Windows 10, version 20H2 and Office OPK 20H2 Release Updates

Created: 2020-06-16 |  Last Modified: 2021-05-21

Applies to: TVO

This communication has been updated to include updated information for a new LXP ISO OPK planned to RTM early June 2021.

Updated May 6, 2021

This communication has been updated to include important information regarding the April 13 release of Windows 10, LXP 3C, and provide you information for the Windows 10, LXP 4C ISO planned to RTM Mid May 2021.

Updated April 15, 2021

This Communication has been updated to include information for a new LXP ISO planned to RTM on April 28, 2021.

Updated March 29, 2021

This Communication has been updated to include information for a new LXP ISO planned to RTM on April 13, 2021.

Updated March 03, 2021

This communication has been updated to include updated information for a new LXP ISO OPK planned to RTM on March 11, 2021.

Updated February 19, 2021

This communication has been updated to include updated information for a new LXP ISO OPK, planned to RTM on February 18, 2021.

Updated January 27, 2021

Microsoft is planning to release updated versions of the Windows 10, version 2004 (20H1) Software Development Kit (SDK) and the Windows 10, version 2004 Windows Driver Kit on January 28, 2021. The updated versions include servicing updates and are being released as optional supplements. More information can be found at Windows SDK and Windows WDK. OPK part numbers are listed below:
X22-48975 -Win 10 2004 64/ARM64 OPK WDK -2
X22-48976 -Win 10 2004 64/ARM64 OPK SDK -2

Updated December 22, 2020

This communication has been updated to correct the Windows and Office Image adoption dates from May 23, 2021 to May 24, 2021.

Updated December 15, 2020

This communication has been revised to include updated information about an update to the Windows and Office Image adoption dates, a known issue with the Office OPK 20H2 that leaves a benign file after uninstall, and a new LXP ISO OPK release (for the 11C LCU servicing release) planned to RTM on December 9th, 2020. The new LXP ISO OPK is a new optional supplemental LXP (Local Experience Packs) ISO OPK for the 11C servicing release (11C LCU). The OPK part number is X22-47510 Win 10 2004 64/ARM64 MultiLang OPK LangPackAll/LIP (11C LXP ONLY) (KB4586853).

Updated November 25, 2020

Microsoft has completed its investigation of the issue reported on November 17th which identified an issue with the Retail Demo Experience (RDX). The root cause was due to some NTFS permission objects being reset in the image which could cause access issues for users, services, or applications. Microsoft is releasing an updated version of the 20H2 media to MOO-SOC on November 25, 2020. The new OPK part numbers are available here and listed below.

OEMs may use the new 20H2 OPK media or use the Windows 10, version 2004 (“20H1”) RTM OPK and then add the latest 20H1 LCU, SSU, and 20H2 eKB to create their 20H2 preinstall images.

OPK Part numbers. Please note that the Supplemental Media was not impacted and the previously provided OPK part numbers remain unchanged.

 

Royalty OPKs - REVISED

PartNumber

Description

X22-47595

Win 10 20H2 x64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2

X22-47596

WinHomeChn/WinHomeChn S 10 20H2 x64 ChnSimp OPK -2

X22-47597

WinHomeChn/WinHomeChn S 10 20H2 ARM64 ChnSimp OPK -2

X22-47598

Win 10 20H2 ARM64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2

 

 

IoT OPKs - REVISED

X22-47599

Win 10 IoT Ent SAC Value 20H2 ARM64 English OPK -2

X22-47600

Win 10 IoT Ent SAC High-End 20H2 x64 English OPK -2

 

Supplemental OPKs – NO CHANGE

X22-36238

Win 10 20H2 64/ARM64 MultiLang OPK Inbox Apps

X22-36255

Win 10 20H2 x64 Feature Enblmnt Pkg OPK (DownloadOnly)

X22-36256

Win 10 20H2 ARM64 Home/Pro/SL/S/N Feature Enblmnt Pkg OPK (DownloadOnly)


Updated November 17, 2020

Microsoft recently discovered a misconfiguration issue with the Windows 10, version 20H2 (“20H2”) media OPK that was released to MOO SOC on October 6, 2020, that could have impacts to end user scenarios. Microsoft is further investigating the issue and will provide an update soon. OEMs should NOT use the 20H2 full media. In the meantime, OEMs should use the Windows 10, version 2004 (“20H1”) RTM OPK and then add the latest 20H1 LCU, SSU, and 20H2 eKB to create their 20H2 preinstall images. All 20H2 full media is being removed from MOO-SOC but the 20H2 eKB (X22-36255, Win 10 20H2 x64 Feature Enblmnt Pkg OPK (DownloadOnly) will still be available.

