Microsoft has announced that the current version of Windows 10, Version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10. This means that Windows 10 is expected to reach its end of support on October 14, 2025. Microsoft stopped selling Windows 10 licenses at the end of January 2023, which means that system builders have limited choices of operating systems going forward. While you might still find licenses at third-party sellers, these are often overpriced and not worth the headache.
Transitioning to Windows 11
If you want to take advantage of more gaming-specific features, it may be time to upgrade to Windows 11. While Windows 10 will still be receiving monthly security updates until its end of support date, Microsoft “highly encourages” users to transition to Windows 11 since Windows 10 will no longer receive feature updates. Windows 11 offers features such as File Explorer tabs, snap layouts, and the ability to run Android apps on Windows 11 without downloading third-party emulators. Recent Windows 11 updates have also made drastic performance improvements on DX11 and DX10 games with improved display latency, variable refresh rate, and AutoHDR in windowed gaming.
Upgrade Now for Security
If you’re not planning on moving to Windows 11 anytime soon, the other recommendation is to update to version 22H2 immediately to continue receiving the latest security updates. While there are still some third-party sellers offering Windows 10 licenses, it’s important to note that these are often overpriced and not worth the hassle. By upgrading to the latest version of Windows, you’ll ensure that your system is protected with the latest security updates, giving you peace of mind.
In conclusion, while Windows 10 will still be receiving monthly security updates until its end of support date, it’s time to start thinking about upgrading to Windows 11. With more gaming-specific features and improved performance, Windows 11 offers a lot of benefits that Windows 10 does not. If you’re not ready to make the switch, however, be sure to upgrade to version 22H2 immediately to continue receiving the latest security updates.