Since Windows 11 is launched recently, some Windows 10 users ask that is Windows 10 still supported or not, or they might need to know how long they can keep using Windows 10 safely with security updates from Microsoft. Here in this article, we fully answered this question.
When Does Microsoft End Support for Windows 10?
The date of ending support for Windows 10 is October 14th, 2025. It is almost over 10 years when the operating was first introduced. Microsoft revealed the date of retirement for Windows 10 in an updated support life cycle page for the operating system. Thurrott asserted that this is the first time that Microsoft described the end of support for Windows 10.
We cannot say exactly that when the support document was updated. However, Thurrott asserted that it already documented when only specific Windows 10 versions would leave support not the whole operating system, and it is another hint that a new version of Windows is ready to launch.
We expect that Microsoft introduces a new version of Windows with significant user interface changes with an overhaul to the Windows Store.
Based on the Microsoft website, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education will be supported until October 14, 2025. All regular desktop editions of Windows 10 will end of their life status. It means that they won’t receive security updates from Microsoft.
After ending the support of Windows 10, you should upgrade your Windows to Windows 11 to keep receiving security updates. In this connected world, updates are necessary for getting your personal privacy and data security. Don’t worry if Windows 11 does not support your system since you can get Microsoft restrictions.
When Will Windows 10 Stop Getting Security Updates?
As we mentioned above, all Windows 10 versions like Home, Pro, Education, Enterprise and Enterprise IoT will not receive updates after October 14, 2025.
Windows LTSC, which is specialized version of Windows using for businesses needs long-term support. It will continue to receive updates for few more years after that. So, Windows 10 2019 LTSC and Windows 10 IoT 2019 LTSC will receive security updates until January 9, 2029.
Any vulnerabilities of Windows 10 might not be fixed after these dates, so you cannot rely on it. It is best to upgrade to Windows 11 by October 2025. Windows 11 has many useful features, so you can be sure to upgrade your Windows to Windows 11.
How Long Is It Possible to Keep Using Windows 10?
Surprisingly Windows 10 will not stop working in October 2025 even Microsoft will not provide security updates, which means that you can use it technically as some loyal users who have done this before with the older versions of Windows in the past; however, generally it is not a good idea.
Although there are many complex phishing attacks, remote exploits and ransomware, which are common these days, the stakes are simply too high for many people to risk their personal data through using an unsupported operating system.
What Happens to All the Windows 10 Devices, Which Are Incompatible with Windows 11 in 2025?
Windows 11 was released in late 2021 and Microsoft moved its focus from development of Windows to development of Windows 11. It is possible for Windows 10 devices to upgrade to Windows 11 for free, but not all devices have the requirements of Windows 11 to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11.
Although it is possible to bypass the requirements, some features might not work properly or at all. Since some updates cannot be installed over Windows Update on incompatible devices, it might happen in the future.
Most of devices with Windows 10, which do have the minimum requirements can keep using the device, but the question is what happens when Windows 10 stop being supported in 2025? Microsoft mentions October 14, 2025 as the date of Windows 10 Home and Pro retirement. Most users will replace their devices with new ones that most of them includes Windows 10 or they are compatible with new operating system.
Many devices can be used by 2025, and these cannot be upgraded to Windows 11oficially because some of them does not have the system requirements of the new operating system. Some systems can be upgraded to Windows 11 to Windows 11 by passing the restrictions.
One problem that Windows 10 users will face in October 2025 is that Microsoft will not provide any security updates for the operating system. Devices with Windows 10 will keep working, but they do not receive security updates after October 2025.
Some companies like 0Patch may provide some security updates for Windows 10, but the company might not release some patches that can fix all issues, and some of the patches may not be released for free.
Using Windows 10 after October 2025 will be a valid scenario in a situation that the PC is not connected to the Internet or if the security setup blocks the attacks before they provide harms.
Most users of Windows 10 devices which are not compatible with Windows 11 have two main options for keeping to use the device. The first one is upgrading to Windows 11, bypassing the system requirements, and the second one is switching to Linux.
How to Upgrade Incompatible Systems to Windows 11?
The options are not ideal for those who want not to have interruptions. Upgrading to Windows 11, which is unsupported, brings most settings and installed programs to Windows 11 system, but you can be sure that most programs continue to work and their data is not lost.
The main problem is that it is not supported by Microsoft officially. Although Microsoft provided a way to upgrade for incompatible devices, it warns users that their devices might malfunction and it is not guarantee to receive updates.
The official disclaimer asserted that damages will not be supported by the manufacturer guarantee and your system will no longer receive any support. The requirements for upgrading help you ensure a more reliable and higher quality experience. So, installing Windows 11 on devices, which are not compatible may result in compatibility issues.
Windows Update works properly not on the devices with incompatible Windows 11, but it is probable that they may not be supported in future. Also feature updates may become problematic to install since users may need to bypass again the restrictions.
|Listing||Start Date||Retirement Date|
|Windows 10 Home and Pro||Jul 29, 2015||Oct 14, 2025|
|Version||Start Date||End Date|
|Version 22H2||Oct 18, 2022||May 14, 2024|
|Version 21H2||Nov 16, 2021||Jun 13, 2023|
|Version 21H1||May 18, 2021||Dec 13, 2022|
|Version 20H2||Oct 20, 2020||May 10, 2022|
|Version 2004||May 27, 2020||Dec 14, 2021|
|Version 1909||Nov 12, 2019||May 11, 2021|
|Version 1903||May 21, 2019||Dec 8, 2020|
|Version 1809||Nov 13, 2018||Nov 10, 2020|
|Version 1803||Apr 30, 2018||Nov 12, 2019|
|Version 1709||Oct 17, 2017||Apr 9, 2019|
|Version 1703||Apr 11, 2017||Oct 9, 2018|
|Version 1607||Aug 2, 2016||Apr 10, 2018|
|Version 1511||Nov 10, 2015||Oct 10, 2017|
|Version 1507||Jul 29, 2015||May 9, 2017|
For users of Windows 10, it is necessary to know that whether it is still supported, or until when they can use it. We fully provided the answer in this article. Are a user of Windows 10? Do you plan to upgrade it to Windows 11? Share your answers with us.