When does Windows 10 become end of life?

Windows 11 is in the air, or as they say. The launch of Windows 11 should happen anytime before 2021 comes to an end. An obvious question of Windows 10 users has to be – When will Windows 10 become end of life product? A product becomes end-of-line when the software developers stop releasing updates to the software. So, Windows 10 will be end of life when Microsoft stops the development and update cycle of the Windows 10 operating system.

The good thing is that Microsoft develops operating systems with a 10 year life cycle. Windows 10 was released for the first time in 2015. So, it will go out of development and support cycle in the month of October, 2025. That is a good four years from now. Until that time, Windows 10 will continue to be supported by Microsoft. You can rest easy, knowing the fact that the current installations of Windows are covered by the Microsoft systems for the near future.

To know the exact date of the Windows 10 going out of the product development life cycle, consider checking out the Microsoft link here – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-home-and-pro.

So, what does it mean in relation to the upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11? Well, there is no haste for you to make a choice of updating Windows 10 to Windows 11. If you wish to see the product stabilize, you can always put off the update to a time of your satisfaction, convenience and trust. There is absolutely no pressure to update from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in haste.

For folks who like to work on the latest operating systems, there are two choices. One is to buy a new system with Windows 11 pre-loaded on it. That is a sure way to enjoy the new interface and Android apps on the Windows 11 desktop. For the record, we are all waiting for Windows 11 release. Once it is released, we can have new system availability with Windows 11. Or, alternatively, you could preview Windows 11 on the Azure virtual desktop.

Your system that runs Windows 10 may be eligible for a free upgrade. To check whether your system’s hardware is compatible with Windows 11, you may have to run the PC Health check software, that will be available from Microsoft. The PC Health check app will help you in scanning the system and reporting the compatibility status for running Windows 11. We know for sure that the Windows 11 operating system will only run on 64 bit processors. And, there is whole lot of other checks that need to be completed to ensure that the Windows 10 desktop or laptop can be upgraded to Windows 11 seamlessly.

The bottom line is, take your time. Let the things settle down. And, then upgrade your system from Windows 10 to Windows 11 operating system. If we go by the previous Windows 10 launch, Microsoft allowed a full year for people to upgrade their systems to Windows 10. So, assuming we have the new Windows 11 launch in the last quarter of 2021, we should be ideally looking at an upgrade window of 1 year from the data of launch. Do not hold me to the statement though. Keep an eye for the finer details of Windows 100 upgrade path and time, and take a decision to upgrade your Windows 10 system to the new and latest Windows 11.

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Rajesh Dhawan

Rajesh Dhawan is a technology professional who loves to blog about smart wearables, Cloud computing and Microsoft technologies. He loves to break complex problems into manageable chunks of meaningful information.