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Rumor: Windows 10 update, codenamed 'Threshold 2', will be released by November this year

By Wong Chung Wee - on 26 Oct 2015, 11:57am

Rumor: Windows 10 update, codenamed 'Threshold 2', will be released by November this year

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According to Paul Thurrott, a “significant” Windows 10 update, codenamed ‘Threshold 2’, will be released in November this year. Also known as the Windows 10 Fall Update, it will be delivered via Windows Update. The information was obtained from a trusted source, and here’s what to expect from this major OS update.

  • Windows 10 Fall Update - this is its official moniker and in order to avoid confusion with the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) release of Windows 10, it will also be named as version 1511; the first two digits, ‘15’, is the year of release, and the last two, represent the month of November. Therefore, the version number indicates launch date as November 2015.
  • No prerequisites for some earlier Windows OSes - Windows 10 Fall Update can be directly applied to the RTM version of Windows 10. This also applies if the system was upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or Windows 7.
  • No activation - This major update will not require another round of OS activation.
  • Enhancements to Windows 10 - The Media Creation Tool suite will be updated; Cortana will support new locales as well as new features, and improvements will be made to Edge.
  • Changes to Windows 10 activation process - Windows 10 Fall Update will allow Windows 7, 8, 8.1 keys to work with Windows 10. This is only applicable if the product key matches with the correct edition of Windows 10.
  • Recovery tools - The Push-button reset is an OS repair tool, which “preserves data, updates and important customizations.” According to Paul, it will be updated so that resetting a PC will return it to the Windows 10 Fall Update, and not to the Windows 10 RTM version. If your original OS was the Windows 8.1, Push-button reset will not preserve the important customizations; however, if you have upgraded from the Windows 10 OS, this will not happen to your system.

The Windows 10 Fall Update will be distributed via Windows Update as a cumulative update, not as a “full build.” Speaking of cumulative updates, the new Windows OS had its first set of fixes just a week after its official launch.

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