Every game with touch controls on Xbox Game Pass (xCloud) for Android

A growing list that’s starting off small at launch with only a couple of games.

Cloud streaming is coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and while it has over 150 titles in its library at launch, only a handful of those support touch controls. A controller may be the preferred method to play these games, but you have the choice to go the old school mobile gaming route and just use the screen of your phone or tablet if you want to.

Every game with touch controls on Xbox Game Pass (xCloud) for Android

Dead Cells
Gear 5 (in testing)
Guacamelee! 2
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
Hotshot Racing
Killer Instinct
Minecraft Dungeons
New Super Lucky’s Tale
Slay The Spire
Streets of Rage 4
Tell Me Why
UnderMine

…That’s it, unfortunately. Microsoft is working with developers to add touch controls to more titles after launch, but as of right now, you only have about a dozen games, with Gears 5 to look forward to in the future.

Aside from cloud streaming, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also brings players a library of several hundred titles available to download to their Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S consoles, with Xbox Game Studios games releasing into the subscription service the same day they launch at retail. In addition, members have access to Xbox Live Gold and soon EA Play, which is expected to join the service this year.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a phenomenal deal, available in 22 and supporting cloud streaming with over 150 titles. Only a handful support touch controls right now, but more are to come. With Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, and access to the entire Xbox Game Pass catalog, it’s easily one of the best-valued packages in gaming.

Every game with touch controls on Xbox Game Pass (xCloud) for Android

Don't count HTC out yet — a new Vive has appeared in an FCC filing

It’s highly likely that this is a new Vive Focus standalone headset.

What you need to know

A new FCC filing from HTC points to the release of a new VR HMD soon.
The design in the filing looks similar to a standalone HTC Vive Focus, and Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth capability also suggest a standalone headset.
A Snapdragon XR2-powered Vive Focus recently appeared on Geekbench.

A new FCC filing (via Road to VR) from HTC suggests a new Vive VR headset could soon be on its way to the U.S. (and likely other countries, too). In the filing, which is a Federal Communications Commission requirement for any product emitting a wireless radio signal, HTC details the wireless functions of the new device as well as a general mockup image containing the location for the FCC certification label. While the mockup certainly looks like the top of an HTC Vive Focus, most FCC mockups are general sketches and don’t look like the final product.

The real meat of this filing are the supported and tested wireless signals listed deep inside, which include both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. Specifically, this new HTC headset supports 802.11ax, better known as Wi-Fi 6, indicates that this headset is a wireless standalone headset similar to the Oculus Quest 2 and other HTC Vive Focus headsets. That’s critical for HTC to make sure it’s competing with the best headsets out there and providing a next-generation wireless VR experience.

On top of that, recent leaks on Geekbench point to a new HTC Vive Focus headset being powered by the same Snapdragon XR2 chipsets that the Oculus Quest 2 uses. The Snapdragon XR2 is a significant leap in overall performance when compared to the Snapdragon 835 or 845 that have been used in previous-generation standalone VR headsets. This FCC filing also shows Bluetooth connectivity, which makes sense given that HTC has been utilizing Bluetooth for connecting to phones and other devices for consumer and enterprise use.

There’s little likelihood that this filing refers to the HTC Vive Project Proton that was teased earlier this year, although with the HTC Vive Cosmos launch not going as well as HTC hoped, it’s possible that they could be fully unveiling that product before too long.

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HP’s Reverb G2 is now made with the help of Valve and Microsoft. The premium VR headset brings 2K by 2K resolution, 90Hz refresh, new Valve-designed lenses, improved spatial audio, and a massive focus on comfort. It is the ultimate VR headset for Windows Mixed Reality, gaming, or professional use.

Don't count HTC out yet — a new Vive has appeared in an FCC filing

Xbox integration is coming to Home Assistant, allows for remote control

Tie your Xbox in with your other smart devices.

What you need to know

Home Assistant is a popular and powerful automation hub designed to tie your ecosystem of smart devices together.
It’s fantastic for DIY-lovers and tinkerers, and gets updated regularly with new features and integrations.
The latest to join the ranks is Xbox, allowing for remote and automated control of your Xbox consoles from Home Assistant.
The hands-on video looks very impressive, and shows a surprisingly deep level of integration.

Today is a good day for Xbox fans who like to take their control beyond the standard Xbox controller, with the news that the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S still have an IR receiver for remote control, and will work with some of the best Xbox One Media Remotes you can get. There’s even a brand-new media remote up for pre-order for the new consoles. Now, we also know that Home Assistant is getting integration with the Xbox platform.

If you aren’t familiar with Home Assistant, it’s an automation hub similar to solutions from companies like Samsung, but with a focus on DIY-lovers and tinkerers who’d like to go more hands-on. It’s a powerful and popular smart home option, and it’s about to get even more useful with integration in the Xbox platform. It isn’t dissimilar to how you can control your Xbox with your Google Assistant speaker or Amazon Alexa, but it goes a lot farther.

As you can see from the hands-on video above, Home Assistant will allow pretty much full control of your Xbox using Home Assistant, including opening apps, games, captures and screenshots, and controlling your console with a built-in remote. This would also allow for routines and more, if you wanted, all powered through the comprehensive Home Assistant platform. You can also find more information on the Home Assistant website.

It’s definitely cool to see, and could be a major boon for people who already use Home Assistant or are looking to begin messing around with the vast world of smart home tech. Do you use Home Assistant, and if you do, are you planning on integrating your Xbox? How would you use it? Let us know in the comments below!

Xbox integration is coming to Home Assistant, allows for remote control

A new trailer for the Medium explains how the Dual Reality feature works

One person, two realities.

