Microsoft about to force hundreds of millions Windows 10 users to update

If you’ve been trying to avoid updating to Microsoft’s buggy 1903 update to Windows 10, you’re about the lose the choice.

Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Upgrade Warning

Windows 10 has been stuck in a rut. Microsoft has had to issue several warnings in recent weeks and, elsewhere, it has been vague at best about Windows 10’s new upgrade process and, at worst, deceptive about core functionality. And now the company has issued a new warning which will affect hundreds of millions of Windows 10 PCs.

Computers running Windows 10 1803 are now being forcibly updated to the troubled 1903 version

Computers running Windows 10 1803 are now being forcibly updated to the troubled 1903 version

Steve Kotecki

Initially spotted by Windows Latest and now confirmed by Microsoft, the company states it has begun pushing Windows 10 users running the 1803 version to the troubled 1903 release which many have been trying to avoid. How many will this impact? It’s impossible to know for sure, but comparing Microsoft’s official figures with widely reported version data (1,2,3,4,5), potentially up to 400 million PCs.

So should you be worried? Taking to Windows Docs, Microsoft has published a more detailed breakdown of what will happen, explaining that Windows 10 1803 will no longer be supported from November 12 so the company is “starting the update process now for Home and Pro editions to help ensure adequate time for a smooth update process.”

Needless to say, given the reported issues with Windows 10 1903, there will be users who would have wanted to hold out as long as possible before seeing their computers forcibly updated. To that end, there is some leeway thanks to Microsoft’s new update rules which allow upgrades to be paused for up to 35 days at a time, but it only delays the inevitable.

In Microsoft’s defence, the company makes the perfectly reasonable and age-old claim that keeping “devices both supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health”. The flip side, as others have echoed, is Microsoft needs to do its part by releasing more reliable upgrades in the first place.

It will be interesting to see how Windows 10 users respond to these upgrades. For those reading this and happy to still be on Windows 7, however, remember: your ride is nearly up.