• A new KB 4023814 — More evidence that the forced push to 1809 is upon us

    On Dec. 24, while you were all snug in your bed with visions of sugarplums delivering forced upgrades in your head….

    Microsoft updated a KB article, KB 4023814, which should add to your general forced-upgrade paranoia. The KB article describes a scenario where Windows Update shows this dialog box

    and presumably politely waits for a reply, before installing Win10 1809. That isn’t what the sample dialog box says, but it is what the KB article says.

    If you’re currently running Windows 10 version 1507, version 1511, version 1607, version 1703 or version 1709, your computer detects the Windows 10 Update Assistant automatically. Then, you can expect to receive a notification that states that your device must have the latest security updates installed and then initiates an attempt to update your device.

    Of course, the update would be to version 1809.

    How does it work, exactly? Microsoft hasn’t told us, although the KB article includes a detailed multi-step procedure for avoiding the prompt.

    @abbodi86 played Grinch with his observation:

    This process would bypass Windows Update settings and install 1809 without having to “Check for updates.” Not sure if it will always show a prompt or not.

    Microsoft’s timing couldn’t be better. Forced 1809 upgrades over Christmas — possibly with no warning.

    Unless you want to be pushed to 1809 on Microsoft’s schedule, block it. Block it good.