Even though we’re months away from the end of Windows 11 21H1, Microsoft began the automatic rollout of Windows 11 22H2 to eligible devices now.
This is a regular practice Microsoft does to keep the systems in its ecosystem updated and immune to cyberattacks. While it’s pushing the update gradually, interested users can download this manually from the Windows Update center.
Windows 11 22H2 Automatic Rollout
Every Windows version that Microsoft launches has a fixed period of service, where the company ceases to push updates after the end date.
And with Windows 11 21H2 (released in the second half of 2021) nearing the end of the support period on October 10th, 2023, Microsoft started force upgrading these systems to a later version – which is Windows 11 22H2.
This has been a regular practice from the company since Windows 10, where it does to protect the systems running its Windows OS from cyber threats. Systems running on unsupported versions are prone to a number of online risks, endangering the privacy and security of users.
“Today, we begin to automatically update consumer and non-managed business devices running Windows 11, version 21H2 Home and Pro editions to Windows 11, version 22H2.”
Microsoft also said it might place a safeguard hold on systems if they deem incompatible with the update. Currently, the only catch for installing Windows 11 – after the hardware requirement – is only the Intel Smart Sound Technology (Intel SST) issue.
Limited to certain devices running on specific driver versions of Intel chips, this issue can trigger blue screens of death (BSODs) – researchers warned. Although it’s limited to Intel 11th Gen Core processors, Intel has promptly released updated drivers to solve this issue.
If you’re blocked by this, Microsoft recommends updating your Intel SST drivers to version 10.30.00.5714 and later or 10.29.00.5714 and later. Even then, the company can take up to 48 hours to check and pass the Windows 11 and 22H2 updates.