Microsoft Is Forcing Its Customers to Replace Home windows

If your PC is still running the May 2019 update, you may want to get it up to date before Microsoft.

If you can't remember the last time you ran Windows Update, now is a quick way to run it. Microsoft is forcing users who are still using Windows 10 Version 1903 to upgrade to a more recent version soon.

A laptop installing a Windows update

What is Microsoft doing with older Windows versions?

Windows Latest has broken down what Microsoft has planned for its operating system and who will be affected by this forced update.

Microsoft announced that support for Windows 10 Version 1903 will end on December 8, 2020. After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide version 1903 with a bug fix or accept support tickets for the operating system.

Instead, Microsoft is asking users to update their operating system. In fact, the company will push so hard that its users will have no choice on this matter. Microsoft will force an update that will bring users' PCs as close as possible to the latest patch.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, not every PC can run the latest patch, so rolling out every update to date won't prevent this. However, the company hopes to at least get everyone to version 1909. This release will end support in May, giving users time to upgrade.

Why Microsoft is forcing users to update

Microsoft's actions may seem draconian, but the company wants its users to stay safe. With Microsoft ending support for certain services and programs, it also wants to give users the ability to upgrade and not be left out of the cold – even if they don't ask for it.

This isn't the first time Microsoft has forced an update. The company recently rolled out the new Chromium Microsoft Edge to all PCs. This is because Microsoft wanted to shut down both Internet Explorer and the older version of Edge as they were far less secure.

The Microsoft Edge logo

That attitude, of course, seems like Microsoft believes it knows your interests and needs better than you do. However, Microsoft may instead target the group of users who don't really understand what updates do for their computer and how dangerous running an outdated version can be.

Keep your Windows PC up to date

If you are running an older version of Windows, it may be upgrading it yourself soon, whether you want to or not. Windows users should get used to such updates as Microsoft wants to make sure that all users are on the same page.

If you keep postponing Windows Update because it always shows up at the worst possible time, then you should try managing your updates. While the early versions of Windows 10 were very crowded with their updates, newer versions give you control over how your PC updates itself.

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