Updated October 29, 2020

This communication has been revised to include updated information about a new optional supplemental Edge Release, update to the Windows Image adoption dates, and addition of LXP update.

 

Microsoft is planning to release to manufacturing on November 4, 2020, an optional supplement that includes an updated version of Microsoft Edge to address several recently discovered issues: pinning of favorites, a driver issue with certain GPU devices, and an issue with the display of certain Office icons in the Start menu.

On November 11, 2020, Microsoft is releasing a new optional supplemental LXP (Local Experience Packs) ISO OPK for the 10C servicing release (10C LCU). The OPK part number is X22-44317 Win 10 2004 64/ARM64 MultiLang OPK LangPackAll/LIP (10C LXP ONLY) (KB4580364).

 

With the recent RTM date change of the Office OPK 2004 to October 20, 2020, Microsoft is updating the Window 10, version 2004 Windows Image adoption dates as noted below. 

 

More information is below.

Updated October 6, 2020

This communication has been updated to include updated information on OPK part numbers and local experience packs.

The existing Windows 10, version 20H2 and Office OPK, version 20H2 OPK part numbers previously communicated will not change. There are new part numbers for supplemental LXP (Local Experience Packs) ISOs provided in the table below. For additional details on these new LXPs, see the section below. Please note, the Windows 10 LXP issue does not impact Office OPK version 20H2.

With the updated media released on October 6, 2020, Windows 10, version 20H2 build numbers will not change from what was originally released on Collaborate.

Microsoft recently discovered a localization issue with the Office OPK 20H2 which will move the release to manufacturing (RTM) out until October 20, 2020. This issue does not impact the Windows 10, version 20H2 release or RTM date. There are no changes to the OPK part numbers.

Updated September 29, 2020

This communication has been updated to include information about a move in the Release to Manufacturing from September 29, 2020, to October 6, 2020, for both Windows 10, version 20H2 and Office OPK Version 20H2. For Windows 10, version 20H2, there will be new OPK part numbers. In addition, for the new Local Experience Pack OPK, Microsoft will release two versions of the OPK to align with different servicing releases. More information is below.

Updated September 24, 2020

This communication has been updated with the general availability date.

Updated September 9, 2020

This communication has been updated to include information about the release of a new Local Experience Pack OPK for Windows 10, version 20H2.

Updated August 4, 2020

This communication has been updated with dates for the Windows Release Candidate, Office Release Candidates, RTM, and GA.

Summary

In September 2020 Microsoft is planning to release to OEMs Windows 10, version 20H2 and the Office OPK 20H2. John Cable’s Blog post has more information about Windows 10, version 20H2. This communication provides additional information about the upcoming releases and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Details

Important Upcoming Dates
Reminder: all dates and information in this communication shared under NDA.

Event
Date
Windows 10, version 20H2- Feature Complete August 4, 2020
UCS Testing Begins August 10, 2020
Office OPK 20H2 - Preview July 10, 2010
Office OPK 20H2 - Feature Complete August 10, 2020
UCS Testing Ends September 18. 2020
Office OPK 20H2 - Release Candidate September 9, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 – Release Candidate September 18, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 - RTM October 6, 2020
Office OPK 20H2 - RTM October 20, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 - General Availability (GA) October 20, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2- Feature Complete
August 4, 2020
UCS Testing Begins
August 10, 2020
Office OPK 20H2 - Preview
July 10, 2010
Office OPK 20H2 - Feature Complete
August 10, 2020
UCS Testing Ends
September 18. 2020
Office OPK 20H2 - Release Candidate
September 9, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 – Release Candidate
September 18, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 - RTM
October 6, 2020
Office OPK 20H2 - RTM
October 20, 2020
Windows 10, version 20H2 - General Availability (GA)
October 20, 2020

Windows 10, version 20H2

  • RTM Delay. Microsoft discovered an issue with the 20H2 OPK where the OPK software will not boot into audit mode. The issue does not impact the rest of the software in the OPK. Microsoft is moving the release to manufacturing to address the issue. The new RTM will be October 6, 2020.
  • Version number. The version number will be “20H2”.
  • Part numbers. More information on OPK part numbers available here.
  • Update Windows 10, version 20H2 Image Adoption Dates due to Windows 10, 20H2 release:

