Microsoft Putting Windows 10 Out to Pasture

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Since the release of Windows 11, Microsoft has been pushing hard for Windows 10 users to make the switch. But over the last two years, the latest operating system has had to patch numerous flaws and plenty of bugs, making users reluctant to upgrade. Soon, however, they won’t have a choice, as Microsoft is finished updating Windows 10.

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End of the Road

Windows 10 was released seven years ago, and by all accounts, it is one of the most stable versions since Windows XP. The familiar layout and functionality are what many are comfortable with, which is in stark contrast to Windows 11’s fresh approach.

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On Thursday, Windows 10 users received news they weren’t ready to hear: the current version, 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10. There will be no more feature updates, and security patches are expected to wind down as well.

What does that mean? In a Windows client roadmap update, Microsoft explained that Windows 10 will reach its end-of-service (EOS) cycle on October 14, 2025.

You can still use your Windows 10 computer, but after that date, there’ll be no more security patches, which leaves your computer vulnerable to malware and viruses. However, the monthly security patches will continue until the retirement date.

Microsoft’s recommendation is that they “highly encourage” you to transition to Windows 11 now, as there won’t be any additional Windows 10 feature updates.

“The current version, 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security update releases through that date,” continued the Microsoft news. This applies to the Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations versions.

And don’t think that you can quickly download Windows 10 before the cut-off, as Microsoft already stopped digital sales of the operating system in January.

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Charlie Fripp
Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp is a technology writer with a strong focus on consumer gadgets, video games, and cyber security. He holds an undergraduate degree in professional journalism and has worked as a journalist for over 15 years. In his spare time, he enjoys playing various musical instruments and gardening.

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