On November 13, 2018, Microsoft released the October 2018 update (version 1809) for Windows 10. It was a remarkable update as it introduced a lot of features like dark theme, your phone, the cloud clipboard and the Clip and Annotation app. among others. However, Windows 10 continued to progress and this version was left behind.
Two years later, those at Redmond ended support for the October 2018 update for Windows 10. La, also known as Build 17763 or Version 1809, stops receiving security updates. This, which to some may sound like good news due to the inconvenience it entails, actually has a series of drawbacks that we should be aware of.
How do I know which version of Windows 10 I’m using
To know which version we are using, we can use two methods. The first is to type “winver” in the Windows search box and click on the first result that appears. If “Version 1809” appears in the window that opens, it means that we are using a computer with the October 2018 update.
Also, we can check the version from the Settings app. Once opened, we go to System> About. In the section “Windows Specifications” we will find the version of the operating system. Likewise, if version 1809 appears, we will end up in an unsupported version of Windows 10.
What happens if I don’t update my equipment
In principle, nothing will happen. However, with the passage of also, potential attackers will find vulnerabilities in Windows 10 version 1809 which they can exploit to gain access to the computer. Without Microsoft’s assistance, the company will not release updates to mitigate these vulnerabilities.
Hence, the computer will end up being exposed to all kinds of possible attacks. Currently, ransomware attacks are the most common and could encrypt anything on the computer and then demand a ransom from us for the data. Recall that Telefónica faced one of these attacks for having computers with outdated updates for over two months.
How to upgrade to a newer version of Windows 10
At the end of support, Microsoft offers the free upgrade to Windows 10 version 1909. The easiest way to upgrade is through Windows Update. To do this, we open the Settings app and go to Update & Security> Windows Update. Here, click on the “Check for updates” button.
However, the latest operating system feature update is Windows 10 20H2. This update may appear in Windows Update after updating to version 1909 or it can be downloaded with certain Microsoft tools: Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant. You can see how to do this in this article.