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Microsoft's Annoying Windows 10 Update Reminders To Start Again, But Don't Ignore Them Unless You Want Malware

3 July 2017, 9:08 am EDT By Vincent Lanaria Tech Times
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Microsoft is going to start sending reminders to Windows 10 version 1507 users that urge them to upgrade to the latest version, otherwise known as the Creators Update.

No, it's not to annoy you. It's to keep you and your PC safe from malware and the like.

First Windows 10 Version 'End Of Service'

Windows 10 users who have neglected to update their OS versions can expect to see the prompts anytime now.

"Given the Windows 10 Creators Update provides the latest security protections to help keep you safe, we want to help update your device as soon as possible ... If you have not already taken this update, starting this week, we will prompt you to review your privacy settings," Microsoft says.

As for how to go through with the upgrade, it's easy since you'll only need to click on a button. Microsoft also mentions that users can postpone the update up to five times only.

If you're not sure if your machine is up-to-date, you can head on over to the Windows Security page and click on "Verify you're updated." That will determine whether you need to install the Creators Update or not.

Now according to the company, the first Windows 10 version is now at "end of service." Windows 10 version 1507 will still continue to work, but users won't receive monthly updates anymore.

"Windows 10 version 1507 is currently at end of service, which means devices running these operating systems will no longer receive the monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats," Microsoft' support page reads.

Why You Shouldn't Ignore The Windows 10 Update Reminders

Recently, various malware has been spreading online through outdated Windows versions, namely the notorious ransomware WannaCry and Petya.

As is the nature of ransomware, users hit by it will have their files encrypted, and they'll have to fork over some cash to unlock and gain access to them again.

For instance, Petya victims will see this message prompt:

"Oops, your important files have been encrypted. If you see this text then your files are no longer accessible because they have been encrypted. Perhaps you are busy looking to recover your files but don't waste your time."

Meanwhile, to highlight how far these malicious programs can go, WannaCry forced Honda to shut down one of its plants after the Japanese carmaker discovered that its network was infected.

Put simply, the main reason to install the Windows 10 Creators Update is keep your PC secure from malware. It should also be mentioned that aside from updating your OS, you should also have a strong antivirus program running in the background, just for good measure.

To boil things down, Microsoft wants to make sure that everyone is safe from malware moving forward by prompting users to upgrade from Windows 10 version 1507 to the Creators Update.

Sure, at first glance, it appears that the company is getting a bit pushy with the updates, but it's all for a good reason.

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