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Windows 10 – end of life

Some versions of Windows 10 display a notification to install the latest version

End of servicing notification for Windows 10 Versions 1507, 1511, and 1607

If you have a device that’s running Windows 10 versions 1507, 1511, or 1607, a full-screen, end-of-servicing notification might appear on your device.

The notification shows the end-of-service date for your version of Windows 10.  For more details about the end-of-service date for your version of Windows 10.

Versions of Windows 10 that are listed as “end of service” have reached the end of their support period and will no longer receive security updates. To keep Windows as secure as possible, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10.

If you’re currently running Windows 10, version 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, or version 1803, you can expect to receive a notification that states that your device must have the latest security updates installed and then offers to update your device.

To check your version of Windows 10 in the search box on the taskbar, type winver and then select Winver to open About Windows.

update to the latest version of Windows, or learn more about the “end of service” status for these versions of Windows 10.

After you receive the update notification, be sure to leave your PC plugged in and powered on while the download completes. Restart your PC when prompted.

I recommend updating all of these earlier versions to the Windows 10, version 20H2 to continue receiving security and quality updates, ensuring protection from the latest security threats.

Windows 10, version 1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803 are currently at end of service. This means that devices running these operating systems no longer receive the monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats.

The latest version of Windows 10 is the May 2021 Update, version “21H1,” which was released on May 18, 2021. Microsoft releases new major updates every six months.

How to update to the latest Windows 10

To install the update, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click the “Check for Updates” button. If a stable version of Windows 10 is available, Windows Update may offer to download and install it—even if it hasn’t been rolled out to your PC yet. Look for a “Download and install now” link below a notice about a “Feature Update” being available for your PC.

Another method is to visit Microsoft Windows 10 update website

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

Microsoft to end Windows 10 support on October 14th, 2025

      Another sign that a new version of Windows is on the way

 

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025. It will mark just over 10 years since the operating system was first introduced. Microsoft revealed the retirement date for Windows 10 in an updated support life cycle page for the OS.

Microsoft originally committed to 10 years of support for Windows 10, with an original mainstream end of support date set for October 13th, 2020. That mainstream end of support has not yet commenced, as Microsoft has been introducing regular updates and extending active Windows 10 support.

We’re still not in the extended support phase of Windows 10 yet, which is the period when Microsoft doesn’t add new features to an operating system and simply maintains support with bug fixes and security patches.

Windows 10 has been an unusual release for Microsoft, as it moved away from its typical cadence of releasing a new version of the OS every few years. Instead, Microsoft moved Windows to more of a service, updating it twice a year with new features.

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