Are You Prepared For Windows 10 End of Life?

On June 13, 2023, Windows 10 Home and Pro version 21H2 will go end of life. his EOL date means that your devices won't receive any more security updates, patches, or technical support from Microsoft. Microsoft also officially announced at the end of April, that 22H2 will be Windows 10's final version. This would mean that Windows 10 will be fully end-of-life by October 14th, 2025. We recommend that you update all the Windows installations within your organization.

Windows 10 Lifecycle

There were already several Windows 10 versions that went end of life (EOL) in the past (1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1903, 1909, 2004, 20H2 for Home & Pro, and 21H1). We always recommend updating your installations to the latest Windows 10 version. In this case, that is the worldwide deployment of Windows 10 22H2 or higher.

The sheer number of versions and editions of Windows 10 adds a lot of complexity to the support structure. They make it hard for anyone to really grasp when the product that you are using will no longer be supported. For Windows 10 alone, we have the Home & Pro edition end-of-life dates, which are different from the end-of-life dates for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions. To add to the complexity, some versions are available as LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) or LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) editions as it is now called, which also have their own specific dates.

That's why we provide our Windows 10 EOL report. This report looks at the specific Windows version and edition and shows how much longer it will be supported.

Windows 10 Final End of Life

On April 27, 2023, Microsoft confirmed that Windows 10 version 22H2 will be the final version. There will be no new releases for Windows 10. This means that when 22H2 goes end of life on October 14, 2025, Windows 10 will be fully out of support, 10 years after its initial release in 2015. From then on, the product will no longer receive any new features, updates, or patches. If you want to remain supported, you will be forced to upgrade to Windows 11.

Windows 10 Home and Pro - 21H2 End of Life

Version 21H2 of Windows 10 Home and Pro will go end of life on the 13th of June, 2023. This means that version 22H2 will be the only remaining version of Windows 10 Home and Pro that is still in support. Make sure to update all Windows machines that are still running any of the older versions. For the Enterprise and Education and IoT Enterprise version 21H2 will remain in support until the 11th of June, 2024.

Windows 10 - 20H2 End of Life

Windows 10 version 20H2 Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions will go end of life on the 9th of May 2023. The Home and Pro edition already went end of life in May of last year. This means that the 20H2 version is now fully out of support. In order to remain supported, make sure to update all installations to version 21H2 or 22H2. These are now the only versions that are still in support.

Windows 10 - 21H1 End of Life

On December 13, 2022, Windows 10 version 21H1 will be going end of support for all editions (Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise, Home, and Pro). Make sure to update any Windows 10 devices to version 21H2 or higher. For the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions, Version 20H2 is still supported as well. For Home and Pro though this version has already gone end of life.

Run the Windows 10 End of Life Audit

The Windows 10 EOL audit will help you with identifying which machines need to be updated. It also shows you how long your other machines still have before they go end of life. It gives you a complete list of all Windows 10 devices, their EOL date, and how many days there are remaining until end of support.

Windows Server EOL

Recently, Microsoft has also started releasing more and more versions for Windows servers, bringing it in line with their regular Windows 10 releases. While dedicated server releases are still supported for a long time, should you be running one of these newer versions, it is important to keep an eye on when it might stop receiving updates. Head over to our Windows Server EOL blog post to find out more and a report for a Windows Server EOL overview.

Are you ready for Windows 11?

Are you ready to say goodbye to Windows 10 entirely? We have made a special Windows 11 blog and report to help you audit your network to do a Windows 11 readiness check of your systems.

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