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Microsoft begins Windows 10`s 1809-to-1909 compulsory upgrade

December 13, 2019

This marks the second time Microsoft has taken the upgrade reins since changing its servicing model and means some users may be upgraded after running 1809 less than a year.

 

Microsoft has begun forcibly upgrading Windows 10 PCs running version 1809 with the latest, the November 2019 Update, aka 1909, which the company launched less than a month ago.

 

"We will slowly start the phased process to automatically initiate a feature update for devices running the October 2018 Update (Windows 10, version 1809) Home and Pro editions," Microsoft said in a Dec. 5 message on Windows 10 1909's page of the Windows Release Health Dashboard. "We are starting this rollout process several months in advance of the end of service date to provide adequate time for a smooth update process."

 

Windows 10 1809 officially "launched" Nov. 13, 2018. On Home and Pro, the version will fall off Microsoft's support list on May 12, 2020.

 

So, Microsoft started its automatic 1809-to-1909 upgrades more than five months before the former becomes obsolete. That's a month earlier than the previous forcible refresh, the 1803-to-1903 upgrade Microsoft kicked off July 17, 2019 - four months ahead of 1803's Nov. 12 retirement.

 

The announcement marked the second time Microsoft has taken the upgrade reins since upending its servicing model in April. Then, the company said that those running Windows 10 Home, as well as users running unmanaged devices powered by Windows 10 Pro, would be able to decide when to upgrade from one version of the operating system to another using a "Download and install now" option. Previously, Microsoft held tight control over this process.

 

Yet Microsoft does not let users perpetually avoid an upgrade. Citing security, it said it would intervene when the current feature upgrade neared end of support by forcing an upgrade. It is that intervention Microsoft has now begun on systems running 1809.

 

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