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Microsoft Reportedly Forcing Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1709 on Some PCs


Admin & Security Team
Feb 19, 2010
Midlands, UK
PC Experience
Very Experienced
Report indicates this happens even with Windows Update turned off, without users being asked for authorization

Back in 2015 when it rolled out Windows 10, Microsoft turned to a rather aggressive strategy to boost adoption of the operating system, including what were described as forced upgrades that deployed the new software on a number of PCs without users giving their consent.

This reportedly happens once again, only that systems running older versions of Windows 10 are upgraded to version 1709 (Fall Creators Update), in some cases even if Windows Update is turned off.

A story from CW citing a number of user reports indicates that the upgrade is started with “no advanced warning,” adding that the alleged forced upgrade took place on computers running Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) and Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703).

If Windows Update is turned off, which means that updates are automatically blocked on a specific computer, the upgrade is said to be performed with the Update Assistant.

Upgrade notifications

Oddly enough, Microsoft has published an advisory on March 5 which indicates that computers running Windows 10 versions older than Creators Update might see a notification stating that the latest security updates are not installed.

While an upgrade to Fall Creators Update shouldn’t be linked to security updates, Microsoft does state that “Windows Update will then try to update the device,” but guarantees that when you receive the update notification, nothing starts until the user clicks the “Update now” button to update the device.

Windows 10 Anniversary Update and Creators Update are still supported, which means that Microsoft is still shipping security updates to systems running any of these two versions.
The original version of the OS and version 1511, however, have already reached end of service, and Microsoft emphasizes that it’s critical for these computers to upgrade to the latest Windows 10 release.

Upgrading these systems without users’ consent, however, is a strategy that has already backfired for Microsoft, as the company has been sued in the past by customers whose computers installed Windows 10 without authorization.

Microsoft Reportedly Forcing Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 1709 on Some PCs