Windows 10 version 1809 Home and Pro hit “End of Service” on Nov. 10. But users on version 1809 have been reporting for more than a month that they’re getting pushed onto Win10 version 2004. 

This is a hard push – there’s no “Download and install” invitation (see screenshot below). You wake up one morning, your version 1809 machine takes forever to get started, and surprise! it wakes up running Win10 version 2004.

Windows download and install 2004 Microsoft

It isn’t a bug. Microsoft has said that it intends to roll out Win10 version 2004 this way. Here’s the official notification on the Windows Release Information Status page:

We are now starting a new phase in our rollout. Using the machine learning-based (ML-based) training we have done so far, we are increasing the number of devices selected to update automatically to Windows 10, version 2004 that are approaching end of service. We will continue to train our machine learning through all phases to intelligently rollout new versions of Windows 10 and deliver a smooth update experience.

I’ll refrain from making a snide comment about the efficacy of Microsoft’s “ML-based” rollout routines.

It may seem a bit draconian that Microsoft is pushing 1809 customers onto 2004 while 1809’s still officially in support for another four months. But that’s the way it’s been for the past several versions. “End of Service” means that Microsoft stops issuing security patches, not that you can continue to use the product until the cutoff date. 

If you think you’re getting 18 months of support for a new version of Windows, it doesn’t work out that way. The patches will continue – but your machine will likely get pushed after 14 months. 

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