Any version of Windows will work, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and others. Each of them has a lifecycle. This cycle starts when the product is initially made accessible to users and concludes when Microsoft ceases providing support for it. When upgrading to Windows 10, being knowledgeable of the product’s lifecycle is beneficial.

Windows 10’s Semi-Annual Channel (SAC), which is controlled by the new Modern Lifecycle Policy, distributes feature updates twice a year. The OS, however, now only receives one feature upgrade a year via the General Availability Channel, beginning with version 21H2. According to the new policy, the operating system is provided as a service, is continuously maintained and supported, and is never regarded as a finished good.

Windows 10 will continue to be supported as long as you use the most recent version with a legitimate licence. Microsoft keeps a version (feature update) available for at least 18 months after it was first made available to the general public. (The operating system’s Enterprise and Education editions get at least 30 months of support.) To keep your device safe and functioning properly within the supported time, you need keep installing cumulative updates (quality updates). Normally, you want to update to the most recent version before the device’s current release is no longer supported.

Windows 10 22H22022 UpdateOctober 18, 2022May 14, 2024May 13, 2025Yes
Windows 10 21H2November 2021 UpdateNovember 16, 2021June 13, 2023Jun 11, 2024Yes
Windows 10 21H1May 2021 UpdateMay 18, 2021December 13, 2022December 13, 2022Yes
Windows 10 20H2October 2020 UpdateOctober 20, 2020May 10, 2022May 9, 2023No
Windows 10 2004May 2020 UpdateMay 27, 2020December 14, 2021December 14, 2021No
Windows 10 1909November 2019 UpdateNovember 12, 2019May 11, 2021May 10, 2022No
Windows 10 1903May 2019 UpdateMay 21, 2019December 8, 2020December 8, 2020No
Windows 10 1809October 2018 UpdateNovember 13, 2018November 10, 2020 (new)
May 12, 2020 (old)
May 11, 2021No
Windows 10 1803April 2018 UpdateApril 30, 2018November 12, 2019May 11, 2021 (new)
November 10, 2020 (old)
Windows 10 1709Fall Creators UpdateOctober 17, 2017April 9, 2019October 13, 2020 (new)
April 14, 2020 (old)
Windows 10 1703Creators UpdateApril 5, 2017October 9, 2018October 8, 2019No
Windows 10 1607Anniversary UpdateAugust 2, 2016April 10, 2018April 9, 2019No
Windows 10 1511November UpdateNovember 10, 2015October 10, 2017October 10, 2017No
Windows 10 1507Initial ReleaseJuly 29, 2015May 9, 2017May 9, 2017No
* End of service for Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, Pro Education
** End of service for Enterprise and Education

Using the Windows Update advanced options, you may be able to delay feature updates depending on the version of Windows 10 that is installed on your machine. Although this option is for businesses, anyone can postpone a feature update to avoid probable errors and other issues that are known to arise in the beginning.

Windows 10 automatically downloads and instals cumulative updates, but it no longer pushes feature updates until your current version is about to reach its end of support. There are numerous ways to check your version if you are unsure about it and determine whether you need to upgrade to be supported.

On October 14, 2025, Microsoft intends to stop offering support for Windows 10. The business hailed Windows 10 as the final iteration of Windows when it was first unveiled in 2015. For the Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions, the lifespan page now specifies that the firm would “continue to support at least one Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel until October 14, 2025.”

After October 14, 2025, Windows 10 devices will no longer be eligible for security and quality updates, and you won’t be able to get in touch with the manufacturer for support.

If you use a Windows 10 Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) edition, the lifecycle is altered. If you don’t like feature updates, Windows 10 LTSB is probably the ideal edition for you. There is no bloatware, no feature updates, and they are editions supported for up to 10 years.

Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021
November 16, 2021January 12, 2027January 12, 2027
Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019
November 13, 2018January 9, 2024January 9, 2029
Windows 10 Enterprise 2016 LTSB
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2016 LTSB
August 2, 2016October 12, 2021October 13, 2026
Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB
Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB
July 29, 2015October 13, 2020October 14, 2025

The only customers who can choose Windows 10 LTSB for Windows 10 Enterprise are those who have Volume Licenses or MSDN subscriptions.

Christopher Woodill

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Enterprise technology leader for the past 15+ years…certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt and TOGAF Enterprise Architect. I collaborate with companies to help align their strategic objectives with concrete implementable technology strategies. I am Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Klick Health.

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