Microsoft has confirmed that all versions of Windows 10 21H1 will reach the end of service at the end of November 2022.
In an advisory, the company notes that the upcoming December 2022 security update, released on December 13, 2022, will be the last available update for Windows 10 21H1.
After that date, devices running this release will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that include protection from the latest security threats.
Windows 10 update 21H1
Microsoft recommends that any users still using Windows 10 21H1 on their devices upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrade their eligible devices to Windows 10. Windows 11, right away. For information on maintenance progress and lifecycle, the company also offers the release of Windows 10 guide. (opens in a new tab)
Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 22H2 on October 18, now rolling out to all eligible devices.
Users responsible for upgrading their own machines may do so by accessing Settings > Update & Security > Windows Updateand then click the “Check for updates” button.
The news came right after a recent report was found many PC users still cling to Windows 10even though Windows 11 launched on October 5, 2021 – more than a year ago.
According to data collected by Statcounter, Windows 11 still has a relatively poor adoption rate, with only 15.44% of total Windows systems taking the leap.
Over 70% of users are still running Windows 10, while Windows 7 maintains 10% of the overall Windows user base, even though it lost official Microsoft support in January 2020.
The general reluctance of users to upgrade is attributed to the high system performance requirements that Windows 11 demands of users, which are simply out of reach for many typical PCs and mobile workstation on the market.
If you are still confused about the best way to update your Windows computer, you can follow it this guide (opens in a new tab) that Microsoft has put together.