Microsoft has added another version of Windows 10 to its Windows Lifecycle Support page. Windows 10 version 20H2 will cease to receive critical security updates from May 2022. While this doesn’t seem like a massive issue at face value, systems still running the old OS when the time comes will likely feel the impact quite prominently.
The most prominent issue is that systems running older versions of Windows 10 will be left unprotected even if major security concerns are discovered. This means it will be much more difficult to patch holes or obliterate bugs found after May 2022. This end of support for Windows 10 20H2 will likely affect users in other ways because other major software companies tend to cease support for Windows versions that Microsoft no longer supports.
Here is a list of the versions of Windows 10 that Microsoft will no longer support from May 10, 2022.
- Windows 10 Home, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Pro, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Pro Education, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, version 20H2
There are a few versions of Windows 10 for which support has been extended. Microsoft will support these versions of Windows 10 20H2 for one more year, officially ending support in May 2023:
- Windows 10 Enterprise, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Education, version 20H2
- Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 20H2
While upgrading to Windows 11 is the ultimate solution, the new OS’s system requirements make this impossible for many Windows 10 users.
If you’ve upgraded to the newest version of Windows 10 and your computer isn’t running well, it might be time to reset your PC. While you’re in the Update & Security neighborhood, why not check if your system is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11?