The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak turned out to be larger than expected and still continues to evolve. Many countries have now advised their citizens to stay at home. Which resulted in the widespread disruption to business all over the world.
Almost all the businesses based in locked-down regions have now advised their employees to work from home. Its probably one of the reasons that the market share of Windows 10 v1803, 1709 and older versions increased to 5.5%, 1.4%, and 2.2% respectively.
According to AdDuplex, the sudden increase in the usage of older versions is caused by the spike in remote work. Since people are working from home, some of them are booting up their older systems including the original version (Windows 10 v1507 (RTM)).
Upgrade Your Older PCs Now
This means that these machines missed out on all the important security updates for years. Previously, those who attempted to upgrade to the latest version encountered a Windows update error. Machines running Windows 10 versions 1507 (RTM), 1511 had to go through a step by step upgrade process to run Windows 10 v1909.
To address this issue, Microsoft is now making it easier for such users to upgrade their outdated Windows 10 devices. The Redmond giant considered the feedback of a Windows 10 user who reported this issue. Thus, you can now directly upgrade your PCs running Windows 10 v1507 to v1903.
Once the upgrade process is complete, you simply need to install a minor update to switch to Windows 10 v1909. Karl shared a snapshot of the successful upgrade in a tweet:
Great news: My feedback helped to fix #fragmentation
1507 can now receive updates and upgrades. No more blocking error
Thanks for fixing it @WindowsUpdate
One small issue left 1511 / 1607 will not fetch 1903 or 1909 but only 1809
1507 will now be able to fetch 1903 pic.twitter.com/WNmJcaXmyh
— al Qamar (Karl Wester-Ebbinghaus) Ⓥ (@tweet_alqamar) March 28, 2020
However, there is a restriction for Windows 10 v1511 and 1607 PCs, as they can only jump to v1809. A manual installation process is still required to get the latest version.
Even though, this change is only going to affect a subset of the Windows 10 community. Still, it can be a lifesaver for people who were forced to use the older versions amid lockdown. Notably, it was one of the major bugs in the OS that was ignored for years.
Do you think that this move will is really helpful? Sound off in the comments below.