Does Windows 10 V1803 Home/Pro still get updates?

[German]Strange story told to me by a blog reader. Although Windows 10 version 1803 was dropped from support on November 12, 20918 for Home and Pro, he still get cumulative updates. Addendum: Got feedback from several users, that Windows 10 verison 1803 Home/Pro systems still receive updates.


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Windows 10 V1803 End of Support

Microsoft only grants 18 months of updates for the Home and Pro versions of Windows 10. Microsoft maintains a table on this page that shows when older Windows 10 builds reach the end of life.

Windows 10 End of Life
(Source: Microsoft)

According to the table above, Windows 10 version 1803 in the following variants reached the end of support already on November 12, 2019:

  • Windows 10, version 1803, Home
  • Windows 10, version 1803, Pro
  • Windows 10, version 1803, Pro for Workstations
  • Windows 10, version 1803, IoT Core

This was also communicated again in this document by Microsoft. The page was last updated on February 6, 2020 – and you will learn there that Windows 10 Version 1803 Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise will receive security updates until November 2020. And there’s the post Windows 10: force upgrade to V1803 and EOL notification from October 2019 that Windows 10 version 1803 is threatened with forced upgrade (my test machine was updated to Windows 10 version 1903).

A user still gets updates

At the end of February 2020 blog reader Stoyan Stoyanov from Bulgaria contacted me by e-mail.  He wrote me:


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I want to share something interesting with you.

I am using Windows 10 pro v1803 on HP Probook 645G2 and although this version is out of support i am still getting monthly updates. I am sending real screenshots.

Can you explain me why is this happening?

So he still gets monthly updates for a Windows 10 Pro version 1803 on an HP device, although the support has long since expired. As proof he sent me some screenshots.

Windows 10 V1803: Update settings & Lizense details
(Update-Einstellungen und Lizenzdaten, Zum Vergrößern klicken)

In the screenshot above he has shown the update settings for Windows 10 Pro V1803. The installation of function updates is reset for one year and updates are suspended for 3 days. In the lower right corner the data of the software license service is still displayed. It is an OEM version of Windows 10 Pro with the build number 17134.1067, activated by a single key.

Windows 10 V1803: Updates Feb. 2020
(Click to zoom)

In the screenshot above, he is offered the cumulative update KB4537762 for Windows 10 version 1803 on 27.2.2020, which raises the build to 17134.1304. In the KB article Microsoft points out that this version has reached its EOL:

The service for Windows 10 version 1803 (April 2018 Update) Home Edition and Pro Edition has expired. For devices that are running Windows 10, when the service expires or will expire in the next few months, Windows Update automatically starts a feature update (users can choose a convenient time). This will keep these devices supported and provide the monthly updates that are important to device security and ecosystem integrity.

The following screenshot shows updates still pending for Windows 10 version 1803, with a new build number 17334.1246 in the lower right corner.


(Updated Windows 10 V1803, click to zoom Zum Vergrößern klicken)

So the machine was provided with updates. Therefore at this point the question: Has anyone else had this experience? Do any of you have an explanation for this behavior?

Addenum: Had feedback from several German users in enterprise environments, running Windows 10 Pro V1803 and confirming that they receive updates via WSUS for thouse machines, that has been installed without issues. Even, if the machines are not Enterprise SKUs.

Similar articles:
Windows 10 V1803 threatens a forced update as of July 2019
Windows 10 V1803: Force update to V1903 – Part 1
Windows 10 up to V1803: Details for Upgrade to V1903  – Part 2
Windows 10 V1803 will be updated to Version 1903
Windows 10: force upgrade to V1803 and EOL notification


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4 Responses to Does Windows 10 V1803 Home/Pro still get updates?

  1. EP says:

    I suspect that MS has not issued a new servicing stack update for v1803 since the KB4523203 update was released back on Nov. 12, 2019 and is almost 4 months old. that old 4523203 SSU seems to allow newer cumulative updates (CUs) like KB4537762 & possibly KB4537795 to install on v1803 Pro (and possibly 1803 Home) edition. MS has not yet issued a newer SSU that would block the install of newer CUs on 1803 Home/Pro and only would allow install of newer CUs on 1803 enterprise/education

    • EP says:

      guenni

      I think this blog should be renamed to “Does Windows 10 V1803 Home & Pro still get updates?”

      because I tested installing the KB4537795 update onto a Win10 v1803 home system and that update went through without fail. And the KB4523203 servicing stack update from Nov. 2019 seems to allow installation of newer cumulative updates from Dec. 2019 onward, regardless of the 1803 edition that was installed

      see this pic as proof (a winver.exe screenshot of 1803 home with build 17134.1345):
      https://ibb.co/HTmW396

      • guenni says:

        Interesting – till now I had only proof for Pro. Thanks for your feedback – have updated both (En, Ger) posts.

  2. EP says:

    guenni

    new security updates for 1803 came out patch Tuesday 3/10 such as the KB4540689 update.

    It looks like Microsoft finally blocked these new March 2020 updates on home & pro editions of 1803.

    The KB4540689 cumulative update will only install on enterprise & education editions of 1803 and will show “this update is not applicable to your computer” message when attempting to manually install that update on the 1803 home and/or pro editions as I have tested & confirmed this myself. It appears that KB4537795 is the last update that 1803 home & pro users can install.

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