In a recent announcement, Microsoft has announced the expected date for Windows 10 going ‘End of Life’. The date is important to all users of the operating system as it marks the date when no further security updates will be released.
Starting October 14th, 2025, Windows 10 will officially be discontinued from mainstream support, with the only option available to receive ongoing security updates is to pay an additional fee. The idea of paying for updates will no doubt raise a few eyebrows; it is worth bearing in mind that by the time October 14th 2025, comes around, Windows 10 will be a decade old! Windows 12 may (or may not) be released by the time Windows 10 reaches retirement age.
Even for a tech behemoth like Microsoft, maintaining support for old operating systems is quite a handful. We are thankful for the option to continue to pay extra for support, some businesses use equipment that may not be supported on Windows 11, having the option to continue is welcome in those situations.
October 14th 2025, certainly feels like a long way off at the time of writing however, it will approach fast, and it is a good idea to weigh up the options available now:
Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11
Microsoft’s recommended course of action is for users to transition to Windows 11. The new version boasts impressive features and offers free updates until its end of life, which is currently scheduled for at least 2027 and most likely many years after that.
Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and Pay for Updates
It is an option to remain with Windows 10, but it comes with a price tag for security updates (excluding new features). The exact cost remains unknown but will likely involve a monthly update subscription.
Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and Risk Running Without Updates
Of course, you can ignore the situation and continue using Windows 10 with no further security updates… but this goes against our advice and also goes against common sense! If you run the risk of running your computer(s) without ongoing security updates, your PC’s will be vulnerable to cyber threats and security issues. We would likely be unable to repair the computer should the worst happen. Please DO NOT take this option!
The deadline is set for October 2025, allowing ample time for consideration. However, an early transition to Windows 11 is highly recommended for businesses aiming to thrive. This move ensures continued support and unlocks features that can enhance your processes and streamline your team’s tasks.
Whether you’re contemplating the switch to Windows 11 or exploring alternative options, our team is here to make the transition smooth and hassle-free. Feel free to reach out if you need assistance.