Last updated on May 9, 2021
Microsoft provides two types of updates for Windows 10: “feature updates” and “quality updates.” Both are equally important, but each one delivers different sets of improvements at different times.
The latest version of Windows 10 is the November 2019 Update, version “1909,” which was released on November 12, 2019.
Feature updates are typically released twice per year and include new functionality and capabilities as well as potential fixes and security updates.
Feature updates are technically new versions of Windows 10, which become available twice a year (roughly every six months) during spring and fall.
These feature updates are much larger, in file size, than a quality update. In fact, when installing a feature update, you’re actually installing a new version of Windows 10.
To check if there is a Feature Update waiting to be installed — or any other updates — click on your Start Menu, then the Settings icon, then click on the Update & Security section. If there is a feature update waiting, you’ll see something similar to the image above. Otherwise, you can click the “Check for updates” button to force Windows to check for any available updates.
Quality updates (also called “cumulative updates” or “cumulative quality updates”) are more frequent and mainly include small fixes and security updates.
Quality updates install automatically every month through Windows Update, usually every second Tuesday of every month (also known as “Patch Tuesday”). Although it’s not unusual to see quality updates released outside of the monthly schedule.
View Your Update History
You can always see the updates installed on your device by going to Settings > Windows Update, and by then clicking the View update history option.
What Version of Windows 10 Do You Have?
To find out which version of Windows your device is running, plus other specifications about your device:
- Click on the Start Button.
- Click on Settings.
- Click on System.
- Then click on About, at the bottom-left.