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December 5, 2021

20H2

Ed Tittel headshot

So Long Win10.Guru Readers

Ed Tittel announces his departure from Win10.guru. Thanks for all the eyeballs past and present. See you around the Internet.

Dell Precision 5550 Mobile Workstation sideview

First Look: Dell Precision Workstation P-5550

Last Friday, FedEx dropped off a Dell Precision 5500 Mobile workstation with 8-core i7, Quadro T2000 graphics, 32 GB RAM and a 1 TB NVMe SSD. I’m still setting it up and getting to know this machine, but what I’ve seen so far, I like. Check it out!

NirSoft NetBScanner helps me keep up.

War Story: Wandering Network Printer IP Address

Every now and then, I’ll send a print job off on my production desktop that goes to an application (today, it was Snagit) instead of target printer. When that happens, I know it’s time to reset the default printer using its new IP address. Let me explain. . .

The "Feature Update" offer finally appears.

First 20H2 Upgrade Offer Appears

First thing this morning, I observe on my Lenovo X390 Yoga that WU has finally extended an offer of KB4580364. After accepting that offer, I document my experiences and reactions with download, install, and post-install cleanup. It’s all good — and surprisingly interesting — stuff. Check it out!

20H2 status says MS is "slowly ramping up availability." No lie!

Trickling Out the 20H2 Release

OK then, it’s official. According to the MS 20H2 Release Info/Status page, the company is ramping up offers of the upgrade only slowly. You can see their statement on this topic outlined in red in the lead-in graphic for this story. I’m not sure what this has to do with ensuring “a reliable download experience,”

Even though its says System/Control Panel you still go to "About."

System CPA Gives Way to About Info in 20H2 Release

With the release of 20H2, MS points what used to produce the System applet in Control Panel to Settings/System/About instead. I provide some bittersweet commentary, and an explorer shell string that produces the old CPA if that’s what’s really wanted.

The header includes the MS account edmail address which I obfuscated here.

On-again/Off-Again Win10 Settings Header

MS has a banner for the Setting apps in A/B test right now, which means some users see it, and other users don’t. I provide details on an OS tweaking tool that lets enterprising users change this feature’s status (turn it off it it’s on; turn it on if it’s off).

The Jetway NF9G-QM77 is surprisingly robust and capable

Where 1909 Failed, 20H2 Succeeds

Having tried and failed to upgrade my 2012 vintage mini-ITX PC (Jetway NF9G-QM77 mobo, intel i7 2630QM CPU, etc.) from 1909 to 2004, I expected a forced upgrade to 20H2 to fail. To my surprise and delight, it worked! Here’s the story…

Getting to this version via WU isn't happening on any of my 5 production PCs right now.

20H2 Update Is Out … Sort Of …

When news emerges that the official 20H2 release is available through Windows Update, I figure that at least ONE of my 5 version 2004 PCs will get the update offer. None of them qualify, to my great frustration. For me, it’s now a waiting game…

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