Windows 10 will join Windows 7 in the graveyard of Microsoft operating systems past. With Microsoft making the just-announced billion-plus Windows users to , the company said at its Thursday. Windows 11 will be available this holiday season, with a preview build out next week., the tech juggernaut will pull the plug on on Oct. 14, 2025. That gives you years to prepare as Microsoft slowly moves its
Windows 11 will have a brand-new design that borrows a Mac-like look, and will include updated features. For instance, the Windowsthat moves it to a different place on the screen. There's also a change to make on Windows 11.
As many people prepare to update their Windows laptops and desktops to the latest software this year, what happens to PCs still running Windows 10 in 2025? We'll explain below.
What does it mean for Microsoft to end support for Windows 10?
As it did with, Microsoft will pull active support for Windows 10 in 2025. You'll still be able to use the software, but you won't get any more security updates. There also won't be any new features added to the software. Instead, Microsoft is shifting its focus to Windows 11, which comes with , and new for the PC.
Will I have to switch to Windows 11?
Probably not. Many people are still running Windows 7 and 8 on their computers and never switched to Windows 10. However, it's recommended to use the most up to date software so you get security updates. Without security updates, your computer is at risk for malware and other vulnerabilities that can expose you to hacks, viruses and more.
Will Windows 11 be completely free to upgrade?
Yes.will be available once Microsoft rolls out Windows 11. The free upgrades will continue into 2022. If you're still running Windows 7 but want to upgrade to Windows 11, you'll first need to upgrade to Windows 10 to be eligible.
When will Windows 11 support end?
Since Windows 11 is so new, we likely won't have an answer to that for years to come. When support ends, Microsoft 10 will have been around for 10 years, so Windows 11 could have a similar timeline.
If you missed the beginning of the Microsoft event, here's at its virtual event.