Microsoft wants all Windows 10 users to be up to date and running the latest release versions of the platform. However, the company employs a staged roll out for major updates. For example, the Creators Update has spread to the majority of Windows 10 users, but many are still waiting for it to drop.
John Cable, director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, says that Microsoft is now taking steps to ensure all users are up to date.
He says users running older Windows 10 versions will start receiving prompts to upgrade to the latest version. These prompts will tell users to review their privacy settings to be able to upgrade to Creators Update through Windows Update.
However, to clarify what this means, this is not a prompt for the feature update. The Creators Update is still rolling out in stages and some users are not yet eligible. Instead, these prompts are for users to review their security in preparation for when their machine is eligible.
I guess a lot of users will not welcome this spamming from the company. The simple truth is, some Windows 10 users want to stay on older builds, for varying reasons.
Microsoft obviously wants as many people as possible on newer builds. The company argues that upgrading ensures security is maintained. With Windows 10 Creators Update, users get the latest security features for the platform.
Cable points out that the first Windows 10 build is coming to end of service. He warns users holding on to that release to move on or risk a vulnerable build:
“As a reminder, the first version of Windows 10 is at end-of-service. While you can continue to use this version and your computer will still work, you will no longer receive the monthly quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats.”
Unfortunately, Spamming seems to be the right word for the prompts. Microsoft says the message will appear and continue to do so until the user upgrades. It is possible to postpone the prompt for five cycles before it returns.