Windows 10 – Planning for end of support

Windows 10 - the end is on the horizon. It's still a while away, but if you still use it in your business, it's good to plan ahead. Here's your options 👇

18th January 2024

Windows 10 end of support

Microsoft has announced that starting on 14th October 2025, they will no longer provide free support and security updates for Windows 10.

For the first time ever – they’re providing the option for businesses of all sizes and consumers to pay for updates after this deadline.

While the idea of paying for updates might raise some eyebrows, let’s put this into perspective. By 2025, Windows 10 will be a decade old, and Microsoft is likely to have introduced Windows 12. And as we know, Windows 11 is available today.

Supporting multiple old operating systems can be quite a handful, even for a tech giant like Microsoft.

October 2025 may seem like a way off, but it’s a good idea to start weighing up your options now.

Here they are:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11.

Microsoft’s (and our) preferred option is for you to switch to Windows 11. It’s got some fantastic features and free updates until its end of life. However older machines can’t take the upgrade – so you may need to plan to replace these.

Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and pay.

You can choose to stay with Windows 10, but you’ll need to pay for security updates (no new features, though). The exact cost isn’t known yet. It’ll likely be a subscription for monthly updates. We don’t recommend this option – spending money to keep old systems alive is generally not a good use of your IT budget!

Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and don’t update it.

Sure, you can continue using Windows 10 without paying, but this isn’t advisable. Without updates, your business’s PCs will become vulnerable to threats and security issues. And without Microsoft’s support to fix problems, even tech experts like us have nowhere to go for help. Please don’t take this option!

If you do need to replace older machines that won’t support Windows 11 – wouldn’t you like to know sooner rather than later? We can do a quick check to see if they meet the requirements – allowing you to budget for replacement hardware, long before the deadline.

You’ve got until October 2025 to decide, so there’s no rush. But if you want your business to thrive this year, we’d highly recommend upgrading to Windows 11 sooner than later. You’ll immediately benefit from some features that could improve your processes and make your team’s jobs easier.

If you’re considering the move to Windows 11, or exploring other options, we’re here to help make the transition smooth and hassle-free. Get in touch.

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If you have any questions in relation to this blog post, contact us. We would be more than happy to help!

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