Earlier today, Microsoft announced that it is rolling out the Windows 10 November 2021 update, also called Windows 10 21H2, to Windows 10 20H2 devices as an exercise to train its Machine Learning (ML)-assisted Windows Update Rollout model. The firm says that the 20H2 PCs that are approaching the end of servicing are the candidates for this forced update to Windows 10 21H2.
We started the first phase in the Windows 10, version 21H2 rollout for machine learning (ML) training. We are targeting devices on Windows 10, version 20H2 that are approaching end of servicing to update automatically to version 21H2. https://t.co/l7RbiFyq3O— Windows Update (@WindowsUpdate) January 20, 2022
For those wondering what this ML Windows Update model is, the company announced it back in 2019 as its "Windows 10 intelligent rollout process" to assist in appropriately rolling out new Windows 10 updates to compatible PCs such that the rollout goes seamlessly without facing hurdles and hiccups. The flowchart below helps explain how Microsoft's ML-assisted intelligent rollout process works. It is powered by Microsoft's very own Azure Databricks engine.
While this model was announced just for Windows 10, we wonder if Microsoft also used something similar for Windows 11 when it decided that more PCs needed to have it sooner.
Additionally, in the linked status page, the Redmond giant has also announced that devices running Windows 10 versions 2004 and higher, will also begin to receive the option for updating to Windows 10 21H2 via the "Check for updates" if users choose to manually do so.