What you need to know

The Medium is the latest horror game from genre experts Bloober Team, coming to Xbox Series X and S, and PC.
It features stunning graphics and a unique Dual Reality feature, in which two separate worlds are rendered at the same time.
The Medium looks like a fascinating game, and is arriving for Xbox Series X and S, and PC on December 10, 2020.
In a new trailer, you can learn more about how the Dual Reality feature works, and what it’s used for in the Medium.

Horror games are really starting to step it up, with the Medium taking full advantage of the next-gen hardware inside the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S to deliver an innovative gameplay feature known as Dual Reality. With Dual Reality, two realities are rendered simultaneously, with the player able to interact with and control the main character in both at once.

This feature has been very impressive in trailers, but the new mechanic prompted a lot of questions from interested players. The Medium’s latest trailer seeks to answer a few of those questions.

With Dual Reality, players will be able to explore environments in both realities at once, using interactions in one or both of the realities to solve puzzles, unlock secrets and information, and help the main character progress. The Dual Reality feature is also contextual, resizing each rendered reality to focus on what’s important. The main character’s physical body remains in the real world, while their spirit explores this other reality.

The Medium looks like a must-have for any horror fans, and comes to Xbox Series X and S, and Windows PC’s, later this year on December 10, 2020. You can pre-order the title right now, but the Medium will also come to Xbox Game Pass on day one, which is fantastic.

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Two worlds joined in terror

The Medium is a horror game that lets players go back and forth between the physical world and the spirit world. Using this dual-reality gameplay is necessary for solving puzzles and uncovering a horrific mystery.

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Problems installing the Windows 10 October 2020 Update? Here are the fixes.

Are you having problems upgrading to Windows 10 October 2020 Update? Here are the steps to troubleshoot and resolve virtually any kind of issue.

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update (version 20H2) is now available for compatible devices with some new features and changes to complement the May 2020 Update (version 2004). This is the tenth major update after the original release, and it’s the second semi-annual refresh that comes out in 2020. (Check out our full Windows 10 October 2020 Update review for details on this release.)

Since both version 20H2 and 2004 share the same core file system, the new version will be offered as a cumulative update for computers already running the May 2020 Update that won’t require reinstallation. On devices running an older release, such as the November 2019 Update, the upgrade process won’t change, meaning that complete reinstallation will be required.

Usually, the update process to a newer version of Windows 10 happens without glitches, but there is always a chance of problems, even more, if you’re coming from a relatively old release. Sometimes the issues are related to changes in the new feature update. However, more often than not, update failures occur due to custom configurations, outdated drivers, incompatible programs, and hardware-related problems.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll highlight the most common problems you’re likely to encounter as you upgrade to the October 2020 Update and the instructions to resolve them.

How to fix problems upgrading to the October 2020 Update

When it comes to the time to upgrade to a newer release of Windows 10, you may see two types of problems. The first type is those common issues, such as activation, storage, and Windows Update, which are not necessarily problems with the October 2020 Update.

The second type is those issues that happen because of bugs with the feature update. Typically, these problems occur during the installation due to compatibility problems with drivers or applications. But new releases are also known to cause issues after the upgrade and with follow up quality updates.

In this guide, we’ll look into the different instructions to resolve both types of problems, whether you’ll be applying the update to the May 2020 Update or an older release using Windows Update, Media Creation Tool, or Update Assistant.

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How to fix errors with Windows Update installing October 2020 Update

Microsoft always recommends to perform an upgrade using Windows Update, but this feature can also present unwanted issues.

Typically, Windows Update errors are not easy to identify, but you can use the troubleshooter to fix most common problems.

To fix problems downloading the October 2020 Update with Windows Update, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Troubleshoot.
Click the Advanced troubleshooters option.

Under the “Get up and running” section, select the Windows Update option.
Click the Run the troubleshooter button.

Click the Apply this fix option (if applicable).

Quick note: If the “Apply this fix” option is not available, it doesn’t mean that it didn’t work. The tool will run an automated script to fix common problems, and if there’s something else, you’ll see the option to apply the fix.
Continue with the on-screen directions.
Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, you can use the Windows Update settings again to install the new feature update.

In the case that you see the error 0xc1900223, then there’s a problem downloading the update, but there is nothing you need to do. Windows Update will try to download the files at a later time.

How to fix error 0x800F0922 with Windows Update downloading October 2020 Update

If you clicked the “Download and install” button and you receive error 0x800F0922, it could indicate that Windows Update cannot connect to the server to download the files the System Reserved partition doesn’t have enough space.

Close VPN connection

Usually, if there’s a connection problem trying to download version 20H2, a VPN connection is likely active.

To proceed with the upgrade, disconnect from the VPN server using these steps:

Click the network icon in the taskbar.
Select the VPN connection.

Click the Disconnect button.

If you’re using a VPN client other than the built-in one available on Windows 10, check your software support website for more specific details.

Resizing System Reserved partition

Sometimes antivirus and other third-party security software can store data in the System Reserved partition blocking the installation of a new version of Windows 10.

You can quickly get around this problem using a third-party tool to resize the partition to make it equal or larger than 500MB. Alternatively, you could use a clean installation, which will not only fix the problem, but you’ll start with a new fresh installation of Windows 10 that can improve performance and may resolve other issues.

How to fix error 0x80073712 with Windows Update installing October 2020 Update

When installing the October 2020 Update, the error 0x80073712 indicates that the required files are either missing or damaged.

To fix the problem, delete the Windows Update temporary files using these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on Storage.
Under the “Storage” section, click the Temporary files option for the main drive.

Clear the current item selections.
Check the Temporary Windows Installation files or Windows Setup temporary files item.

Click the Remove files button.

After you complete the steps, use the Windows Update settings to apply version 20H2 one more time.

