began his , which means Windows 10 is slowly coming out. Microsoft has announced this , so you still have a few years before you stop getting security patches. And Microsoft’s gradual rollout of Windows 11 means you may not even be asked to switch to next year. But all of these details can make it hard to tell if you need to upgrade now or if it’s better to wait until later.
If you’re wondering how long to actually switch to Windows 11 andbefore updating, you have come to the right place. I will also explain , how to tell and . Read on for everything you need to know about the end of Windows 10 support and preparation for Windows 11.
When will Microsoft support for Windows 10 stop, and why?
will end on October 14, 2025. This means that Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or feature updates to the Home, Pro, Enterprise, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions at this time – affecting virtually all Windows 10 users. (The only people who have until 2029 are the few Windows 10 Enterprise Long Term Support Channel users.)
This does not come as a surprise: Microsoft has a long-established Fixed Lifestyle Policy for many of its products. For each version of its operating system, the company offers a minimum of 10 years of support (at least five years of regular support such as security updates and free event support, followed by five years of extended support such as paid troubleshooting).
Windows 10 was released in July 2015, so its 10-year lifecycle will be completed by October 2025. Here is.
Should I switch to Windows 11? Will my Windows 10 computer stop working after Microsoft pulls support?
You will still be able to use your Windows 10 computer the same way you have been, just like many people still useor Windows 8, though Microsoft has pulled support for both in recent years. However, when support ends, you receive no security updates, which can make your computer vulnerable – many types of malware are targeted at Windows devices.
If you do not want to stop using your Windows 10 machine after support ends in 2025, there are some.
Will my computer be able to run Windows 11?
It depends on. If you, that computer must be able to run Windows 11. To see if your current Windows 10 PC is eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 11, go to the Microsoft Web site for a list of requirements.
The easiest way to find out is to download the PC Health Check app to check if your machine is compatible. Alternatively, you can use another open source app calledto see if your device is compatible. Plus, here’s how to do it without any of the tools.
How do I upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11? How much will it cost me?
If you are already a Windows 10 user and have a compatible computer, Windows 11 will appear as onewhen it becomes available to you. Microsoft’s new OS is gradually rolling out between now and mid-2022.
When Windows 11 becomes available to you, you will download it in the same way as you would with any new version of Windows. Most users will go to Settings> Update and security> Windows Update and click search for updates. If it’s available, you’ll see Feature update for Windows 11. click Download and install. (Here is more information about. If you have not yet upgraded to Windows 10, you may still be able to do so .)
What is the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 11 anyway?
Windows 11 gets a new visual design and several new features designed to make navigating your computer easier, whether for personal use, work, or both. Here are some of the biggest changes in Windows 11:
- A new, more Mac-like interface: Windows 11 has a clean design with rounded corners, pastel colors and a and the taskbar.
- Integrated Android apps: and can be installed from within the new via Amazon Appstore. (There were a few ways to access Android apps on Windows 10, including , but this will make it native.)
- Microsoft Teams integration: and will be integrated directly into the Windows 11 taskbar, making it easier to access (and a little more like Apple’s FaceTime). You will be able to access Teams from Windows, Mac, Android or iOS.
- Better virtual desktop support: Windows 11 will let you in a way more reminiscent of MacOS, switching between multiple desktops for personal use, work, school, or gaming.
- Easier transition from screen to laptop and better multitasking: The new OS includes features called – collections of the apps you use at once, which sit in the taskbar and can come up or minimize at the same time for easier task switching. They also let you connect and disconnect a monitor more easily without losing where your open windows are located.
- Widgets: While they have been around for a while (do you remember desktop gadgets on Windows Vista?), Including one , you can now and customize what they show.
- Xbox technology for better gaming: , such as Auto HDR and DirectStorage, to enhance gaming on your Windows PC.
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