Microsoft forces PCs under Windows 10 1809 to pass in 1909
The publisher thinks it is time for Windows 10 users who are still running the October 2018 update and tagged 1809 to upgrade to version 1909.
Microsoft has extended its forced update of Windows 10 PCs running under the old version 1809, released 14 months ago, to version 1909, the most recent. “We are proceeding to the next phase of our controlled process of automatically launching the feature update by including a larger number of machines running the 1809 versions of Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 (October 2018 Update),” said Microsoft January 21 in its Windows health dashboard.
It was on December 5 that the Redmond company launched its process of forced updates by announcing “the progressive update” of PCs running Windows 10 1809. Released on November 13, 2018, Windows 10 Home systems and Pro 1809 will be removed from the Microsoft support list on May 12, which will not be the case for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education 1809, which have 30 months of support and will be supported until May 11. 2021.
The forced updates are the result of Microsoft’s April 2019 changes to Windows 10 support terms. Instead of delivering each feature update to Windows 10 Home PCs and unmanaged Windows 10 Pro systems based on the schedule. The company – since 2015, Microsoft chose when each device should download and install update – Microsoft added the option “Download and install now” (DaIN -Download and Install Now) to version 1903. The readjusted to versions 1803 and 1809. “Download and install now” option allows users to choose when they want to migrate from one version to another. And if a user doesn’t apply Dane,
Impact: For the first time, unmanaged Windows 10 Home and Pro users were able to skip a feature upgrade easily. Under previous rules, these users should have upgraded from version 1809 to version 1903 before later upgrading to version 1909. Except that customers cannot continue to run a version of Windows 10 indefinitely. When the current feature update comes to an end – at the latest within four months of its release – Microsoft responds by downloading and installing the latest version. It is this process that Microsoft has just decided to extend for PCs still running version 1809 of Windows 10.
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By cancelling the update process for unmanaged Windows 10 Home and Pro systems, Microsoft has also changed the adoption schedule for each latest version. Before the changes decided last April, Microsoft had upgraded most Windows 10 PCs for individuals and small businesses, almost from the start of the availability cycle of the new version. But, after the introduction of the DaIN option, it seems that the calendar has reversed, and a significant number of users were still using the version of the previous year, even beyond its expiration date. In other words, many users had decided to wait until the end of support for a release before receiving the next replacement version. According to AdDuplex, the provider of analytical applications for Windows, 22% of Windows 10 PCs listed at the start of the week we’re running version 1809, down slightly from 25% in October. (Ad Duplex did not communicate its version measurements on November and December).
Thus, four months from the end of the support, 22% of computers were still running version 1809. If we compare this figure with the measurements made on Windows 10 1709 in December 2018 by Ad Duplex, the old version represented only 6 % of all versions running on users’ machines, or about a quarter of the share of 1809 at the same time in its life cycle, also four months before the release of version 1709 from Microsoft support. The Windows 10 1709 version was released on October 17, 2017, and the Family and Pro 1709 versions were released from Microsoft’s support list on April 9, 2019.
This difference clearly shows the impact that the introduction of the DaIN option by Microsoft had last year: previously, a significant part of the updates was loaded upstream for all users, and mainly towards the beginning of the life cycle of the new version, whereas today, the old versions are kept until the end of their life cycle and beyond. It also suggests – and there’s no data to the contrary – that unmanaged Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro users kick in and let Microsoft take care of the upgrade (which it does the publisher in the last months of support). So it seems that such a large proportion of unmanaged Windows 10 Home and Pro users are not applying the upgrade like predicted our colleagues from Computerworld last year. (Users forced, at the end of 2018, to update their version of Windows 10 in 1809, did not worry about updating their systems to version 1903, but they will receive text 1909 soon).