If you keep getting the same error, use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade the system.

How to fix Update Assistant stuck downloading Windows 10 October 2020 Update

The Update Assistant is a tool to install feature updates when Windows Update does not work, but sometimes, this tool can also experience some issues.

Issues with the Update Assistant are usually related to networking, which you can fix with these two methods:

Disconnect the network cable from the computer, or disconnect from the wireless connection using the network flyout on the taskbar. Wait an entire minute, reconnect to the network, and restart the Update Assistant.
Restart your computer, and then reopen the Update Assistant.

If the problem persists, use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade your device to the October 2020 Update.

How to fix errors with Media Creation Tool installing October 2020 Update

The Media Creation Tool is a utility that allows you to perform an in-place upgrade as well as a clean installation of Windows 10, but it’s not flawless, and you may run into issues.

Resolve Media Creation Tool stuck downloading updates

The Media Creation Tool downloads the installation files and any available cumulative updates to ensure the most up-to-date version of Windows 10 is applied to the device. However, sometimes, the tool might get up stuck downloading updates, which will prevent the installation from continuing.

If the tool is stuck on the “Getting updates” stage, use these steps to fix the problem:

Close the Media Creation Tool.
Open the Media Creation Tool again.
As soon as the installation files finish downloading, unplug the network cable from your computer or disconnect from the wireless network.

Once you complete the steps, the utility will time out the connection and continue with the setup process.

Resolve Media Creation Tool won’t start setup

If the Media Creation Tool is stuck downloading the October 2020 Update install files, you may need to start the upgrade process manually.

To start the upgrade process manually, use these steps:

Open File Explorer.
Browse to the following path:

C:ESDWindowssources
Double-click the Setupprep.exe file to launch the setup wizard.

After you complete the steps, you can continue with the upgrade process of the Windows 10 version 20H2.

In the case that the steps don’t resolve the issue, then you should try upgrading with the Update Assistant.

How to fix issues using USB media installing October 2020 Update

If the Windows 10 October 2020 Update fails to install using a USB bootable media, some of the required files might be missing or damaged. You can resolve this problem using the Media Creation Tool to create the bootable media one more time.

To create a Windows 10 USB bootable media, use these steps:

Open this Microsoft support website.
Under the “Create Windows 10 installation media” section, click the Download tool now button.
Save the installer on your computer.
Double-click the MediaCreationTool20H2.exe to start the setup.
Click the Accept button.
Select the Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC option.

Click the Next button.
Click the Next button again.

Select the USB flash drive option.

Click the Next button.
Select a removable drive from the list.

Click the Next button.
Click the Finish button.

After you complete the steps, the tool will create a new installation media with the files to install the October 2020 Update. If the bootable media fails again, then use another device to make the USB bootable media.

How to fix error 0x8007042B or 0x800700B7 using Windows Setup installing October 2020 Update

During the Windows 10 October 2020 Update installation using the Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant, the process may stop with error 0x8007042B 0x4000D or 0x800700B7 0x2000A.

These errors happen because another process (usually from a third-party antivirus) in the background is interfering with the upgrade.

To resolve this issue, terminate the process in question, and proceed with the update again. Alternatively, you can perform a clean boot of Windows 10 to start the upgrade, or you can temporarily remove the conflicting program.

To uninstall an app on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Select the app.
Click the Uninstall button.

Click the Uninstall button again.
Continue with the on-screen directions.

Once you complete the steps, the upgrade process should complete successfully.

How to fix error 0xC1900107 upgrading to Windows 10 October 2020 Update

The error 0xC1900107 message indicates that the device was recently upgraded, but the previous installation files are still pending for deletion.

Usually, you can fix this problem by restarting your device. However, if the error continues, you can use Storage Sense to remove the previous version manually.

To delete a previous installation of Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on Storage.
Under the “Storage” section, click the Configure Storage Sense or run in now option.

Under the “Free up space now” section, check the Delete previous versions of Windows option.

Click the Clean now button.

After you complete the steps, the previous installation will be deleted from the device, and you should now be able to proceed with the update.

How to fix storage error 0x80070070 installing October 2020 Update

Windows 10 now includes a Reserved Storage feature that sets aside part of the drive space for updates and temporary files. However, it’s not always enabled on every installation, and you may still run into storage-related errors, including 0x80070070 – 0x50011, 0x80070070 – 0x50012, or 0x80070070 – 0x60000.

To fix the problem, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on Storage.
Under the “Storage” section, click the Temporary files option for the main drive.

Check the items to remove.

Quick tip: Avoid selecting the “Windows Setup temporary files” or “Windows ESD installation files” options, because these are the files required to update the computer.
Click the Remove files button.

Once you complete the steps, proceed with the installation of version 20H2.

If the newly available space is not enough, connect an external storage device (such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive) with at least 16GB of space that the setup can use as temporary storage to continue with the upgrade.

You can also use this guide with more tips to free up storage space.

How to fix error 0x80070002 0x20009 installing October 2020 Update

The error 0x80070002 0x20009 message can also occur during the upgrade to version 20H2, and it indicates that the setup can’t find the specified files.

To resolve this issue, remove any drive connected to the computer, including USB flash drives (except the one with the setup files) and external hard drive to continue.

How to fix driver error 0xC1900101 installing October 2020 Update

If there’s a driver problem upgrading to version 20H2, you’re likely to see errors starting with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011.

