Microsoft planning Windows 10 2004 rollout for devices near EoS

Microsoft planning Windows 10 2004 rollout for devices near EoS

Microsoft is currently preparing a Windows 10, version 2004 forced rollout to devices running Windows 10 versions approaching end of service (EOS) using a machine learning-based rollout process.

“Today we are slowly beginning the training of our machine learning (ML) based process used to intelligently select and automatically update devices approaching end of service to Windows 10, version 2004,” tweeted today.

The same message was added to the Windows 10 2004 Health Dashboard to let customers keeping track of known issues affecting the May 2020 Update and compatibility holds that an autoupdate will be initiated for devices who are nearing their end of service.

At the moment, according to the Windows lifecycle fact sheet, devices running Windows 10, version 1903 (reaching EOS on December 8) and Windows 10, version 1809 (reaching EOS on November 10, delayed from May 12) are the ones that should get automatically upgraded in the coming months.

According to previous automated feature update rollouts, Microsoft is preparing automatically initiate a feature update to make sure that it can continue to service these devices, as well as to provide them with the latest updates, security updates, and improvements

Microsoft is usually “starting this machine learning (ML)-based rollout process several months in advance of the end of service date to provide adequate time for a smooth update process,” as Windows Servicing and Delivery Director of Program Management John Cable said last year.

One year ago, Microsoft was preparing to automatically install Windows 10, version 1903 on devices running Windows 10 version 1803 and earlier using the same ML-based rollout process.

On May 27, 2020, Redmond announced that Windows 10, version 2004 (also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update) was available to all seekers (customers who manually “Check for updates” via Windows Update).

Of course, this phased approach comes with a small caveat: devices with compatibility issues are still blocked from applying the May 2020 Update, with safeguard holds being set in place by Microsoft to prevent incompatible computers from installing the update.

Microsoft also started notifying users via Windows Update if their devices are blocked from upgrading due to a compatibility hold on earlier this month.

Windows Update compatibility hold notification
Windows Update compatibility hold notification

Right now, there are eight Windows 10, version 2004 update blocks in place preventing users from upgrading:

• Difficulty connecting to more than one Bluetooth device
• Errors or issues during or after updating devices with Conexant ISST audio drivers
• Errors or issues during or after updating devices with certain Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers
• Variable refresh rate not working as expected on devices with Intel GPUs
• Stop error with a blue screen when plugging or unplugging a Thunderbolt dock
• Errors or unexpected restarts for some devices using Always On, Always Connected
• Issues updating or starting up devices when aksfridge.sys or aksdf.sys is present
• Issue with older drivers for Nvidia display adapters (GPU)

Customers can troubleshoot problems while updating Windows 10 and can go through this guided walk-through for fixing errors.

Source: BleepingComputer

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