    With the re-release of Windows 10, version 20H2, Microsoft is adjusting the Windows Release RTM date for purposes of Licensing and Device Configuration Windows Release adoption requirements. The dates will be as follows:

    • The adjusted Windows Release RTM date, as defined in the License and Device Configuration program, for Windows and Office 20H2 will be November 25, 2020.
    • To comply with the Windows Price List and Product Terms, OEMs must preinstall the Windows 10, version 20H2 image within 180 days of the Windows Release RTM; for 20H2 this is adjusted to be due by May 24, 2021.
    • To comply with Device Configuration, Windows Release Adoption requirement, OEMs must adopt the Windows 10, version 20H2 image within 90 days of the Windows Release RTM; for 20H2 this is adjusted to be due by February 23, 2021.
  • MDA UCS Upgrade testing for 20H2. Additional information on the MDA UCS upgrade testing is available here.
  • New Local Experience packs OPK. Microsoft will be releasing an updated Windows 10, version 2004 Local Experience Pack (LXPs) OPK along with the Windows 10, version 20H2 OPK to address the issue. OEMs should preinstall the new Windows 10, version 2004 Local Experience Packs (LXPs) with Windows 10, version 20H2 for the best language experience. With the exception of the LXP OPK, new Language Packs will not be released with Windows 10, version 20H2; the Language Packs previously released with Windows 10, version 2004 are compatible with version 20H2 media.

Update:

  • Upcoming release for LXP ISO OPK (for the 5C LCU servicing release) planned to RTM early June 2021. The OPK part number is X22-69571Win 10 2004 64/ARM64 MultiLang OPK LangPackAll/LIP (5C LXP ONLY).

  • Microsoft Edge Updates. Microsoft is planning to release to manufacturing on November 4, 2020, an optional supplement of Microsoft Edge to address two recently discovered issues.
    • Favorites pinning. The initial release of 20H2 prevented the pinning of two additional favorites for a total of five on the favorites bar if the device met the requirements outline in the Microsoft Edge MEG for eligible Jumpstart Tier 1 participants. This update version will allow the pinning of up to five favorites.
    • GPU. A recent driver update to certain GPUs could cause an end user to see a blank screen upon the launch of Microsoft Edge if the end user is running version 80 and has not been updated to version 84 for existing end users, updating their Microsoft Edge browser to the latest version (version 84 or greater) will fix the issue.
    • Icons. An issue with tile migration that could cause icons for pinned Office applications to appear smaller than expected and Start pins to appear in the all apps list.

The new supplemental OPK will include Microsoft Edge version 84 and the part number will be available soon. 

Office OPK version 20H2

  • RTM Update. Microsoft will be moving the release of the Office OPK version 20H2 to October 6, 2020, aligned with the Windows 10, version 20H2 RTM. There is no impact to Office due to the Windows 10, version 20H2 issue noted above.
  • Version number. The version number will be “20H2”.
  • Part numbers. More information on OPK part numbers are available here.
  • First Run Experience. An OPK 20H2 User Experience presentation is available on DPC here.
  • Updated Office image adoption dates. With the re-release of Windows 10, version 20H2, Microsoft is adjusting the Office Release RTM date for purposes of the Office Release adoption requirements in the Office Price List and Product Terms. The dates will be as follows:
    • The adjusted Office Release RTM date, as defined in the License for Office OPK 20H2 will be November 25, 2020.
    • To comply with the Office Price List and Product Terms, OEMs must preinstall the Office OPK 20H2 image within 180 days of the Office Release RTM; for 20H2 this is adjusted to be due by May 24, 2021.
  • ClickToRunPackageLocker known issue
    • As part of the release of the Office OPK 20H2, Microsoft discovered with Office in which, when uninstalled, leaves a file, ClickToRunPackageLocker. The file is benign and does not do anything when Office is uninstalled.
    • Microsoft will release an update to address the issue which will be delivered via Office Update. The Office OPK 20H2 does not have the fix.
    • Microsoft recommends that OEMs preinstall and distribute the Office OPK 20H2 and grants a limited, one-time waiver to the OEM Policy Document (OPD) “Desktop_1” requirement, specifically, the requirement that any preinstalled SW “must remove all files or settings when an end user uninstalls the software.” The waiver is limited to the Office OPK 20H2 for this issue and in place for as long as an OEM is permitted to distribute it.