This is the list of the different “0xC1900101” error codes:

0xC1900101 – 0x2000c
0xC1900101 – 0x20017
0xC1900101 – 0x30017
0xC1900101 – 0x30018
0xC1900101 – 0x3000D
0xC1900101 – 0x4000D
0xC1900101 – 0x40017

To get around any other these errors, you can use the following tips:

Optimize storage space

According to the hardware requirements, the device needs at least 20GB of available space to install Windows 10 version 20H2. This means that if you see one of the 0xC1900101 errors, you may need to use the Storage settings, uninstall non-essential apps and games, and migrate personal files to another location to free up space.

This guide features the best tips to free up storage space on your computer.

Disconnect devices

If you want to minimize the chances of errors during the Windows 10 October 2020 Update installation, disconnect all the peripherals, including external drives, printers, Bluetooth devices, USB devices, cameras, and other devices.

After the upgrade, you can reconnect them back.

Update drivers

Also, if you see an error message that starts with 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011, you need to make sure the device isn’t missing driver updates.

Important: If you’re downloading the update from your device manufacturer support website, make sure to follow their instructions, and skip the steps below.

To check for device driver updates, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the View optional updates option.

Quick note: This option is only available if the system detects any driver that can be updated through Windows Update.
Click the Driver updates list to expand.
Select the driver to update.

Click the Download and install option.

Once you complete the steps, you can try to install the October 2020 Update without result in an 0xC1900101 or 0x80090011 error message.

Uninstall security apps

Also, it’s possible to run into the 0xC1900101 0x20017 and 0xC1900101 0x30017 when there’s a problem with third-party security software.

You can get around these errors by temporarily removing third-party antivirus, anti-spyware, and any other kind of anti-malware software with these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Select the security app.
Click the Uninstall button.

Click the Uninstall button again.
Continue with the on-screen directions.

After you complete the steps, continue upgrading to version 20H2, then reinstall the security software again.

Repair current installation

An 0xC1900101 error message could mean a problem with the current installation. When this happens, you can use the Deployment Servicing and Management (DISM) and the System File Checker (SFC) utilities to repair the installation to continue with the upgrade process to version 20H2.

For additional assistance, use this guide with all the steps to use these tools correctly.

Repair hard drive

You can also use the CHKDSK command tool to check and repair logical and some physical errors with the system’s hard drive.

To use the CHKDSK command tool on Windows 10, close any app, and then use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command and press Enter:

chkdsk/f c:

Type Y and press Enter to schedule a scan.
Restart your device.

After the computer reboots, the tool will start automatically and scan and repair any drive errors.

Clean installation

If you’re still getting the 0xC1900101 error message, you should use the Media Creation Tool to perform a fresh installation of Windows 10 version 20H2.

How to fix hardware error 0xC1900200, 0xC1900202, or 0x80300024 installing October 2020 Update

The errors 0xC1900200 – 0x20008, and 0xC1900202 – 0x20008 mean that the device doesn’t have enough memory. Also, the error 0x80300024 indicates that there’s a problem with the target drive.

To check the device hardware specifications, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on About.
Confirm the hardware specifications.

These are the minimum hardware that you need to install Windows 10:

CPU: 1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC).
RAM: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit.
Hard drive: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit existing installs, or 32GB clean install or new devices.
Graphics: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver.
Display: 800×600.

Typically, these errors will be an issue on older or low-end devices, and you can resolve them by upgrading the system memory or internal drive.

How to fix driver compatibility error 0x800F0923 installing October 2020 Update

During the Windows 10 October 2020 Update installation process, you may also get the error 0x800F0923, indicating a compatibility issue with a driver or app already installed on the computer.

Traditionally, this error happens as a result of an issue with the graphics driver. However, it can also be triggered by an old program, third-party antivirus, outdated drivers for specific hardware.

If you use the Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool, you might understand in more detail the root of the problem.

Image source: Microsoft

In the case that it’s a driver problem, you should download and install the latest version from the manufacturer support website using their instructions. Also, look for beta versions of the driver. Sometimes, there’s a bug with the current version, which has been fixed in the driver’s upcoming release.

In the case that you’re running the latest device driver, you can uninstall it and continue with the upgrade process. Then, after the installation, you can install the driver again.

Fix driver compatibility

To uninstall a device driver on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for Device Manager, and click the top result to open the app.
Expand the branch with the device having issues.
Right-click the component and select the Uninstall device option.

Click the Uninstall button again.

After you complete the steps, you should be able to complete the upgrade of the October 2020 Update.

Fix app compatibility

If the issue is an incompatible app, either update the app or remove it before proceeding with the upgrade process.

To uninstall an app, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Select the incompatible app.
Click the Uninstall button.

Click the Uninstall button again.
Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, continue with the installation of version 20H2. After the upgrade, you can install the apps again.

How to fix app compatibility error 0xC1900208 installing October 2020 Update

When installing the Fall 2020 update, you may also see the error 0xC1900208 – 0x4000C that indicates an app is conflicting.

You can always get around this issue by removing the app in question with these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Select the incompatible application.

Quick tip: If you’re not sure the app is causing the problem, it’s usually a third-party antivirus or an older piece of software.
Click the Uninstall button.

Click the Uninstall button again.
Continue with the on-screen direction to remove the app.

Once the conflicting apps have been removed, you can continue with the update to version 20H2.

How to fix install completion problem with the October 2020 Update

When trying to apply version 20H2 or a cumulative update, you may run into these errors:

Error: We couldn’t complete the updates. Undoing changes. Don’t turn off your computer.
Error: Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes.

These messages are general errors that will block the installation. In this case, determine the exact error code and research online to find a possible solution.

To find out the error code message blocking version 20H2, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the View your update history option.
Check the error code next to the failed update.

Once you complete the steps, research the error code online to determine a solution. Usually, you may be able to find a solution at the Windows Central forums or the official Microsoft forums.

