Crunch Time Coming for Windows 10 Version 1803 Users
If you’re using Windows 10 Version 1803 – and if you have not upgraded to Windows 10 version 1903 already you probably are – here’s our ad advice: Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1903 now – on your own terms – before you have to upgrade on Microsoft’s terms. Crunch time is coming and it looks like it’s coming before the end of this month – although the upgrade process won’t be forced on every Windows 10 version 1803 user at the same time, the forced updates will start before the end of this month [June 2019] and continue until the Windows 10 Version 1803 end-of-support (service) date in November 2019.
If you’re not sure what version of Windows 10 you’re using, type WINVER in taskbar search and press Enter.
It’s always best to take matters into your own hands when it comes to version upgrades. And crunch time is coming if you’re using version 1803. Do it yourself, when you have time and save yourself from having this pall hanging over your head like the sword of Damocles.
See this page to learn how to upgrade your Windows 10 version 1803 computer to version 1903 (AKA May 2019 Update) on your terms – when you’re ready.
Want to know more? Of course, you do, inquiring minds want to know! Forewarned is forearmed, right?
Microsoft cranks up Windows 10 1803-to-1903 forcible updates
Microsoft this week quietly alerted customers running last year’s Windows 10 version 1803 that it would soon start a forced upgrade to the latest feature refresh.
In a note added to the Windows release health dashboard on June 18, Microsoft wrote: “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.”
The move was expected, as last month Microsoft said that starting in late June it would begin upgrading Windows 10 Home PCs – and perhaps Windows 10 Pro systems as well – from 1803, the April 2018 Update, to this year’s 1903.
Previously, Computerworld had pegged June 25 – the fourth and final Tuesday of the month – as the likeliest date for Microsoft to begin the forced upgrades of 1803. Microsoft uses the second day of each week to deliver update and upgrades, notably the second week of each month, the traditional “Patch Tuesday,” to issue security fixes.
Normally, the Home 1803 PCs would have been upgraded to the immediate successor, last fall’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update, aka 1809, long before now. But because 1809 harbored a destructive bug, requiring Microsoft to yank it from distribution and not return it for re-release until early 2019, three months behind schedule, it seemed the company simply gave up on 1809. According to what little outside information exists, in March Microsoft greatly slowed its delivery of 1809 to users of Windows 10 1803.
At nearly the same time, Microsoft decided to change its feature upgrade policy for Windows 10 Home (and again, perhaps Pro as well). That came in April, when the Redmond, Wash. developer announced the “Download and install now” (DaIN) option. DaIN will let users decide when, or even if, to download and install one of the twice-yearly feature upgrades.
But even as Microsoft turned over more control than ever before to Windows 10 Home users and those running unmanaged Windows 10 Pro PCs, the firm reserved the right to do things the old fashioned way. As the Windows 10 version powering a PC neared end of support – Microsoft never nailed down what “near” meant in terms of weeks or months – the company would intervene as it always did before, to upgrade the machine and keep patches flowing…