Windows 10 Just Got An Update

Windows 10 Just Got An Update

Windows 10 Just Got An Update

WIndows 10 October 2020 update credit: The Verge

Image Credit: The Verge

The Main Point

Windows 10 just had a new update for October, and my feelings are mixed. Some users have already begun to have issues that break windows for them. The new start menu isn’t as good as the old one in my opinion. And the other new features don’t add too much. So, basically, this update is just the same as every other somewhat large Windows 10 update.

Large Windows 10 updates happen at least once or twice a year. After so many years of being the main operating system, this has just become normal. Another thing that has become normal along with this is the issues that updates normally bring some customers. And this update is no different. It has added a few things, such as a new start menu, but it has also added new issues for a lot of users. Personally, I don’t even like the new start menu, so I don’t know if it’s even worth downloading.

WIndows 10 October 2020 update

New Features

As is usual with the Windows 10 October 2020 updates, there were quite a few new features. First of all, there’s the new start menu. Instead of the old black version (which I prefer), it is now somewhat see-through. This technically makes it easier to find apps, but I think that it looks terrible compared to the black version. The second big change that they made is to the alt tab feature. This used to allow you to cycle through your tabs, but it now also includes Microsoft Edge tabs. I never really use edge, so this doesn’t really affect me, but if you use Edge, this might be quite useful. If you don’t like this new feature, you can always change it back, though. The last large feature introduced in this update has to do with PC gaming. Microsoft has finally made it easy to change monitor refresh rates in your Windows settings, but now you can finally change your refresh rate directly through the settings, instead of through AMD or Nvidia’s apps.

Smaller Features

There were also some smaller features introduced in this update. Every time you get a notification, it now shows you the app logo. This will be very useful when trying to figure out what you are getting notified about. The taskbar has also been decluttered for people new to Windows 10, and this is great. The less bloatware, the better. The last minor feature only applies to people with 2-in-1 laptops. Now, if you switch to tablet mode, it won’t show you a notification.

Windows 10 2020 october update issues credit: Ocala Post

Image Credit: Ocala Post

New Issues

This update just came out a few days ago, but many users are already having issues. If you have an audio device with Conexant and Synaptics audio drivers, you may receive a stop error with a blue screen during or after the update. So, if you have any devices with these drivers, either don’t update, or don’t use them. Also, there are potential issues for users of Microsoft IME  for Japanese and Chinese languages, so if this affects you, be careful. The last identified issue, which has already been fixed, caused error messages when users tried to download third party drivers. So, in conclusion, Microsoft actually did a pretty good job of keeping bugs under control with this update. As long as you aren’t affected by the things mentioned above, I wouldn’t be too worried about downloading this update, unless a new issue comes up.

The Main Point

Windows 10 just had a new update for October, and my feelings are mixed. Some users have already begun to have issues that break windows for them. The new start menu isn’t as good as the old one in my opinion. And the other new features don’t add too much. So, basically, this update is just the same as every other somewhat large Windows 10 update.