How to fix black screen problem with October 2020 Update

A black screen is a common problem that can appear during or after installing the Windows 10 version 20H2. When this happens, the issue is likely the graphics driver, or it could mean that a previous update didn’t apply correctly.

If a black screen appears during the version 20H2 upgrade, use this guide to fix the problem.

In the case that the problem persists, then the feature update isn’t fully compatible with your device yet, and it’s recommended to roll back to the previous version.

Roll back to Windows 10 version 1909

If you recently upgraded a device running the November 2019 Update or an earlier release, then to remove the October 2020 Update, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Recovery.
Under the “Go back to a previous version of Windows 10” section, click the Get started button.

Check any of the reasons available.
Click the Next button.
Click the No, thanks button.
Click the Next button.

Click the Next button again.

Click the Go back to earlier build button.

After you complete the steps, it’s best not to upgrade until a new update becomes available that fixes the particular problem.

Roll back to Windows 10 version 2004

If you recently upgraded a device running the May 2019 Update, then to remove the October 2020 Update, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the View update history option.

Click the Uninstall updates option at the top of the page.

Select the Feature Update to Windows 10 20H2 item from the list.

Click the Uninstall button.
Click the Yes button.
Click the Restart now button.

While these steps will return the device to the previous version, if the current set up is nearing the end of service, eventually, Windows 10 will try to install the update again.

If you’re dealing with a known issue with the feature update, Microsoft often lists the problem along with its status and workaround (if applicable) in the Windows 10 health dashboard page.

How to fix networking problems with October 2020 Update

Sometimes, the upgrade process can cause networking problems. For example, lose of connectivity with Wi-Fi or Ethernet connections, inconsistent connectivity, or the network adapter may break entirely.

In the case that the device is experiencing network related issues, consider that a lot of reasons can affect connectivity, including drivers, settings, signal, cable, switch, router, and Internet Service Provider (ISP). However, there’s always a chance that a problem happens because of a bug with version 20H2.

If the issue happens immediately after applying the October 2020 Update, it’s likely this is a driver or configuration related problem.

Network troubleshooter

To fix network adapter problems after upgrading to version 20H2, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Network & Security.
Click on Status.
Under the “Advanced network settings” section, click the Network Troubleshoot button.

Continue with the on-screen directions (if applicable).

Once you complete the steps, the device should reconnect to the network.

Network reset

If the previous steps didn’t resolve the issue, then resetting the network adapters to their factory defaults might fix it.

To reset all network adapters on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Network & Security.
Click on Status.
Under the “Change your network settings” section, click the Network reset button.

Click the Reset now button.

Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the tool will remove and reinstall all the network adapters and set the configurations to their defaults.

In the case that the instructions don’t fix the problem, it could be a bug with the Windows 10 October 2020 Update. You can refer to this guide to resolve most networking problems on Windows 10.

How to fix activation error 0x803F7001 with October 2020 Update

Once the copy of Windows 10 is activated, it’s not required to type the product key during upgrades or clean installations. However, there’s a chance that you may run the “Windows not activated” message along with the 0x803F7001 error after installing version 20H2.

If this happens, there’s nothing else you need to do, since Windows 10 will keep trying to reactivate later. However, you can use the Activation Troubleshooter to reactivate the installation.

How to fix in-place upgrade on Windows 10 October 2020 Update

After upgrading to Windows 10 version 20H2 from version 2004 using the enablement package through Windows Update, it’s then impossible to use the Media Creation Tool to perform an in-place upgrade to reinstall the same version of Windows keeping your files and apps.

The tool works as expected when upgrading version 2004, but if you try to use the tool to reinstall version 20H2, you’ll only be able to choose the “Nothing” option, and the “Keep personal files and apps” and “Keep personal files” options will be grayed out.

According to reports from users (via Reddit), this problems has been around for several previews, and you can bypass this issue by uninstalling the enablement package. Here’s how:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on View update history.

Click on Uninstall updates.

Select the Feature Update to Windows 10 20H2 via Enablement Package item.

Click the Uninstall button.
Click the Yes button.

Once the package is removed, you can use the Media Creation Tool to reinstall Windows 10, keeping your files and apps.

How to fix Conexant audio drivers on Windows 10 October 2020 Update

During and after the October 2020 Update upgrade, devices using Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers (Conexant HDAudio Driver) may see a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD). Also, computers using the Conexant ISST audio driver (Conexant ISST Audio or Conexant HDAudio Driver) might receive an error or problems during the installation of updates.

According to the Microsoft release information dashboard, there’s a compatibility issue with Synaptics drivers and Windows 10. At the time of this writing, there’s no permanent solution, and the company is placing a block to prevent affected devices from receiving version 20H2 until a fix becomes available. However, if you installed the feature update and you’re now experiencing issues, it’s best to roll back to the previous version of the operating system.

To remove the October 2020 Update, use these steps:

Important: Since this particular problem is affecting version 20H2 and 2004, the instructions below only applies for devices that were previously running version 1909 or earlier.

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Recovery.
Under the “Go back to a previous version of Windows 10” section, click the Get started button.

Check any of the reasons available.
Click the Next button.
Click the No, thanks button.
Click the Next button.

Click the Next button again.

Click the Go back to earlier build button.

After you complete the steps, it’s best not to upgrade until a new update becomes available that fixes the particular problem.

Alternative workaround

It’s not recommended, but if you don’t depend on the computer’s audio, you can disable the device from Device Manager. Here’s how:

Open Start.
Search for Device Manager and click the top result.
Expand the Sound, video and game controllers branch.
Right-click the Conexant HDAudio Driver, Conexant ISST Audio, or Conexant HDAudio Driver item.
Select the Disable device option.

