Are you on Windows 10? Microsoft will force you to upgrade to Windows 11

PCs running Windows 10 with a compatible configuration have received an update where Microsoft strongly encourages them to upgrade their machine to Windows 11.

Microsoft wants you to update your computer with Windows 11 at all costs. The latest example is an update offered to users under Windows 10. Namely, they have been offered a new update, labeled KB5020683, which, when applied, offers a new OOBE (Out of the Box Experience) screen.

These are a series of screens that appear when the PC starts up and generally require you to perform certain tasks, such as accepting license agreements, connecting your PC to the Internet, or even connecting your Microsoft ID.

An update to get an upgrade

But this time the OOBE screen is a bit special. Microsoft has actually chosen to display several pages there to present Windows 11 and invite you to download and install (for free) the new version of its operating system.

“On November 30, 2022, an out-of-band update was released to improve the Out of box experience (OOBE) for Windows 10, version 2004, 20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2. It allows eligible devices to upgrade to Windows 11 as part of the OOBE process. This update will only be available when an OOBE update is installed. » explains Microsoft on the support page for its update.

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For this update to be offered to you, your machine must be running the Home or Professional versions of Windows 10 version 2004, 20H2, 21H1, 21H2 or 22H2. Above all, you must have a computer that is eligible to install Windows 11. In other words, your PC running Windows 10 must have a configuration that meets the criteria that Microsoft requires for installing Windows 11. If your machine does not it does not send an 8 processore generation at least, does not have a TPM 2.0 module and is not compatible with Secure Boot, you should avoid it.

After installing the KB5020683 update, upon restarting the PC, the OOBE screenshots will appear and offer you to download in the Windows 11 box to upgrade your computer.

Upgrade to Windows 11 before support for older versions of Windows ends

Why on Earth would Microsoft absolutely want you to upgrade to Windows 11? Quite simply, to prepare for the upcoming end of support for Windows 10. The operating system, released in 2015, will officially no longer be supported from October 14, 2025. This means that from this date Microsoft will no longer offer any updates to operating system. But before that, another version of Windows will bow. On January 10th, Microsoft will officially stop supporting Windows 8/8.1.

If you are one of the last users still using this operating system, you have only a few weeks left to upgrade your PC to Windows 10, or to invest in a new machine with the sufficient configuration to install Windows 11 .

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