Microsoft has officially released Windows 10 cumulative update KB4586238 to users signed up for the Dev channel, and unlike what you may expect from such a patch, no big change is roofed.
Instead, the Redmond-based software giant itself explains this update doesn’t bring anything new for Windows 10 but is just designed to assist the company testing the servicing pipeline.
So quite simply, it’s just a testing update that users in the Dev channel and running Windows 10 build 20231 are getting to help Microsoft test the way in which updates are shipped on Windows Update. If you want to determine if KB4586238 has already been in your device, just look into the OS build number.
If it’s installed, then your new OS build number is 20231.1005 – click on the Start menu, type winver, and that’s it.
“We are starting to unveil Cumulative Update Build 20231.1005 (KB4586238). You might not check this out update immediately, but it’s rolling out into today. This update does not include anything new and is made to test our servicing pipeline. We identified and fixed the bug that caused the prior Cumulative Update to not install reported by Windows Insiders last month,” Microsoft said.
Apart from that, Windows 10 build 20231 is really unchanged, so you still get the same changes that were announced on October 7.
The most crucial of these is the new OOBE experience which supplies users with multiple options when establishing a new Windows 10 device. These options have the ability to customize the PC for any specific purpose, for example gaming, business, or entertainment, with Windows 10 to then advise a series of settings that will better optimize the OS for the activity you’re interested in.
However, this screen is pretty much the only thing you’re getting included in this build, as Microsoft says that the feature is still in the early days and it might take some time until it’s ready for full testing.
“This may be the initial wave of work for this feature, and Insiders may notice different options presented in OOBE based on what they select, however at the moment Insiders won’t notice any other configuration differences after exiting OOBE. Good quality to sharing future improvements in this space,” Microsoft explains.
“This feature has created to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first, to assist us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability. Be assured they’ll be gradually rolled out to everyone in the Dev Channel. NOTE: You will notice this selection if you opt to reset your computer and when you do a clear install of Windows.”
Windows 10 improvements that are shipped included in the Dev channel don’t possess a specific ETA, as Microsoft says that it simply really wants to test new features and then ship these to users when they are ready. Quite simply, the aforementioned OOBE screen doesn’t have a launch date, which means that it obviously won’t be part of the next feature update expected to ship this month.
The brand new Windows 10 feature release is the October 2020 Update, also referred to as version 20H2, and based on Microsoft itself, the RTM build has already been finalized and shipped to insiders in the Release Preview ring. The state rollout kickoff should be announced every day now, with Microsoft to give the update to version 20H2 in phases, just like before.
Windows 10 October 2020 Update, however, won’t be considered a major release, only something similar to a service pack, using the focus totally on underneath the hood improvements.