cortana Experience
New cortana experience was among the features in Windows 10 Build 18945 (20H1) update released November 2019. There’s an added features on that earlier released new cortana experience.
This new update features a brand new chat-based UI that gives you the ability to type or speak natural language queries.
The latest windows 10 update on cortana rollout allows you to view changes to the text cursor, size or color on the fly in a new preview pane.
Reading by magnifier can now be done in three new ways; you can start reading by:
- Pressing the play button to start reading from the top of content, or
- Selected text if text was selected, or
- Press the ‘Read from here’ button then click where you want to start reading.
New Calculator App Update
The new calculator app now adds the ability to put calculator in an always on top mode. By clicking the ’Keep on top’ icon next to the calculator mode name, you can be able to switch into the always on top mode in the new Windows version.
Narrator now gives page summaries and popular links and there’s also new Narrator Sound Scheme.
A Redesigned Network Status Page
Network & Internet status page according to Microsoft “provide more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity, combining several pages to give you one clear view of how you are connected to the internet.” This helps you see what is connected. Both Ethernet and Wifi show your data usage within a specific period at a glance. You can access all network settings, including setting your data limits from this page.
Bandwidth Limit Introduction
Now you can choose to set how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates. This helps you manage your bandwidth usage. To set your bandwidth for downloading updates go to Settings > Updates & Security > Delivery optimization > Advanced options.
Now you can sign in to Windows by using a (0 – 9) digit only PIN. The minimum PIN digits is 4, but it can be as long as you want.
Using a PIN to sign in to your device protects you against criminal compromise. Here’s how. Unlike password sign-in, PIN only allows you to sign in to your Microsoft account only to a particular device. You cannot use it to sign in to your other Microsoft account on the web or another device except you set that PIN to be your password on your other Microsoft devices.
So with PIN you can set different sign-in PINs to your different Microsoft devices. But only one password is required to sign in to all your Microsoft accounts both on web and devices.
To set your sign-in PIN go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, select Change under PIN.
New Cloud Download Option for Reinstalling Windows 10
Previously, the way to reinstall windows was by creating a Windows 10 installation media. The new Windows 10 version gives you an option to reinstall your Windows from Cloud Download rather than reinstalling from the files on your local system. With this new option, Windows will download the most up-to date version of Windows 10 and install on your system.
To reinstall Windows 10 from Cloud download go to Settings > Update & Security, and Choose to reset your PC and remove everything. You can now tell Windows to use Cloud download.
There are other general changes and fixes in the multiple series of released Windows 10 20H1 updates which include:
- A faster Windows search experience.
- Disk Type now shows in the Task Manager.
- GPU Temperature showing in Task manager.
- FSP in the Xbox Game bar.
- You can now rename Virtual Desktop
- WSL 2 with a Linux Kernel