Upcoming Windows 10 Update and Further Windows 11 Upgrade Promotion

Upcoming Windows 10 Update Introduces Windows Spotlight, Lock Screen Enhancements, and Further Windows 11 Upgrade Promotion

Microsoft has unveiled a new update through the Windows 10 Release Preview channel. This update, identified as KB5035941, is currently undergoing testing and will soon be available to the broader Windows 10 user base.

Upcoming Windows 10 Update and Further Windows 11 Upgrade Promotion

Unlike typical updates primarily focused on security fixes and bug repairs, this update brings forth a range of new features and alterations to the Windows 10 system, along with another initiative to encourage users to transition to Windows 11.

The release announcement was made on the official Windows Insider blog.

Enhancements to Windows Spotlight and Lock Screen

Windows 10 lock screen

Among the key updates included in this release is the introduction of new content for both the desktop and lock screen. Firstly, it introduces support for Windows Spotlight for desktop backgrounds. While Windows 10 users currently have the option to set their desktop background as a picture, solid color, or slideshow, Windows Spotlight adds a dynamic element to this by regularly switching wallpapers using images provided by Microsoft. This brings Windows 10's functionality closer to that of Windows 11.

To enable this feature, users can navigate to Settings > Personalization > Background > Personalize your background > Windows Spotlight. Alternatively, right-clicking on the desktop and selecting "personalize" from the menu will take users directly to this preference.

Additionally, the lock screen receives an infusion of content, including weather, sports, traffic, and finance updates. Users will need to explicitly enable this feature under Settings > Personalization > Lock screen.

Currently, users have the option to change the lock screen background and select an app to display detailed information on the lock screen, along with several apps for quick status updates.

Another Windows 11 Upgrade Opportunity

Microsoft is resorting to pop-ups again to tell Windows 10 users to upgrade

Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to prompt Windows 10 users to upgrade to Windows 11. With the end of support for Windows 10 approaching, Microsoft aims to transition as many devices as possible to its Windows 11 platform.

While many devices are ineligible for the upgrade due to Microsoft's revised system requirements for Windows 11, there remains a significant number of PCs that meet the requirements but have not yet made the transition.

Microsoft has not disclosed the exact method through which this upgrade offer is presented to users, stating only that users "might see a message that invites you to upgrade to Windows 11" upon signing in. This could involve a repeat of the fullscreen Windows 11 upgrade popup shown in February 2024 or a different approach.

Various iterations of the upgrade offer for Windows 10 have been rolled out, with recent ones employing a dark design pattern to emphasize the importance of upgrading the operating system.

Users of Windows 10 may extend support until 2025, albeit likely at an additional cost, although specific details have not yet been revealed by Microsoft.

Closing Thoughts

As with all Microsoft updates, these changes will be gradually rolled out to user devices, which may take weeks or even months to reach all systems.

Now Over to You: Windows 10, Windows 11, or another operating system? Which do you prefer?

Q: How can I stop Windows 10 from prompting to upgrade to Windows 11?

A: To prevent Windows 10 from prompting you to upgrade to Windows 11, follow these steps: Press "Win+R" to open the Run window, type "services.msc," and hit Enter. Navigate to the "Windows Update" option, right-click it, and select the "Stop" button. Then, double-click the "Windows Update" option and set its "Startup Type" as "Disabled."

Q: What happens to Windows 10 when you upgrade to Windows 11?

A: When upgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 11, your data and apps remain unaffected. However, it's advisable to check for compatibility issues or updates for your games after the upgrade.

Q: How do I get rid of the Windows 11 upgrade screen?

A: You can remove the Windows 11 upgrade screen by following these simple steps: Press "Win+R" to open the Run window, then type "services.msc." Locate and select the "Windows Update" option from the list, click "Stop," and change the "Startup Type" to "Disabled" in the "General" tab.

Q: Can I replace Windows 11 with Windows 10?

A: Yes, you can downgrade from Windows 11 to Windows 10 within 10 days of upgrading. However, this process involves performing a clean install of Windows 10.

Q: How do I get rid of the Windows 11 offer?

A: You can remove the Windows 11 offer from the Windows 10 update section by opening the Control Panel, selecting Programs and Features, choosing "View installed updates," finding a Windows 11-related update, right-clicking it, and selecting Uninstall.

Q: What happens if I refuse to upgrade to Windows 11?

A: Windows 10 will continue to be supported by Microsoft until October 2025, so refusing to upgrade to Windows 11 won't render Windows 10 inoperative. Users have two years to continue using Windows 10 before official support ends.