On December 13, 2022, Windows 10 21H1 will reach its end of service (EOS), at which point it will stop receiving security updates. If you are still using this version of Windows, it is time to upgrade to the most recent version so that you can continue to be safe from future attacks on vulnerabilities that won’t be patched in the near future.
Windows Update will automatically start a feature update for Windows 10 consumer devices and non-managed corporate devices that are at, or within a few months of reaching, end of maintenance in order to help keep you safe and productive, according to Microsoft. “This ensures that your device is supported and continues to receive regular upgrades, which are essential for ecosystem health and security. You can pick a convenient time for your device to restart and finish the update for these devices.
All editions of Windows 10 21H1 will be affected by the EOS next month. It consists of Windows 10 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session, Windows 10 Education, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Pro Education, and Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, all of which are versions 21H1 of Windows 10.
Affected users must upgrade to Windows 11 or obtain the most recent version of Windows 10 before the deadline. Users of Windows 10 who are running version 20H2 or later can see if the Windows 10 22H2 (Windows 10 2022 Update) is already installed on their computer by navigating to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. In October, Microsoft announced the beginning of its release, and all eligible devices should be receiving it right now. Although a Windows 10 machine will gain a new version number, there won’t be any significant additions because Microsoft is now focusing on Windows 11 instead of feature drops.