Microsoft starts forcing Windows 10 21H2 to be installed on more PCs

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta January 21, 2022
Updated 2022/01/21 at 4:57 PM

Microsoft confirmed via the official Windows Update Twitter account that it has begun force-installing Windows 10 21H2 on more PCs with versions of Windows that are nearing the end of their lifecycle. The company says it’s doing this as a way to train its machine learning model.

Windows 10 21H2 or Windows 10 November 2021 Update was released last November with little news for home users. The update focused mainly on bug fixes, adjustments and optimizations brought some new features aimed at using the operating system in corporate environments, such as support for WPA3 H2E (Hash-to-Element) wireless network security standards and improvements in Windows Hello for Business with a focus on support for simplified passwordless deployment models, for example.

Until now, Windows 10 users could obtain version 21H2 via Windows Update by manually looking for updates, but now Microsoft will automatically start offering the update to users on Windows 10 PCs near the end of their lifecycle using a machine learning just like she had done with some previous versions of Windows 10.

Microsoft starts forcing Windows 10 21H2 to be installed on more PCs
Windows 10 21H2
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“We have started the first phase of our machine learning (ML) training, targeting Windows 10 20H2 devices to automatically upgrade them to Windows 10 21H2. We will continue to train our machine learning model through all phases to launch intelligently. new versions of Windows 10 and provide a smoother update experience for users”, Microsoft said in its tweet.

According to announcement on Microsoft support site, PC users running Windows 10 20H2 in Home, Pro, Education, and Pro for Workstations editions will begin to automatically upgrade to Windows 10 21H2 in the corresponding edition in the coming weeks/months. The Windows 10 20H2 lifecycle should end on May 10th.


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Source: BleepingComputer, Microsoft (Twitter)

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