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Windows 10 21H2 end-of-service on 13 June

Windows 10 21H2 end-of-service on 13 June

In just 2 months, on June 13, 2023, customers who use Windows 10 21H2 will no longer receive security updates, and those who need Microsoft Support after this date are directed to either update their device to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrade to Windows 11 to remain supported.

The affected editions include Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations, all released in November 2021. After the end-of-service date, Windows 10 21H2 devices running Home and Pro editions will no longer receive security and monthly quality updates with bug fixes and patches for recently discovered security threats.

Windows 10 20H2 for enterprise and education users are also reaching EOS next month, after multiple other versions reached it one year ago, on May 10, 2022.

What changed?

For customers who need to know more about the changes, Microsoft provides a comprehensive list of all products reaching their end support, which will be retired later this year. Furthermore, customers can access more details regarding Windows end-of-service dates in the Windows Lifecycle FAQ, the Windows 10 Servicing Frequently Asked Questions, and with the help of the Lifecycle Policy search tool.

As part of Microsoft’s attempt to keep its users protected and productive, Windows 10 22H2, also known as the Windows 10 2022 Update, is now available to everyone via Windows Update, starting November 2022.

This update is currently being offered to customers with eligible devices running Windows 10 20H2 or later that are not affected by compatibility holds and haven’t been configured to defer feature updates.

Automatic updates will continue in Windows 11

However, Microsoft will force the Windows 10 2022 Update to consumer and non-managed business devices running Windows 10 20H2 until it reaches EOS this June.

Windows 11 22H2, also known as the Windows 11 2022 Update, is now broadly available for eligible devices. Redmond force installed it on systems running Windows 11 21H2, a release quickly approaching its end-of-service date on October 10, 2023.

The company explains that it has been helping Windows users stay up-to-date and secure with supported versions of Windows through automatic updates since Windows 10, and it will continue to do so for Windows 11.

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