Earlier this week, Microsoft officially announced the Windows 10 version 21H1 update and it’ll begin rolling out to consumers in the first half of this year. Like the October 2020 Update (20H2), this new update also comes with a minimal set of features, general improvements, and bug fixes.
Windows 10 version 21H1 is essentially based on version 2004 and version 20H2, and it’ll be delivered via an enablement package. It’s not a huge release and it does not bring a major overhaul to the operating system, but reports suggest that new features and UI improvements will be introduced later this year as part of ‘Sun Valley‘ update.
Microsoft says this update comes with quality improvements that should improve overall user experience. It’s also likely that existing features will be improved using ‘Windows Feature Experience Packs,’ which is a new way to update and improve the OS without major feature updates.
Windows 10 version 21H1 enablement package
Based on references spotted by BleepingComputer, Microsoft is slowly adding all the features/improvements to Windows 10 May 2020 Update and October 2020 Update via the monthly cumulative updates. This will allow Microsoft to deploy the 21H1 “enablement package,” which acts as a “master switch” that simply turns on dormant features, such as the new Windows Hello setting.
To get the update via enablement package, Microsoft says users should be running Windows 10 version 2004 or version 20H2 with the latest cumulative updates. Once