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Microsoft is starting to force-update Windows 10 machines from version 1803 to 1903

By Polycount ยท 59 replies
Jul 17, 2019
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  1. Microsoft has been known to force its Windows 10 users to update their machines; much to the chagrin of many customers. Though Microsoft's Windows 10 updates are usually fine and relatively stable, they do sometimes bring sweeping changes that can frustrate users or even cause performance issues and outright data loss.

    With this volatility and unpredictability in mind, it's perhaps understandable that many users would try to avoid updating their machines for as long as possible. For several individuals, that means sticking to Windows 10's 1803 update, which came out around mid-2018.

    Unfortunately for those folks, Microsoft has had enough of their reluctance to update and has opted to take matters into its own hands. Starting now, the tech giant will be force-updating computers running Windows 10 version 1803 to the latest version of the OS, which is the Windows 10 May 2019 update (version 1903). Microsoft says its reasoning primarily stems from a desire to keep user systems secure.

    "Keeping these devices both supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device security and ecosystem health," the tech giant wrote in a support article announcement. "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."

    Though some users will undoubtedly feel they know their machines and their potential security risks better than Microsoft does, there is no clear way to opt-out of this update -- short of using software like ShutUp10 to disable the functionality entirely (which can carry its own risks).

    The good news is, Windows 10 version 1903 seems to be relatively stable so far and perhaps a bit ironically, it even includes some helpful new update control features. For example, the ability to "defer" updates was once a Pro-exclusive option, but all May 2019 update users will be able to utilize a similar functionality now. Specifically, Windows 10 version 1903 lets you push updates back up to 5 times, for 5 days each (up to 35 days in total).

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  2. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Maniac Posts: 371   +208

    Anyone know a guide for disabling all the recent mitigations? Spectre/Meltdown etc.
     
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  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 523   +468

    "You will be assimilated, resistance is futile"
     
  4. poohbear

    poohbear TS Maniac Posts: 308   +213

    Im still on 1809, I have yet to see a prompt to update to 1903 in windows update. I built my own system so...maybe that's why? It doesn't recognize it as any of the OEMs
     
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  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,504   +5,067

    "The good news is, Windows 10 version 1903 seems to be relatively stable so far and perhaps a bit ironically, it even includes some helpful new update control features."

    What about the USB installation? Does the media still refuse to install with USB devices connected? I have avoided trying because I don't want the headache.
     
  6. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 4,083   +3,629

    I had the same problem, you have to use the windows upgrade assistant. 1809 was causing random crashes every 2 weeks for me that the update fixed.
     
  7. JJ Jettflow

    JJ Jettflow TS Rookie

    I recently installed from a USB and found that you must be plugged into a USB 2, not 3 port. After that, it was smooth sailing.
     
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  8. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,610   +595

    That's around the time a windows 7 update nearly caused me to completely reinstall windows 7 on 2 computers. It was the update that broke under avg, avira etc. Lazisoft saved me from a windows reinstall. My updates are still broken on 2 machines.

    I go to update, update fails, my cpu hits 100% until I fix it with lazesoft (permanent fix) or end windows update software through command prompt.(works until I reboot) My updates are not set to automatic, I spent to many hours trying to f with it. Reinstalling windows a few times a year is a pain in the ***!

    I can't wait for a decent OS to replace windows. The only reason most people stick with it is because some programs do not work without it.
     
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  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,504   +5,067

    This can not be emphasized enough. Because Microsoft simply will not hear it. You could stamp it on their forehead with a brick bat and they would never know.
     
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  10. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +153

    So far no problems with windows update.
     
  11. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

    From my experience, ShutUp10 just does not work on 10 home. Others have discovered this, too. The only thing that I have seen work reliably is on Pro with the group policy editor. I wrote this from a 10 Pro computer where I disabled updates with the Group Policy Editor, and according to Winver, its version 1703.

    I have 10 home on my laptop. I only use it at home. I turned off updates with ShutUp10 and then used it on public WiFi. The next time I turned it on at home, it started updating - and I restored an image backup with a giant middle finger raised toward Redmond, WA.

    This particular PC is never connected to my home network, and I have installed Linux for when I need to use it on public WiFi.

    As I see it, this guise of security is a bunch of crap. The only thing that M$ is interested in doing is finding more ways to spy and monetize the resulting data.
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
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  12. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,865   +695

    why you make fun of disease...this article has nothing to do with disease
     
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  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,504   +5,067

    I'm tempted to disagree with you on that point.
     
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  14. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 737   +293

    It ain't ever gonna happen, just get on board or move on to MacOS/Linux.
     
  15. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 737   +293

    Every company spys and all try to find ways to monetize. Apple, Google and MS all do these things. There isn't one of them that doesn't.
     
  16. Rightwingnutjob

    Rightwingnutjob TS Rookie

    Thankfully, I haven't gotten past 1709.
     
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  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,504   +5,067

    We feel the same way with all the Hillarystains.
     
    Theinsanegamer likes this.
  18. Rightwingnutjob

    Rightwingnutjob TS Rookie

    Not a Hillary fan, but at least she has the vocabulary of a College grad. Trump has the vocabulary of a 5th grader, and I'm probably being generous. But hey, what would we want an intelligent President for anyway?
     
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  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,504   +5,067

    So you don't care if someone screws us over as long as they intelligently do so.
     
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  20. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

    Thanks for the enlightening information. I never would have known without this informative post. ;)
     
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  21. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

    Why you post deleted?
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
  22. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 4,119   +2,406

  23. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,072   +4,080

    I just got back from surfing porn on my XP box. Bring me up to speed here, who's winning, M$ or the Thralls? :laughing:
     
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,504   +5,067

    From one thrall to another, this is not our year.
     
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  25. DukeJukem

    DukeJukem TS Booster Posts: 99   +54

    Or you can just boot into safe mode under the built in admin account, take permission for said registry keys if need be and simply set the windows update services etc to 4 and goodbye windows update. on top of this you can run third party programs to help disable all of their garbage as well. I'll literally never be forced to install an update if I don't want to. try me microsoft. by the way. windows defender is the reason you can't disable a bunch of **** in windows 10. so you might want to turn that heaping pile of trash off too. get out of my face.
     

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