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What You Need to Know About the Lifespan of the Windows 10 OS

What You Need to Know About the Lifespan of the Windows 10 OS

The end of support for Windows 10 is scheduled for October 14, 2025. While that is a couple of years away, it's crucial to start strategizing for the future now. After this date, Microsoft will cease providing technical assistance, security updates, and bug fixes for the operating system. This means that continuing to use Windows 10 beyond that point could expose users to security risks and performance issues.

What Does “End of Support” Entail? 

Essentially, it makes using the operating system riskier and more challenging. It won't receive patches for the latest vulnerabilities, and compatibility issues with newer software and hardware won't be resolved. After the end of support date, the effectiveness of the operating system diminishes rapidly, becoming not only unsafe but also frustrating to use as modern solutions rely on more up-to-date software.

What Are Your Options?

Microsoft strongly recommends transitioning to Windows 11, a move we also endorse. Windows 11 offers numerous improvements over its predecessor, including a more user-friendly interface, enhanced performance, and robust security features. However, there's a caveat: not all devices can support Windows 11, so it's crucial to check compatibility before committing to an upgrade ahead of the end of support date.

What if Your Device Isn't Compatible with Windows 11? 

In the short term, you can continue using Windows 10 until the end of support date, provided you have the latest security updates and patches installed. Employing an enterprise-level antivirus tool can also bolster your security during this transitional period. However, we recommend not procrastinating too long when it comes to upgrading, as updates and patches can only provide limited protection in a landscape where new threats emerge daily.

If you would like a professional perspective on your organizational technology, give the IT experts at Preferred a call today at 708-781-7110.

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