Why Windows 10 Updates Won’t Be Free After 2025?

In two more years, Microsoft users who are still using Windows 10 will no longer receive free security updates after 2025. It will reach end of support (EOS) on 14 October, 2025. This means Windows 10 users will need to pay for continuous updates such as bug fixes for issues, security fixes, any updates or support for problems that may appear. The final version of Windows 10 will be version 22H2, as noted on the Windows 10 release information page.

So, what was the reason behind the Windows 10 security updates? Windows 10 has been here since its release for almost a decade. Hence, according to Mashable, Microsoft is not willing to give full support to the potential three operating systems.

While this might sound concerning, upgrading to Windows 11 will solve this issue. There will be no fees. Between the two Windows, there are only a few slight differences—a major difference in their designs. The small changes would be the Start menu, Taskbar and support for Android apps. The only difference between Windows 11 and 10 is the improvement in multitasking, no more full-screen Start menu, better performance, better collaboration features, and Windows Copilot (AI assistant).

The thing about Windows 11, which was released on 5 October, 2021, is that it has stricter requirements, which is a hassle. If a user doesn’t meet the required RAM, storage, graphic card, chip and processor, it is impossible to update to Windows 11. It also has a less personalizable taskbar and users cannot set desktop icons to be smaller in size, which is seen as a downgrade from Windows 10.

However, for overall performance and features, Windows 11 is still better for the majority of users. Users can still revert back to Windows 10 by uninstalling it, but they need to pay for the security updates, and if not, they will be vulnerable to potential threats in the future.

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