After you complete the steps, it’s recommended to check your manufacturer support website for newer drivers periodically, and when a new update becomes available, download and install it using the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Also, don’t forget to re-enable the device using the same instructions mentioned above, but on step No. 5, select the Enable device option.

How to fix search problems on Windows 10 October 2020 Update

If you decided to upgrade to the new version of Windows 10, there’s a chance search may stop working.

According to Reddit user aryaman16, after the update was offered to the device automatically when typing a query in the Start menu, the search experience will appear, and using the search box will show no results, and then the box will suddenly crash.

Microsoft hasn’t yet confirmed this as a problem with the new version, but it’s been suggested that you can mitigate the issue by removing a specific registry key.

In the case that you’re dealing with this problem, you can try these steps to fix the search experience:

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it correctly. It’s recommended to make a full backup of your PC before proceeding.

Open Start.
Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry.
Browse the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionSearch

Quick tip: On Windows 10, you can now copy and paste the path in the Registry’s address bar to quickly jump to the key destination.
Right-click the Search (folder) key and click the Delete option.

Restart your computer.

Once you complete the steps, the search feature should start working on your installation.

Alternative fix

If you’re having problems with Windows Search, you might also be able to resolve the issue using the Indexer Diagnostics tool from Microsoft, which you can download from the Microsoft Store. Here’s how:

Open Indexer Diagnostics.
Click on Search is not working.
Click the Restart button.

Confirm if the problem with Windows Search has been fixed.
(Optional) Click the Reset button.
Confirm if the problem with Windows Search has been fixed.

After you complete the steps, search on Windows 10 should start working one more time on version 20H2.

How to minimize problems upgrading to Windows 10 October 2020 Update

Although the Windows 10 October 2020 Update is relatively small, there’s always a chance of running into unexpected issues during and after an upgrade. However, if you prepare accordingly, you can significantly reduce the chances of problems.

Create temporary backup

Although the Windows Setup process has a safety mechanism to undo the changes if the upgrade can’t continue for any reason, it’s not guaranteed that it’ll work every time. Also, the upgrade might work, but as we have seen in previous releases, the process may cause data loss, which is why it’s always recommended to create a full backup before proceeding.

You can use any backup software of your choice, or you can create a temporary backup using the imaging tool available on Windows 10. It’s also recommended to create a backup of your files to an external drive or cloud using OneDrive.

Configure System Restore point

If the device is using the May 2020 Update, it’s a good idea to enable and configure System Restore to create a restore point, which can help you to undo the changes if something goes wrong.

To enable System Restore on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for Create a restore point, and click the top result to open the System Properties app.
Click the System Protection tab.
Under the “Protection Settings” section, select the main “System” drive.
Click the Configure button.

Select the Turn on system protection option.

Click the Apply button.
Click the Create button.

Specify a name for the restore point. For instance, Restore point before installing the October 2020 Update.

Click the Create button.
Click the Close button.
Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, you can continue with the update process through Windows Update. If the update is causing problems, you can use the restore point to undo the changes.

Disconnect non-essential peripherals

On Windows 10, non-essential peripherals (USB flash drive, SD cards, external hard drives, printers, scanners, dongles, and Bluetooth devices) are sometimes responsible for installation failures.

If you’re about to upgrade to version 20H2, disconnect all peripherals from the device. You only need a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and internet connection. (After the installation, you can connect those peripherals again.)

Uninstall non-essential apps

On Windows 10, older or poorly designed apps can cause compatibility problems causing the feature update to fail. You can minimize problems by removing apps that may conflict with the installation. For example, legacy desktop apps and third-party antivirus.

To uninstall apps on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Apps.
Click on Apps & features.
Select the app you want to remove, and click the Uninstall button.

Click the Uninstall button again.
Continue with the on-screen direction (if applicable).

After you complete the steps, repeat the instructions to uninstall other apps before proceeding with the 20H2 update.

If you have a third-party antivirus or firewall, you should check your software vendor support page for specific details on how to disable or remove the solutions during the upgrade progress.

Disable metered connection

If you’re using a metered connection, the October 2020 Update won’t download through Windows Update. In the case that you have a capped internet connection, connect to another network or disable the metered connection (assuming that you have enough data) to download the update.

To disable a metered connection on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Network & Security.
Click on Wi-Fi or Ethernet.
Select the active network connection.

Under the “Metered connection” section, turn off the Set as metered connection toggle switch.

After you complete the steps, Windows Update should be able to download the October 2020 Update on the computer.

Perform clean installation

If you have tried every possible solution and nothing seems to work, either wait a little longer or consider performing a clean installation to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10.

A clean installation is the recommended method to start fresh with a copy of Windows 10, and it’ll even help performance and other issues.

To perform a clean installation, you need to create a USB media using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool, which you can then use to start the computer to proceed with the setup. You can use this guide to find specific steps to perform a fresh install of Windows 10.

Wrapping things app

The October 2020 Update for Windows 10 is a minor refresh that doesn’t require reinstallation for devices already running the May 2020 Update, which means that the risk of running into problems should be minimal to none. However, for computers that are still on an older release, the upgrade experience won’t change, so unwanted upgrade problems are expected to happen.

In this guide, we outlined a slew of problems and their solutions to help anyone upgrade to Windows 10 version 20H2, whether you’re using Windows Update, Media Creation Tool, or Update Assistant.

As a rule of thumb, it’s never commended to install a new version of Windows 10 as soon as it becomes available since it hasn’t been fully tested on every hardware and software combination. Usually, you want to wait for several quality updates releases before triggering the upgrade process manually to minimize problems.

Did you encounter problems installing the October 2020 Update on your device? Let us know in the comments and the steps to fix the issue (if any).

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
Windows 10 forums on Windows Central

Problems installing the Windows 10 October 2020 Update? Here are the fixes.

