Microsoft’s trend of aggressively pushing its updates onto Windows users is now common knowledge. The company tried to tone it down a bit in the recent past, but has now announced that all Windows 10 first version users must update to the latest version as soon as possible. Of course, this time, it's reason to push the updates is much more noble - user safety. To help users make this transition, Microsoft will send out notifications to users of the first version of Windows 10, recommending they install the Windows 10 Creators Update, as it’s the end of service for the first version.
End of service means that users with Windows 10 version 1507 will no longer receive security patches - part of the monthly 'quality' updates issued by the company - in the future. Microsoft wants everyone to get onto the latest version as it also brings bunch of security fixes with each update, helping PCs and laptops get more secure and less prone to malware attacks.
If Microsoft notices that you’re on the first version, it will send you notification alerting you to install the Creators update. This prompt won’t force you to install the update, but will only display a convenient button for updating to the latest 'feature' update - the Windows 10 Creators Update. There will also be another prompt to alert you to review your privacy settings. You can choose to postpone this process up to five times with the next prompt asking for confirmation of your privacy settings.
“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. To remain secure your device should be updated to the latest feature update. We will start sending a notification if your device needs to be updated to the latest feature update,” the company elaborates on its blog.
In a time when attacks are ever evolving, regular security patches have become the need of the hour, and is recommended for all users. Even though constant poking to upgrade to a newer version may be inconvenient, chances are you won’t feel a drastic change in overall user experience if you are already on Windows 10.