Microsoft is forcibly upgrading some Windows 10 PCs

It’s of course no secret that Microsoft would like as many people as possible to use Windows 11. While it may not be realistic for the company to expect all users many computers – or even all Windows users, for that matter – install the latest version of the operating system, it can at least guarantee that it minimizes the number of systems running unsupported versions of Windows.

And this is precisely what happens with the machines on which Windows 10 2004 is currently installed. Microsoft is automatically (or forcibly, depending on your perspective) upgrading these computers to Windows 10 21H2. And next in the company’s sights are people who are still using Windows 10 20H2.

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Windows 10 2004 reached end of support in December, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Microsoft has now rolled out automatic upgrades. What’s perhaps surprising is how efficiently the company has started upgrading eligible machines. This is also something that will concern anyone who has decided to stick with an older version of Windows 10 for a very specific reason.

Late last week, Microsoft took to Twitter to announce the targeted rollout of Windows 10 21H2:

The linked document includes the following note:

Windows 10, version 21H2 is available to users of select devices running Windows 10, versions 2004 and above who manually attempt to “check for updates” through Windows Update. Devices currently running Windows 10, version 2004 or newer will have a quick installation experience as the update will install as a monthly update.

With Windows 10 20H2 reaching end of servicing in a few months, anyone running this version of the operating system can expect an upgrade to roll out before long, as Microsoft explains.

We also launched the first phase of our Machine Learning (ML) training rollout, targeting devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 that are nearing the end of servicing to automatically update to Windows 10, version 21H2. We will continue to train our machine learning model at all phases to intelligently deploy new versions of Windows 10 and provide a smooth update experience.

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