You can personalize app switcher for Microsoft Edge tabs – here's how.

Microsoft Edge now shows open tabs in Alt + Tab shortcut, and you can customize or disable the feature – here’s how to complete these tasks on the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update (version 20H2) is now available for compatible devices. With it, users are getting a new set of features and improvements, including deeper integration with the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge. (Check out our full Windows 10 October 2020 Update review for details on this release.)

Starting with the tenth feature update (after the original release), the new version of Edge comes built into Windows 10. When hovering over a site pinned to the taskbar will show you all the open tabs for that website across any window of the browser, and open tabs will now also appear in the Alt + Tab (app switcher) experience.

When using the Alt + Tab experience with version 20H2, you’ll see all the open tabs, but there’s a new option in the Settings app that allows you to set the number of tabs you want to see, and you can even disable the feature entirely.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to decide the number of open tabs that Microsoft Edge shows in the Alt + Tab experience with the settings available starting with the October 2020 Update.

How to change Alt + Tab settings for Microsoft Edge
How to disable Alt + Tab experience for Microsoft Edge

How to change Alt + Tab settings for Microsoft Edge

To adjust the number of open tabs in the app switcher view, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on Multitasking.
Under the “Alt + Tab” section, use the drop-down menu and select the best option for you:

Open windows and all tabs in Edge.
Open windows and 5 most recent tabs in Edge.
Open windows and 3 most recent tabs in Edge.
Open windows only.

Once you complete the steps, you’ll find only the number of open tabs that you configured in the settings page when using the Alt + Tab shortcut.

How to disable Alt + Tab experience for Microsoft Edge

To prevent Microsoft Edge from showing open tabs in the Alt + Tab experience, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on Multitasking.
Under the “Alt + Tab” section, use the drop-down menu and select the Open windows only option.

After you complete the steps, Microsoft Edge will no longer show open tabs in the Alt + Tab experience.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
Windows 10 forums on Windows Central

You can personalize app switcher for Microsoft Edge tabs – here's how.

Windows 10 not detecting your second monitor? Try these fixes.

Windows 10 can’t detect the second monitor? In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to troubleshoot and resolve common issues with external displays.

On Windows 10, connecting a second monitor is a convenient way to expand the canvas to work with multiple apps, edit videos, and even play games on your desktop computer or laptop.

Although setting up an external display is usually a straightforward process, sometimes, Windows 10 may not detect the second monitor due to outdated drivers or hardware-related problems. However, if you happen to be dealing with this problem, you can use several troubleshooting steps (such as checking the connection and installing the correct drivers) to fix the issue in no time.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to troubleshoot and resolve issues, causing a second monitor not getting detected automatically on your device.

How to fix external monitor connection issues using hardware troubleshooting
How to fix external monitor connection issues using Settings
How to fix external monitor connection issues using latest graphics driver

How to fix external monitor connection issues using hardware troubleshooting

Usually, if the system is not detecting the second external monitor, the problem is likely related to software, but there are also chances that the problem lies in the physical connection.

In the case that the external monitor doesn’t appear in the Windows 10 settings, you should try these troubleshooting steps before modifying system settings:

Confirm the monitor is correctly connected to a power source, and it’s turned on.
Restart the computer to re-establish the connection.
Use the built-in controls on the monitor and make sure the correct input is selected.
Check the signal cable connection between the monitor and device’s graphics card.
Disconnect the signal cable from both ends, wait about a minute, and reconnect it.
Use a different signal cable to confirm the problem is a broken connector or bad cable.
DisplayPort and HDMI come in different versions, so make sure to use the correct cable. (Check manufacturer for details).
Switch ports if the monitor and graphics card include multiple ports.
Connect the monitor to another computer to determine if it’s not a problem with the monitor.
Connect another known working monitor to determine if the issue isn’t the graphics card.
Disconnect all peripherals (such as printers, cameras, USB devices, etc.) to confirm that none of the other devices are conflicting with the display.
If you’re using a Surface Pro 7 with a dock station, disconnect it, and try to connect the monitor straight to the tablet to confirm whether the problem is the Surface Dock.
If applicable, update the display firmware as it may help to fix bugs and compatibility issues. (Check manufacturer for details).

After trying the basic troubleshooting steps outlined above, if nothing seems to fix the second monitor, you can start troubleshooting for software related problems.

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How to fix external monitor connection issues using Settings

After you confirm that the problem isn’t physical, use the Settings app to force the system to detect the second monitor.

Force second display detection

To detect a second monitor manually on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on System.
Click on Display.
Under the “Rearrange your displays” section, click the Detect button in the bottom-right corner (if applicable).

Quick note: This option is only available when connecting an additional display. If you have only one monitor, the setting will not be present.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 should now detect the external monitor. You can then configure that with a specific resolution, scale, and orientation as needed using the Display settings.

Connect wireless external display

To connect a wireless display as a secondary screen to Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Devices.
Click on Bluetooth & other devices.
Click the Add Bluetooth & other devices button.

Select the Wireless display or dock option.

Confirm the wireless display is turned on and discoverable (refer to device manual).
Select the display from the list.
Continue with the on-screen directions.

After you complete the steps, the wireless monitor should now be detected as a new external display on your computer.

How to fix external monitor connection issues using latest graphics driver

On Windows 10, buggy, outdated, or damaged graphics drivers can prevent the second monitor’s detection. If this is the case, the easiest way to resolve this problem is to update, reinstall, or downgrade the graphics driver to fix the connection between the external monitor and device.

Update graphics driver

To update the graphics card driver using Windows Update to fix the second monitor detection problem, use these steps:

Open Settings.
Click on Update & Security.
Click on Windows Update.
Click the View optional updates option.

