Microsoft will begin force upgrading some Windows 10 users

Windows 10 force upgrade
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Microsoft has begun informing users that Windows 10 version
1903 is reaching the end of support next month and those still
running the unsupported operating system will be force upgraded
without their permission.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 version
1903 reaches the end of support in December and it will receive
the final cumulative update on December 8. As the end of
service is December 8 and it’s less than a month away, the
software giant wants to make sure that users are automatically
upgraded.

In the coming weeks, Microsoft will begin force upgrading those
on Windows 10 version 1903 to a newer compatible version, such
as version 1909. If your device is not ready for version 2004
or 20H2, you won’t be upgraded beyond version 1909.

If you’re on version 1909, you’ll be force upgraded to version
2004 in May 2021. This is because the tech giant is planning to
kill off Windows 10 version 1909 in May and those still using
it must upgrade.

Windows 10 end of life

Note that you can now
bypass the upgrade block or
specify the version of Windows 10 that you’d like to use by
making appropriate changes to Group Policy Editor or Registry
Editor.

The end of service applies only to those using Windows 10 Home
and Pro. Microsoft will support Windows 10 Enterprise and
Education users for another year or two.

Similarly, it will be a very gradual rollout and not everyone
will be force upgraded to the newest version of Windows.

Windows 10 banner
Windows 10 end of life banner

It’s also worth noting that a large number of users by all
accounts are still using Windows 10 version 1903 for some
reasons. The majority didn’t get upgraded to version 1909 or
version 2004/20H2 due to the mysterious upgrade blocks, which
were triggered by a raft of critical and minor bugs and a
highly complicated rollout in general.

Later this year, Microsoft is also planning to expand the
rollout of
Windows 10 version 20H2, otherwise known as October 2020
Update. In the first half of 2021,
another service pack style upgrade called Windows 10 21H1
will begin shipping to consumers.

Windows 10 version 21H1 will replace version 20H2 with fixes
and improvements. As per reports, Microsoft is holding back the
new features for the Windows 10 “Sun Valley” upgrade, which is
expected to arrive in the second half of next year.

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