For all Windows 10 users who using an old version of Windows 10, most of you must be aware that you have had time till June 2019 to update your Windows or Microsoft would do so automatically.
This is part of the new measures that the company is taking to update all users who remain in old versions of the operating system and are approaching the end of their support cycle. In a recently published document , Microsoft announced that this process would officially begin on July 16, 2019.
The automatic update will start before you run out of support
Currently, only three versions of Windows 10 have official support: the May 2019 Update (version 1903), the October 2018 Update (version 1809), and the April 2018 Update (version 1803). Unlike other versions of Windows, Windows 10 works as a service, and each new version that is released enjoys support for only 18 months.
The April 2018 Update will reach the end of its support cycle on November 12, 2019, but Microsoft will start the automatic update process to the latest version to “help ensure adequate time for a problem-free update process.”
This means that if you use that version of Windows 10 or even a previous one (of those that no longer have support), your team should already be on the list of those who will automatically update to May 2019 Update whether you want it or not. The only exception to this would be that the update was blocked on your computer due to compatibility problems.
How to know which version of Windows 10 you have and if this affects you
Check your current version of Windows 10 is very simple, you just have to follow the following steps:
- Press the Windows + I key to open the Settings
- Select System and in the side menu on the right click on About
- Navigate to the Windows Specifications section and verify the number that appears next to Version:
If your information says 1903 or 1809, you are in a supported version and you can continue to postpone updates, Microsoft will not automatically download or install anything on your system in the immediate future.
If your information says 1803 or any lower version, the best thing you can do is back up your data, and update your system as soon as possible, or simply wait for Windows Update to start the process automatically at any time. It is better if you control when and how, so try to do it as soon as possible.
Remember that although Windows Update now behaves differently and no longer installs automatically at the worst possible time, this does not apply if you are near the end of support. Having a version of Windows 10 without support means that you will not receive any major security updates, so you would be exposing yourself to risks unnecessarily.