begins to , marking the unofficial sunset for Windows 10. But you’ll have time to decide when to take the leap: Microsoft’s phased rollout means not all Windows 10 devices could be upgraded on day 1. However , the company announced that , so there is a time limit for the decision, even if it is long.
If you are wondering how long you really need to upgrade to Windows 11 andbefore updating you are in the right place. I will also explain , how to say and . Read on for everything you need to know about ending support for Windows 10 and getting ready for Windows 11.
When is Microsoft ending support for Windows 10 and why?
will end on October 14, 2025. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or feature updates for the Home, Pro, Enterprise, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions at this time, affecting virtually all users of Windows 10. (The only people who have until 2029 are the few Windows 10 Enterprise Long Term Support Channel users.)
This is not surprising: Microsoft has a long-established fixed lifestyle policy for many of its products. For each version of its operating system, the company offers a minimum of 10 years of support (at least five years of standard support such as security updates and free incident support, followed by five years of extended support such as pay-as-you-go).
Windows 10 was released in July 2015, so its 10-year lifecycle will have ended by October 2025. (Here is.)
Should I upgrade to Windows 11? Will my Windows 10 computer stop working after Microsoft removes the media?
You will still be able to use your Windows 10 computer the same way you did, just like a lot of people still use it.or Windows 8, although Microsoft has supported both in recent years. However, once the support ends, you will not get any security updates, which could leave your computer vulnerable – many forms of malware target Windows devices.
If you don’t want to stop using your Windows 10 machine after end of support in 2025, there are some.
Will my computer be able to run Windows 11?
It depends. If you, this computer should be able to run Windows 11. To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, go to Microsoft’s website for a list of requirements.
The easiest way to find out is to download the PC Health Check app to check if your machine is compatible. Alternatively, you can use another open source application calledto see if your device is compatible. Plus, here’s how without any tools.
How to switch from Windows 10 to Windows 11? How much will it cost me?
If you are already a Windows 10 user and have a compatible computer, Windows 11 will appear as aonce it becomes available to you. Microsoft’s new OS is being rolled out gradually by mid-2022.
Once Windows 11 is available to you, you’ll download it just like any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update and click Check for updates. If available, you will see Feature update to Windows 11. Click on Download and install. (Here is more information on. If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you can still .)
What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11, anyway?
Windows 11 includes a new design and several new features over Windows 10 that aim to make your computer easier to navigate, whether you use it for personal, business, or both. Here are some of the most important changes in Windows 11:
- A new interface closer to the Mac: Windows 11 features a clean design with rounded corners, pastel tones and a and taskbar.
- Built-in Android apps: and installable from the new via the Amazon Appstore. (There were several ways to access Android apps on Windows 10, including , but that will make it native.)
- Microsoft Teams Integration: and will be integrated directly into the Windows 11 taskbar, which will make it easier to access (and a little more like Apple’s FaceTime). You will be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS.
- Better support for virtual desktops: Windows 11 will allow you in a way more similar to MacOS, switching between multiple desktops for personal, work, school, or gaming use.
- Easier transition from monitor to laptop and better multitasking: The new operating system includes features called – collections of apps you use both that are in the taskbar and can appear or be collapsed at the same time to facilitate task switching. They also make it easier for you to plug in and unplug a monitor without losing the location of your open windows.
- Widgets : While they’ve been around for quite some time (remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), Including in a , you can now and customize them to see what you want.
- Xbox technology for better gaming: , like Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to enhance gaming on your Windows PC.
We broke downhere. We also have a guide on all , and how you are going to use them.
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