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July 11, 2020

WU Offers 2004 to 2012 Jetway MiniITX Not Yet for 2018 X1 Extreme


Here’s an interesting phenomenon. I’ve deliberately held two PCs back from force-upgrading them to Windows 10 2004. I’ve been waiting for Windows Update (WU) to extend them the upgrade offer on its own. Yesterday one of those offers came through, and one of those machines has now been upgraded. I’m surprised to report that the relatively ancient Jetway NF9G-QM77 based MiniITX PC got the offer, rather than the relatively new (and quite powerful) Lenovo X1 Extreme laptop.

Sharp Contrasts Between Two PCs

The Ivy Bridge (3rd generation Intel) processor that resides on the Jetway box, dates back to Q3 2011. And if memory serves I acquired its motherboard and CPU in early 2012 to build my wife a new PC. She’s been using it daily ever since and it’s held up and remained useful in fairly fine form. It’s upgrading to 2004 as I write this post, because I fired off the post-GUI restart through an RDP session into that box about 10 minutes ago. It’s 25% into the post-GUI install, so it should be finished in another half-hour or so. It’s the oldest PC at Chez Tittel right now, though the Lenovo X220 Tablet and the T520 Laptop (both Sandy Bridge 3rd generation Intel CPU PCs) were also purchased in 2012, somewhat later that year.

The Lenovo X1 Extreme, by contrast, is something of a beast. It’s got a 6-core/12-thread mobile Kaby Lake (8th generation Intel) CPU, 32 GB of RAM, and two OEM Samsung NVMe SSDs: 1 TB for the main drive, and 0.5 TB for the secondary. It’s a hair faster than my production desktop PC which includes a Skylake (6th Generation) i7-6700 CPU, 32 GB of RAM, and a 0.5 TB Samsung 950 NVMe SSD as its boot/system drive.

I had totally expected the X1 Extreme to get the 2004 offer from WU long before the Jetway got the go-ahead. Man, was I ever wrong about that. The X1 Extreme is not reporting any blocking issue (which usually indicates known troublesome device drivers that cause MS to put a hold on 2004 upgrades). So, it’s just the “luck of the draw” that determines who goes first and who second. Now that I know the Jetway got tapped first, all I can do is marvel even more about the wild and wooly workings of WU and Microsoft, in trickling out the 2004 upgrade. It’s a strange and wonderful turn of events, to be sure!

Author: Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.

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