Support for Windows 10 ends in 2025. What this means for your device

Windows 10 support will still be available for four years.

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Windows 10 will be retired along with Windows 7 in the Microsoft operating systems graveyard. With Microsoft doing Windows 11 a free update which launched today, the tech juggernaut will unplug Windows 10 support on October 14, 2025. That gives you four years to prepare as Microsoft slowly moves its billion Windows users to Windows 11.

The company’s new operating system will be gradually rolled out for compatible Windows devices from today until mid-2022. You can expect a brand new design that borrows a Mac-like look and includes updated features. For example, Windows The Start menu refreshes which moves it to a different place on the screen and some productivity features that can help with multitasking. There is also a change to be made Android apps more readily available on upcoming Windows 11.

As many people prepare to update their Windows laptops and desktops to the latest software, what will happen to PCs still running Windows 10 in 2025? We will explain. And here are some big differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 that you can look forward to. This story was recently updated.

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What does it mean for Microsoft to end support for Windows 10?

As he did with Windows 7 in January 2020, Microsoft will withdraw active support for Windows 10 in 2025. You will still be able to use the software, but you will no longer get security updates. There will also be no new features added to the software. Instead, Microsoft is focusing on Windows 11, which comes with Android apps, desktop widgets and new Xbox gaming features for the PC.

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Should I upgrade to Windows 11?

Probably not. Many people are still running Windows 7 and 8 on their computers and have never upgraded to Windows 10. However, it is recommended that you use the most recent software in order to obtain security updates. Without security updates, your computer is exposed to malware and other vulnerabilities that can put you at risk for hacks, viruses, and more.

Will the Windows 11 upgrade be completely free?

Yes. Free upgrades to qualifying Windows 10 PCs will be available from today, October 5. Free upgrades will continue until 2022. If you are still using Windows 7 but want to upgrade to Windows 11, you must first upgrade to Windows 10 to be eligible.

Read more: How to download Windows 10 for free before getting Windows 11

When will support for Windows 11 end?

Since Windows 11 is so new, we probably won’t have an answer for this in the years to come. At the end of support, Microsoft 10 will be around for 10 years, so Windows 11 might have a similar timeline.

To learn more about Windows 11, here is how to download the new operating system and how to check if your computer is compatible. You can also see how what you need to do before downloading Windows 11.

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