Click on Driver updates to expand the category.
Select the driver you want to install.

Click the Download and install button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and install the device driver allowing the monitor to get detected.

If the optional updates option isn’t available, then Windows Update doesn’t have a newer driver. In that case, you may want to check the manufacturer support website download and install a more recent version (if available).

Reinstall graphics driver

To reinstall a damaged video driver on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.
Double-click to expand the Display adapters branch.
Right-click the adapter, and select the Uninstall device option.

Clear the Delete the driver software from this device option (if applicable).
Click the Uninstall button.

Restart computer.
Open Device Manager again.
Right-click the computer name and select the Scan for hardware changes option.

After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will reinstall the graphics driver automatically during startup, but it’s a good idea to use the steps to ensure the driver installs correctly.

Rollback graphics driver

If the device recently received an updated version of the driver, and now, Windows 10 can’t detect the second monitor, you can rollback to the previous driver to resolve the issue.

To remove and reinstall an older version of a graphics driver on Windows 10, use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.
Double-click to expand the Display adapters branch.
Right-click the graphics adapter, and select the Properties option.

Click the Driver tab.
Click the Roll Back Driver button.

Quick tip: If the option isn’t available, it’s not possible to rollback the driver to a previous version. However, you might still be able to use an older version if it’s available from the device manufacturer’s support website.
Select an option to answer the question.
Click the Yes button.

Restart your computer.

Once you complete the steps, Windows 10 should detect and start displaying content on the external monitor.

Update graphics driver with manufacturer control panel

Windows Update can download and install drivers for most graphics cards, but the packages available are not always the most recent versions. If you want the absolute latest driver for your card, manufacturers like NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel provide software that allows you to quickly download and install the latest updates, which may help fix issues with the external display.

Intel Driver & Support Assistant
NVIDIA GeForce Experience
AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

If you choose to use the manufacturer control panel, the installation is straightforward. You only need to download and double-click the installer using the above links, and continue with the on-screen directions to complete the installation and then check for updates.

Alternatively, you can download and install the graphics drivers directly from the manufacturer’s support website using their instructions.

Intel
NVIDIA
AMD

If you don’t know which graphics card and version of the driver is installed on your device, use these steps:

Open Start.
Search for System Information and click the top result to open the app.
Double-click to expand the Components branch on the left pane.
Select the Display category.
See the Adapter Type and Driver Version information to determine the card model and current version of the driver.

Once you understand the card information, you can use the above links to find, download, and install the correct driver for your device.

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Finally, consider that manufacturers (such as Dell, HP, Razer, Acer, and Microsoft) can modify the original drivers to optimize them for their devices. This means that when dealing with a branded computer (also known as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) computer), you should always consider using the graphics driver available through the manufacturer before trying those available through the video card company to minimize the chances of running into issues.

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
Windows 10 forums on Windows Central

Windows 10 not detecting your second monitor? Try these fixes.

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An unlikely match-up of two popular puzzle games gets a sequel.

What you need to know

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 is the sequel to an unlikely but rather charming pairing of Puyo Puyo and, well, Tetris.
The sequel promises to have new game modes, story adventures, and an improved and rich online experience as well.
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Theme-aware splash screens are here to save the eyes of Windows Insiders

The latest Windows 10 build for insiders adjusts splash screens to match your theme.

What you need to know

Windows 10 build 20241 is now available to Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel.
The new build brings support for theme-aware splash screens for UWP apps.
Several Microsoft apps already feature theme-aware splash screens within the build.

Microsoft has yet another build for Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel. The latest update brings systems to build 20241 and brings a couple of new features. The most noticeable new feature is that UWP apps can now have theme-aware splash screens.

Similarly to theme-aware tiles in the Start Menu, theme-aware splash screens switch between light or dark mode depending on your system settings. This should look better and also make it so bright splash screens don’t hurt your eyes when you’re using dark mode throughout the rest of Windows 10.

Here’s the complete changelog for Windows 10 build 20241:

Introducing theme-aware splash screens for apps
Building on theme-aware tiles in Start, we’re introducing theme-aware splash screens for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps. Now, when an eligible UWP app is launched, the splash screen color will match your default app mode. For example, if you have light theme turned on, you’ll see a light theme splash screen, and if you have dark theme turned on (for the “default app mode”) then you’ll see a dark theme splash screen.

Settings app splash screen before and after in light theme:

Settings app splash screen before and after in dark theme:

The following apps support theme-aware splash screens today:

Settings
Store
Windows Security
Alarms & Clock
Calculator
Maps
Voice Recorder
Groove
Movies & TV
Snip & Sketch
Microsoft ToDo
Office
Feedback Hub
Microsoft Solitaire Collection

Over time, more apps will be updated via the Store to support having a theme-aware splash screen.

NOTE: Some apps like Store and Feedback Hub may show an extended splash screen in your accent color instead of the theme-aware light or dark theme.

This feature is rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first to help us quickly identify issues that may impact performance and reliability. Rest assured they will be gradually rolling out to everyone in the Dev Channel.

Enhancing your defrag experience

We’re making a few changes to the Optimize Drives page (Settings > System > Storage > Optimize Drives), including:

Adding a new “Advanced View” checkbox to list all volumes including hidden volumes. Please note we’re still getting this one up and running, so you’ll see the checkbox in this build, but may not notice any differences when you click it.
Listing more details in the “Current status” column when volumes are not available for defrag (for example, “Partition type not supported” and “File system type not supported”).
Adding support for pressing F5 to refresh.

You can read more about the latest build, including all of its fixes, on Microsoft’s blog.

Theme-aware splash screens are here to save the eyes of Windows Insiders