With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced the Windows operating system as a service concept. In this concept, rather than releasing a new version of Windows every three to four years, Microsoft regularly releases updates to Windows 10 to add new features and options to the operating system.
As Windows 10 is a service, updates are regularly released. In addition to releasing quality and critical updates, Microsoft releases major updates called as feature updates twice a year to add new features to the operating system. Generally, the first feature update of the year is released in the month of April or May, and the second feature update comes towards the end of September or at the beginning of October month.
It’s worth noting that only feature updates change the version number of Windows 10 and not the regular updates.
When Microsoft starts rolling out a newer version of Windows 10 to the general public, it might not be available to everyone immediately. Since there are hundreds of PCs running Windows 10, Microsoft cannot push feature updates to every PC at a time via Windows Update. It might take a few months to appear on your PC.
What’s the latest version of Windows 10?
As of May 2021, version 20H2 (also known as Windows 10 October 2020 Update) is the latest version of Windows 10.
When was the latest version of Windows 10 released?
The latest version of Windows 10, which is version 20H2, was released in the month of October 2020.
How to check if you are running the latest version of Windows 10?
Well, it’s quite easy. In the Start/taskbar search field, type Winver.exe and hit the Enter key to open About Windows dialog. The dialog displays the current version of Windows 10 installed on your PC along with the build number. Version number 20H2 indicates that you have the latest version.
How to get the latest version of Windows 10?
Unless you have disabled Windows Update or delayed/blocked feature updates, Windows 10 notifies you when an update is available for your PC. Nevertheless, here is how to check for the latest version of Windows 10.
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to Update & security > Windows Update page.
Step 2: Click the Check for updates button to check if any updates (checks for all types of updates) are available for your PC.
How to get the latest version of Windows 10 right now?
If the latest version of Windows 10 is not showing up for your PC via Windows Update, you can use the official Media Creation Tool to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10. Here is how to download and use it.
Step 1: Download the Media Creation Tool from this official page.
Step 2: Run the same on your PC. Accept the license agreement to proceed.
Step 3: On the “What do you want to do? “screen, select Upgrade this PC now option and then click the Next button.
Step 4: The Media Creation tool will now begin downloading the latest version of Windows 10 from Microsoft servers. Once done, you will get the following Ready to install screen. Click the Install button to begin installing the feature update.
It might take 30 to 90 minutes to complete installing the update.
After installing the update, you can type Winver.exe in Start/taskbar search box and then hit the Enter key to know the current version of Windows 10 installed on your PC.
How to download the latest version of Windows 10 ISO?
One can use the official Media Creation Tool to download the latest version of Windows 10 ISO right from Microsoft servers. Please refer to our how to download the latest version of Windows 10 ISO image file guide for step-by-step directions.