Microsoft forces Windows 11 update, saying it’s for your own good

You will comply.

Windows 11 is about to drag you kicking and screaming into its latest update.

Microsoft is about to drag Windows 11 users kicking and screaming into the 23H2 update when it launches. It’s a strange tactic, given that patches should just be what users want because they’re good. But hey, here we are.

As Microsoft explains on its blog, the 23H2 update is about to roll out. To ensure everyone is on the same page, the company will usher “eligible Windows 11 devices automatically to version 23H2.” Basically, if you’re still running 21H2 or 22H2, then this update is coming for you. Sadly, hiding your PC from Microsoft probably isn’t going to stop it from happening.

While we don’t like the feeling of a gun to our back, Microsoft’s reason is at least somewhat understandable. The brand will stop producing security updates for older versions of Windows 11 following the update. It doesn’t want to leave anyone behind lost in the woods with no compass, tent, or helicopter. After all, who wants to risk their data? To be fair, which is something we always try to be, it’s beneficial for those who forget or don’t regularly update.

When these versions die, as so many versions do, there’ll be no more fixes. If something goes wrong, you’re on your own. Microsoft is probably trying to save itself some hassle by making sure everyone’s on the same wavelength. At the very least, support will be on hand should you encounter any hiccups with 23H2. This isn’t just going to make it easier and more secure, though. Alongside compatibility updates that swat new bugs and viruses, you’ll also get new features.

The article states, “This automatic update targets Windows 11 devices that have reached or are approaching end of servicing and it follows the machine learning-based (ML) training we have utilized so far.” It’s interesting to see how ML has impacted research and development. It’s also refreshing that it’s more helpful here than some of the other uses going on around the internet right now.

The good news is that it’s not forcing anyone onto Windows 11 from other operating systems just yet. It’s not outside of the realm of possibility that that happens at some point, though. We know it’s probably for the best, but also Windows 10 is comfortable at this point.