Windows 11 he’s come a long way since then its initial launch, but it’s still not for everyone. Many Windows 10 fans refuse to upgrade their machines to the latest operating system from Microsoft: An estimate suggests that Windows 10 still commands 73.46% of PCs worldwide, while Windows 11 remains at 20.95%. There are more than a few reasons for this discrepancy, but the winds of change may be upon us now that we know Windows 10 will never get another update again.
Microsoft announced the news in a blog post on Thursdayconfirming the fears of Windows 10 users worldwide: the current version, 22H2, will be the last version of Windows 10 never. This means that going forward, Windows 10 will not receive any new features. The operating system as it is today will be that way forever.
Not surprising news, given the company stopped selling copies of Windows 10 in January. For their part, Microsoft strongly encourages you to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. While the company He says it’s because they want you to be able to try out all future Windows updates as they arrive, every Windows 11 adoptee is another active user to solicit at meetings and events.
But also those who Want update is often not possible, since Microsoft has strict requirements why PCs can actually upgrade to Windows 11. The company requires your PC to have a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) 2.0 for security reasons, but that excludes many PCs older than six years. You can ignore these restrictions to install Windows 11 on an older and unsupported computer, but it’s complicated and not recommended by Microsoft. For many in this situation, it’s best to stick with Windows 10, especially if a new PC isn’t in the budget.
OK, so this is clearly sad news for anyone who loves Windows 10 and who doesn’t want to see Microsoft abandon the operating system. But there’s a silver lining here: Microsoft isn’t abandoning the operating system entirely, just characteristics and other fun changes.
As Microsoft previously announced, the company will support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. “Support” is the keyword here, and it doesn’t mean adding any new software advancements that Microsoft brings to Windows; rather, Microsoft has pledged to support Windows 10 with monthly security updates up to that date.
While not as fun as new feature updates, security updates are undeniably the most important commodity here. Without them, Windows 10 would be left unprotected from every new security hole discovered by malicious actors, such as in the case of Windows 7 and 8.1. Luckily for the roughly 70% of the PC world still running Windows 10, Microsoft will continue to fix any of these threats for the next two and a half years.
If you are one of those PC users who can’t seem to shake the Windows 10 habit, don’t worry. Sure, you miss out on new features, but that’s still what third-party apps and utilities are for. Remember: You only have until October 14, 2025 to safely enjoy your time with Windows 10. Once that deadline passes, your only safe option will be to upgrade to any version of Windows supported by Microsoft in ’25. Who knows: maybe you’ll really like this one.