Windows 10 21H1-22H2: Out-of-the Box Experience update KB5020683 (Nov. 11, 2022)

Windows[German]Microsoft has released a so-called Out-of-the-Box Experience Update for Windows 10 on November 11, 2022, surprisingly for me. This is already available for Windows 10 versions 21H1, 21H2 and 22H2, but it only applies to systems with Windows 10 Home and Professional. It replaces an update from 2021 and is intended to enable a move to Windows 11 on eligible machines during a new Windows 10 installation.


The announcement of update  KB5020683 (Out of Box Experience update for Windows 10, version 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2: November 11, 2022) doesn't have too much details. With this update, Microsoft aims to improve the out-of-box experience (OOBE) of Windows 10, version 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2. To do so, eligible devices will be offered the option to upgrade to Windows 11 as part of the OOBE process.

The update can be downloaded from Microsoft's update servers in the so-called out-of-the-box phase (OOBE) during the installation of a Windows 10 system. It requires an an online connection. In addition, the user has to agree during the installation that updates can be searched for and installed. The user is then offered the function update to Windows 11 on the machine on which Windows 10 is currently to be installed. This saves the user from having to install Windows 10 and then upgrade to Windows 11 via a feature update. If the upgrade offer is displayed, the machine is both compatible with Windows 11 and licensed for the new Windows version.

If the upgrade to Windows 11 is selected, the upgrade process begins shortly after the OOBE phase of the Windows 10 installation is complete. This involves downloading the Windows 11 installation image from Microsoft's servers via the assumed Internet connection. Microsoft writes: This update applies only to the OOBE process (see above explanations) of Windows 10 and only to the following versions:

  • Windows 10, Version 21H1 (Home and Professional only)
  • Windows 10, Version 21H2 (Home and Professional only)
  • Windows 10, Version 22H2 (Home and Professional only)

So, the upgrade will not be made available for managed systems in enterprise environments running Windows 10 Enterprise or Education (and probably not for volume license versions of Windows 10 Professional).

There are no prerequisites for installing this update. The affected device must be rebooted after applying this update. This update replaces the previously released update KB5005716 (see Windows 10: OOBE Update KB5005716 (Oct. 4, 2021). (via)

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