Microsoft has stated that Windows 10 22H2 is ready for wide deployment, meaning it’s available for more eligible devices than before and has entered the final rollout phase.
The new status was reached just over a month after Microsoft released Windows 10 22H2 on October 18. For some versions, such as Windows 10 1809, it took six months to be considered ready for broad deploymenta signal from Microsoft that it was stable enough to safely deploy to corporate PC fleets.
But Windows 10 22H2 was a “scoped release”, or one without major new features. Until November 18, only people with some eligible devices running Windows 10 20H2 or later could install Windows 10 22H2.
Now that Windows 10 version 22H2 is “designated for wide deployment”, more devices running 20H2 are eligible.
“As part of the broad deployment phase, Microsoft is offering this update to an expanded set of eligible devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 and later versions,” Microsoft says on its Windows release health hub.
Windows 10 20H2 Home and Pro editions have a last patch in May 2022, so these users should already be upgraded. However, the Education, Enterprise, and IoT Enterprise editions will reach end of maintenance on May 9, 2023.
Otherwise, the process is still the same. Anyone with an eligible device can install Windows 10 22H2 by opening Windows Update settings and selecting “Check for updates.” Once the update is ready for the device, the user will see the ‘Download and Install’ option.
The good news for those using Windows 10 20H2 or later is that 22H2 should be installed as a monthly update. Microsoft has promised it will be a fast installation experience for business customers.
Microsoft provides 18 months of support for Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 22H2 and 30 months of support for Enterprise and Education editions. In contrast, Windows 11 22H2 Enterprise and Education Edition customers get 36 months of support, while Windows 11 22H2 Home and Pro users get 24 months.
Microsoft has committed to support “at least one version of Windows 10 through October 14, 2025.”
Windows 10 22H2 was the first Windows 10 feature update since the release of Windows 11 on October 5, 2021, marking the move to annual rather than bi-annual Windows feature updates. Windows 10 22H2 arrived about a month after Windows 11 22H2 released to regular users on September 20.
Windows 11 22H2 remains a free update for Windows 10 and Windows 11 users PCs that meet the minimum requirementssaid Microsoft officials.
Microsoft doesn’t release adoption numbers for every new version of Windows, but third-party estimates suggest that Windows 11 adoption is very low in enterprises partly because of Microsoft’s minimum requirements. However, some user groups, such as gamers who typically have newer hardware, have been upgrading to Windows 11 in greater numbers.