Microsoft Using Brut Force With Windows 10 Upgrades
Some Windows 10 users may soon be forced to update their software and not everyone is going to like it.
Microsoft is set to force users of their older software using questionable methods such as slowing a PC or making access to certain apps such as Office 365 difficult.
I recently could not work out why my desktop PC was struggling after I returned from a trip to Europe , I was having difficulty accessing Microsoft apps, when I went to reboot my machine, I saw an alert for a major upgrade. When it was downloaded the PC worked perfectly.
In some cases, Microsoft is sending out a message reads: “You’re currently running a version of Windows that’s nearing the end of support. We recommend you update to the most recent version of Windows 10 now to get the latest features and security improvements.”
I for one did not get this message or act resulting in Microsoft using brute force to get me to comply.
If you are still using version 1803 of Windows 10 time has almost run out to hit the upgrade button.
Support for this Windows 10 software will end next month, November 12, and that means those using it will no longer get security updates or new features.
Some Windows 10 versions have been dogged by problems with one current upgrade leaving some unable to print resulting in Microsoft engineers having to fix their own problems with upgrades.
Those updating to the latest KB4524147 have also reported the Start Menu crashing and their PCs not booting up.
This is just one in a long line of problems that have hit this popular software which is now thought to be installed on over 900 million devices.
In a post on its blog, Microsoft said: “Keeping these devices both supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health.
“Based on the large number of devices running the April 2018 Update, that will reach the end of 18 months of service on November 12, 2019, we are starting the update process now for Home and Pro editions to help ensure adequate time for a smooth update process.”
“When Windows 10 devices are at, or within several months of reaching, end of service, Windows Update will begin to automatically initiate a feature update. This keeps those devices supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to device security and ecosystem health.”