Microsoft to update Windows 11 21H2 to Windows 11 22H2 automatically

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 27, 2023
Updated • Jan 27, 2023
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Windows 11 customers who still run the original release version of the operating system, Windows 11 version 21H2,  may have their systems updated automatically to Windows 11 version 22H2 in the coming days and weeks.

Microsoft changed the status of Windows 11 version 21H2 on January 26 to inform customers about the change. The company notes:

"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. Since Windows 10, we have been helping Windows users stay up to date and secure with supported versions of Windows through automatic updates."

The change affects devices running the Windows 11 editions Home and Pro, and only if they are not managed. Microsoft configured the updates to happen to the oldest Windows 11 systems first. The gradual rollout of automatic updates happens over time.

Automatic updates to the latest version of Windows 11 help customers "stay protected and productive" according to Microosft.

Windows 11 administrators may select Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates to find out if a device is ready for the update. If that is the case, Windows 11 version 22H2 may be installed manually at that point.

Safeguard holds may be in place if a device is affected by a known issue. These prevent the automatic installation of the new feature update for Windows 11 on affected devices.

Windows 11 version 21H2 is supported by Microsoft until October 10, 2023. The latest version of the operating system, Windows 11 version 22H2, is supported until October 8, 2024.  End of support means that Microsoft won't release updates, security or otherwise, for the out-of-support version of Windows 11 anymore.

Business and Enterprise versions of Windows are supported for longer. The initial release version is supported until October 8, 2024 in business and enterprise environments.

Windows 11 customers and administrators who do not want the system updated to version 22H2 yet may block the update for the time being. Programs like InControl configure the system to stay on a specific version of the operating system.

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  1. jazzy said on January 28, 2023 at 11:52 am

    Windows 11 help customers “stay protected and productive” according to Microosft.

    so many things you through my head when i read that, but productivity after installing a patch is not one of them. most times they cause plenty of issues for clients (beta testers)

  2. Anonymous said on January 27, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    They’re forcing updates when Windows 11 isn’t even stable yet. What a ridiculous company.

  3. Paul(us) said on January 27, 2023 at 9:31 pm

    Not a preferred setting for me. Is it even legal I wonder? This is because history has proven that it’s never wise to install the latest without any feedback from the user community.
    Martin, do you know if Windows 10 users will also suffer under this new measure?

  4. boris said on January 27, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    Somewhat unrelated. I had enough with Windows Updates. I put a block on updates on my Windows 10. Hell with security updates. I have antivirus. That enough for me.

  5. Leland said on January 27, 2023 at 7:08 pm

    At work we purchased 3 brand new Windows 11 machines from HP and Dell. All 3 started getting BSOD KMODE EXCEPTION errors after updating to 22H2. The only commonality was an Intel Core i7 12th generation processor. I tried updating all drivers, uefi bios, and firmware I could to try to solve the issue. The best I got with 22H2 was a once a day BSOD. It automatically restarted after but sometimes would get stuck on the troubleshooting screen. if you have a 12th gen Intel processor I would use a tool like InControl to keep your system from updating for at least a few more months and I would make an image backup before doing so. Hopefully Intel or Microsoft will fix this issue in the coming months. BTW, the worst of the computers was a 32 inch HP all-in-one machine which at one point was getting a BSOD every hour. I definitely would not recommend this machine to anyone. It also had an overheating problem which likely contributed to the issues.

    1. Anonymous said on January 27, 2023 at 10:05 pm

      Hard to even guess what you problem is without investigation.

      I had a problem with three Dells all wanting a bitlocker key after a monthly update. All three wanted a BIOS update. Two of the three would have updated BIOS relatively recently automatically via Dell update (the other was mine, which I know had run Dell update manually about 2 weeks before the problem). From that I suspect awareness of the issue by Dell and possibly MS after the fact.

      Moral of the story: delay Windows updates by a month and always run Dell update before Windows update.

  6. VioletMoon said on January 27, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    I would recommend not letting this happen: “Users may have their systems updated automatically.”

    Download the ISO from the Adguard site; mount the ISO, and install the update. Relying on MS servers to deliver all the files necessary for updating only results in miserable endings–just my experience.

    Nor would I recommend “blocking” the update/upgrade and/or “ignoring the value of” the update/upgrade to the latest version.

    1. John Wold said on January 27, 2023 at 7:13 pm

      Does the ad-guard site work? It’s been unable to generate download links for Windows ISOs for a couple of months.

      It still works for Office ISOs, and other downloads.

      1. VioletMoon said on January 28, 2023 at 4:03 pm

        Yes, excellent point–couldn’t get it to generate an ISO this morning. Bummer.

        Okay, so I used’s Windows ISO Downloader to generate a RTM Windows 11 ISO moments ago. There is a note on how to generate Windows 11 ISOs. Choose the radio button for Windows 10. The resulting menu includes RTM ISOs for Windows 11–don’t think they are the “latest” versions.

    2. John G. said on January 27, 2023 at 5:58 pm

      @VioletMoon +1

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