I’ve been writing about the end of support for Windows 7 (January 2020) for a while now, but before that happens, Microsoft are going to end support for Windows 10 version 1803, which was released in April 2018. Apparently they’ve learned their lesson with the significant numbers of update-reluctant Users and are now just going to force the issue in a timely manner rather than relying on Users to update voluntarily.
Here is the release from Microsoft:
The Windows 10 April 2018 Update will reach end of service on November 12, 2019 for Home and Pro editions. 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.
It’s a contentious issue. On the one hand, having purchased a device, Users should surely have some say over changes to it. However from Microsoft’s point of view, the constant hesitation to update is leaving their environment vulnerable to ever evolving security threats, rendering them unable to protect said devices as they would like to, and perhaps more importantly, as they claim to be able to do. Gaping security holes in their products in the long term are hardly an advertisement for those products. The problem of course is that the range of programs Users have interacting with Windows is so vast that every update invariably leads to some issues for some Users. This is why Apple have their operating systems locked down so hard, and insist on producing or approving all applications that are to interact with it, which is why Apple appears to be so reliable. Microsoft gives Users a lot more freedom but they are going to insist on updates, whether we like it or not.
Since 1803 was released there have been two more updates, 1809 and 1903. You can check which you’re on by typing winver into the search bar on your task bar (bottom left). And you can check whether your computer is due for any updates by typing windows update into the same search bar. Then click on Check for Updates. If you have updates pending, choose a period of time in which you won’t need your computer for a while, make sure your hard drive has some space, and go for gold. Most machines will carry out these updates with no issues but if you experience any problems, please bring it in to us. You’re much better off doing these updates now rather than waiting for Microsoft to set them going automatically at some inconvenient time – and they have already started rolling this out.
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