Microsoft force-updates more devices to Windows 10 version 20H2

If your PC is not yet running a Windows 10 release from 2020, prepare for the incoming forced upgrade. Several days ago, Microsoft quietly notified users about a new rollout phase. Now, the company is forcing the update to Windows 10 20H2 on more computers with older Windows 10 releases.

Windows 10 20h2 October Banner

In order to avoid mass panic and significant issues, Microsoft uses machine learning-based training to determine which computers are compatible with less likely errors or bugs during the update process. Over time, as more devices have been updated to the latest version of Windows 10 and Microsoft gets more data, developers are increasing the OS deployment speed and volume. Still, to ensure a “smooth update experience,” some users may get a new version later than others.


Forced update policy applies only to those running Windows 10 versions coming closer to the end of service, such as Windows 10 1809 and 1909. You can check your Windows 10 version using the winver command in the Run dialog. All the information about Windows 10 releases and their end-of-service dates is available in the official documentation from Microsoft. If you are on Windows 10 version 2004, there is nothing to worry about. Microsoft allows you to stay on the current release as long as it gets active support.

If you are about to install Windows 10 version 20H2 right now, you can find what's new in this Windows version here:

What's new in Windows 10 Version 20H2

Do note that Microsoft still rolls out new updates with caution. The company tracks known issues and blocks the affected devices from getting the latest release. If your PC runs an older Windows 10 version but the Windows Update still does not offer a newer version, be sure to check this status page. Perhaps, you will find there a bug that affects your machine. Besides the list of issues, Microsoft also provides extra details for each problem, and possible workarounds (where available).

Those who do not want to wait for a new version to arrive can check for updates manually. If there are no compatibility problems, Windows will offer to install the latest feature update. This is what Microsoft calls the "seeker" experience.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

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