When Microsoft launched the May 2019 Update, the company also stated that Windows 10 will no longer automatically install big updates every six months without your permission.
You can keep using the outdated version of Windows 10 for as long as it’s supported, but you will be forced to update your computer when the operating system is reaching the end of servicing period.
A document from Microsoft states that support for Windows 10 April 2018 Update will end on November 12, while Education and Enterprise users will continue to receive patches for another 12 months at no cost.
In the coming weeks, Microsoft plans to start enforcing updates on outdated devices running Windows 10 version 1803 or earlier. The company also plans to use its machine learning technology to determine the compatible hardware and push the latest update.
Outdated PCs will receive a big update later this month
Yesterday, Microsoft shipped new patches for Windows 10 October 2018 Update and Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
In the release notes of April 2018 Update patch, Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to update the outdated devices to the latest version of Windows in late June 2019.
“We will begin updating devices running the April 2018 Update and earlier versions of Windows 10 in late June 2019 to help ensure that we keep these devices in a serviced, secure state,” Microsoft announced in a new post to support document.
In another support document, Microsoft mentioned that it has also begun training its ‘machine learning model’ that will automatically initiate the update on compatible April 2018 Update PCs.
“We are now beginning to build and train the machine learning (ML) based rollout process to update devices running the April 2018 Update, and earlier versions of Windows 10, to ensure we can continue to service these devices and provide the latest updates, security updates and improvements,” Microsoft noted.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed if it also plans to force the update on systems that have set up to delay feature updates.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update was released in April 2018 and it has approximately 61 percent market share based on the hundred thousand PCs surveyed by AdDuplex.