Windows 10 support ends in 4 years, but this is what you should know now
Now that Microsoft's Windows 11 is here, there are some things to note about Windows 10 and what it means for your devices.
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As many people prepare to update their Windows laptops and desktops to the latest software, what happens to PCs still running Windows 10 in 2025? We'll explain. And here are some big differences between Windows 10 and Windows 11 that you can look forward to. This story was recently updated.
What does it mean for Microsoft to end support for Windows 10?
As it did with Windows 7 in January 2020, 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 Android apps, desktop widgets and new Xbox gaming features for the PC.
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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. Free upgrades to eligible Windows 10 PCs will be available from Oct. 5. 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.