If you’re still running
Windows 10 version 1909, version 1903 or older, you may
have already noticed a new message in your system tray: Your
version of Windows 10 will reach the end of service soon.
According to Microsoft, support for Windows 10 version 1909
ends on May 11th, 2021, and as that date approaches the company
is keen to convince users to upgrade to
Windows 10 May 2020 Update or
October 2020 Update.
To upgrade users to the most recent version of Windows 10,
Microsoft has now started to display a notification that
reminds users about the end of the service period. The pop-up
message will apparently appear in the system tray and it can be
dismissed, but it will show up again if you don’t upgrade.
“Your version of Windows 10 will reach end of service
soon. Click to download a newer version of Windows 10 to stay
supported,” the notification reads.
But there’s a catch – in some cases, you just can’t click on
the notification and download the newest feature update.
Microsoft may have stopped blocking the May 2020 Update /
October 2020 Update for nearly all configurations, but the
feature update is still not being delivered to some of those
machines due to unknown safeguards and compatibility issues.
Microsoft has added a notification that will inform users if
their PC isn’t ready to receive the latest upgrade from
As spotted by one of our readers, the message tells the user:
“The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is on its way. Once your device
is ready, you’ll see the update available on this page”.
Unfortunately, the message doesn’t give any details about
“compatibility problems” or safeguards blocking Windows 10 May
2020 Update and other updates.
If you don’t see the option to install the feature update, or
you are having difficulty with Windows Update’s vague messages,
you can always update your device manually.
Fix “Your version of Windows 10 will reach the end of service”
To remove the alert “Your version of Windows 10 will reach the
end of service” and upgrade to the latest version, you can use
the Update Assistant tool, which basically allows users to
perform an in-place feature update through a wizard-based
The tool downloads the entire OS package (version 20H2) and it
will initiate the standard installation process instead of
using Windows Update settings. Remember that your update could
still be blocked if there are major compatibility issues.
To get started, head to the download page on Microsoft’s
and click on the Update button, and then launch the Update
Assistant tool, as shown in the below screenshot.
If the Update Assistant tool fails, you can also download the
Media Creation Tool from the same Microsoft’s website or try
your luck with the media images (ISO).