Windows 10 1903 users are forced to upgrade

Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update has been around for 17 months. And, as usual for a spring release, that means tech support ends in December. Specifically, it receives its last update on December 8.

This means it’s time for automatic updates, something that frankly should have started some time ago. But due to the pandemic, those in Redmond have decided to delay the mandatory update. The way the Windows 10 feature is updated is that Microsoft will only automatically update your computer if it is on a version that is nearing end of support. This automatic update period begins at approximately six months.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update nears twilight

In April, Microsoft announced that it was extending support for Windows 10 version 1809 through November. Then in June, this automatic update period began for users of this version of Windows. Since 1809 and 1903, the end of life is now one month apart. You would think automatic updates would have started for 1,903 users in July.

They do not have. In fact, when the October 2020 update for Windows 10 was released, Microsoft said it would be available to users of version 1903 or higher. Which means anyone looking for the update manually can get it.

This changes from today. Microsoft starts updating version 1903 to a newer version automatically, but oddly, not to the latest one. Microsoft is going to start updating from version 1903 to version 1909, so this should be a quick and easy update that you probably won’t even notice. This also means, of course, that you will get another forced update in a few months. Since the end of the useful life of version 1909 is not far either, at least for mainstream customers.

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