Windows 10 1903 devices force-upgraded to 1909 by Microsoft

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  • Microsoft started to upgrade Windows 10 1903 devices to the 1909 version of the operating system, to prepare for 1903's end of service.
  • Windows 10, version 1903 is about to reach its end of support on December 8, 2020. Windows 10, version 1809, reached its end of service today, November 10, 2020.
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Windows 10 1903 upgrade to 1909

December marks the end of support for Windows 10 version 1903, but Microsoft came prepared. In an attempt to protect potentially-vulnerable devices from security threats, the company will start force-upgrading Windows 10 1903 devices to the newer 1909 version.

Although Microsoft‘s strategy should cover all devices that run 1903, some may skillfully dodge this update, willingly or otherwise. However, the company urges customers who might be running end-of-service versions of the OS to perform the upgrade as soon as possible.

Windows 10 1903 nearing end of service

In a recent announcement on the Microsoft website, the company reminds its customers that Windows 10, version 1903 will soon reach its end of support.

On December 8, 2020, all editions of Windows 10, version 1903 and Windows 10 Server, version 1903 will reach end of service.

In the same manner, Microsoft lets us know that it won’t provide monthly quality and security patches for devices that run the end-of-service editions of the operating system.

Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstation, Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise running on version 1903 are the ones targeted by Microsoft‘s announcement.

Windows 10 1809 reached end of support

As a side note, we want to remind you that today, November 10, 2020, marks the end of service for Windows 10, version 1809. The affected editions are as follows:

  • Windows 10 Home, version 1809
  • Windows 10 Pro, version 1809
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstation, 1809
  • Windows 10 IoT Core, version 1809

If you’re in this situation, it’s highly recommended that you upgrade to a newer version, if you want to keep receiving security, non-security and quality updates on your devices.

Mandatory Windows 10 1909 updates

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Microsoft will attempt to upgrade devices that run Windows 10, version 1903 to the 1909 version automatically, as they explain in the announcement on the Windows message center website.

To keep you protected and productive, we will soon begin updating devices running Windows 10, version 1903 to Windows 10, version 1909. This update will install like a monthly update, resulting in a far faster update experience.

If you discover that your device didn’t receive the forced OS upgrade, you may want to try and apply it by yourself by using the Check for updates function in Windows 10.

Naturally, if you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10 20H2, this whole situation shouldn’t be a concern to you. Unless you’re among the unlucky ones who experience severe issues with 20H2, such as forced reboots or BSODs.


What do you think about Microsoft‘s forced Windows 10 1909 upgrades? Tell us how you prepared for 1903 nearing end of service in the comments section below:

  • I have used computers for many years, before Microsoft ever existed. I have had more problems with Microsoft “upgrades” making working things not work than I ever have had with problems before the “upgrade”. I have been fortunate to use security level “B ” systems before (they have all aged out and are no longer available), THAT DID NOT HAVE THESE KINDS OF SECURITY ISSUES. Sigh.