How to use Windows 10 October 2020 aka 20H2 update features without updating?

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Here is how you can use new Windows 10 October 2020 aka 20H2 update features on your PC/laptop without updating?

Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 Major update will be known as October 2020 aka 20H2 update, which will be shipped to all Windows 10 PC/laptop users who have updated to May 2020 aka Windows 2004 in the fall of 2020. Like Windows 10 version 19H2, the upcoming fall feature update will be dedicated to servicing the existing May 2020 Update with bug fixes and a bunch of improvements.

In this new update, the Windows 10 users that have a monitor that offers 120Hz, 144Hz, or higher refresh rate will be allowed to switch between the highest and the lowest refresh rates. Starting with Windows 10 version 20H2, you can head to Settings > System > Display > Advanced Display Settings > Display Adapter Properties and quickly change the Refresh rate.

With this new update, Microsoft has updated the start menu with Fluent Design icons for Microsoft and third-party apps. In addition, it was also known that the taskbar of Windows 10 is getting updated with a new experimental feature whereby the taskbar will be optimized for an individual user when they first set up their new Windows device.

The new Windows 10 20H2 update is a small update that comes with less than 100MB of the package to be installed. The latest batch of Patch Tuesday updates appears to include the new 20H2 features, which were previously limited to July’s optional update. That means the latest Windows 10 KB4571756 or KB4566782 Tuesday patch cumulative update brings-in new features, however, they are hidden, probably can be said not enabled by default.

After installing the latest patch mentioned above you can enable the new features using the registry tool in Windows 10. To experience the new features on your Windows 10 version 2004 perform the following steps:

  1. Firstly, you need to open the Windows 10 Settings app navigate to System and then go to About and verify that your system is running Build 19041.450 or newer.
  2. Now open Notepad and paste the below text:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FeatureManagement\Overrides\0\2093230218]
    “EnabledState”=dword:00000002
    “EnabledStateOptions”=dword:00000000
  3. Now save the file with extension .reg and a name of your choice
  4. Click on the .reg to run it right away and modify the Registry.
  5. Restart the device after you have made the change. After the restart, you can see the new Start Menu is already available with Fluent icons and translucent background.

To enable new Alt-Tab experience on your Windows 10 May 2020 aka 2004 update you need to follow the below steps:

  1. Firstly, you need to open the Windows 10 Settings app navigate to System
  2. Click on ‘Multitasking’.
  3. Under Alt + Tab (pressing Alt + Tab shows) subheading, select the option of your choice. If you’d to show Edge, select the first, second, or third option.
  4. Done!!!

If you want to undo the changes, you can do it at any time by deleting the Registry keys and restarting your device. For more news on tech and cybersecurity stay tuned on Android Rookies by following us on Google News.

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