Microsoft Issues Warning Affecting Millions Of Windows 10 Users
Windows 10 users have been experiencing different kinds of issues these past several weeks. Microsoft's new upgrade process has been pretty vague, and the company hasn't been clear about the system's core functionality. For this reason, expect Microsoft to issue warnings (again) soon and it affect hundreds of millions of Windows 10 users.
First reported by Windows Latest and has since been confirmed by Microsoft, the tech giant will require all Windows 10 users running the 1803 version to upgrade to 1903, which a lot of people have been trying to avoid. This will affect up to 400 million Windows 10 users according to Microsoft's official figures.
Microsoft previously said that it will try to be more transparent to all things concerning Windows 10, whether feature updates or services. And yes, the company has made changes to the Windows Update process quite drastically. The company's new approach will have users manually checking for updates, which is the only time the feature update will be offered. This means that users will have to click on download/install for updates to run.
Moreover, the Windows Update page can now notify users when support for Windows 10 is almost running out.
In November 2019, Windows 10 April 2018 Update, which is the version 1803, will reach the end of support for non-Enterprise customers. Now a lot of people are still on version 1803, so Microsoft has been reminding users that a newer version will have to be installed.
Microsoft released this info via an official document at Windows Docs, confirming that support for 1803 will soon stop and that the company is "starting the update process now for Home and Pro editions to help ensure adequate time for a smooth update process."
Now this is a good initiative, but Windows 10 1903 users have quite some unpleasant experiences of the new version. Some even held out to 1803 as long as possible before Microsoft reinforces the new update. If you're not ready to be move on from 1803 yet, do now that Microsoft has some rules indicating that you can pause the update for up to 35 days at a time.
To be fair, Microsoft's intention is as pure as it could get - the company only wants to deliver the best experience for Windows 10 users. And mind you, these updates are critical to ensure the security of your device and ecosystem health. Although yes, the company does need to work on OS reliability issues.