Microsoft is killing off Windows 10 1809 in May 2020 - What you need to do...

Microsoft has now officially announced that it is ending support for Windows 10 1809, also known as the October 2018 Update, on 12th May 2020.

Windows 10 1809 was a bit of a notorious update, as even though it went by the name October 2018 Update, it ended up being delayed until the end of 2018 – and even when it did finally launch, it was plagued by problems.

These included driver issues and problems with Intel processors, and in some cases files were deleted after the update was installed.

So, many will be rightly glad to see the back of Windows 10 1809, and while most people ended up skipping the update altogether, it seems there are still users that have stuck with the update.

And now, Microsoft has officially stated that as of 12th May 2020 all versions of Windows 10 1809 (so, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro for Education, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations and Windows 10 IoT Core) will “no longer receive security updates”, effectively killing off the Windows 10 October 2018 update for good.

What you should do

If you’re still running Windows 10 1809, this is for you.

While Microsoft is planning to force an update on Windows 10 1809 users before May, we recommend updating manually – that way you are performing the update on your terms, and it allows you to prepare your device before you upgrade.

As always, you should back up your important files and documents before you update Windows 10. While the update process should go smoothly, there’s always a chance something goes wrong, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

Once you’ve backed up, use the search box in the taskbar to search for ‘Windows Update’. From the screen that appears, you’ll be able to see if there are any updates waiting to be installed.

You can also search for new updates, and once Windows 10 has found a newer version, it will give you the option to download the update and install it.

Once that’s done, Windows 10 1809 will just be a distant memory…