Windows End of Service
Microsoft reminded users yesterday that several editions of Windows 10 versions 1803, 1809, and 1909 have hit their End of Service (EOS) on this month’s Patch Tuesday.
Devices running Windows 10 editions that have passed End-of-Life can no longer get software support or regular error and protection updates to keep them safe from the new security risks uncovered.
Although Redmond typically urges users of end-of-service products to upgrade as soon as possible to the latest available versions to keep their systems stable, certain out-of-date devices hitting EoS receive feature upgrades automatically. “You should pick a suitable time for your smartphone to reboot and complete the upgrade for these devices.”
Windows 10 LTSC editions still under support
Windows 10, version 1909, Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations versions, as well as all Windows Server, version 1909 editions, hit end-of-life yesterday. Microsoft postponed the end of service date for some editions of Windows 10 versions 1803 and 1809 to May 11, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During this month’s Patch Tuesday, the following versions and editions of Windows 10 received EoS:
- Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and Pro for Education, all versions; and Windows Server, version 1909, all editions
- Except for Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 and Windows 10 IoT Core/Enterprise 2019 LTSC, Windows 10 version 1809 is included in both versions.
- Both versions of Windows 10, version 1803 and Windows Server, version 1803
Windows 10 editions still under support include:
- Windows 10, version 1909, Education, Enterprise, and IoT Enterprise editions (EoS on May 11, 2022).
- LTSC 2019 for Windows 10 Enterprise and LTSC 2019 for Windows 10 IoT Core/Enterprise
The Windows 10 Home and Pro Lifecycle website, the Windows 10 Enterprise and Education Lifecycle page, and the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy discovery tool provides more detail on EoS dates for officially supported versions of Windows 10.
Windows 10 2004 in broad deployment
Starting in February 2021, Microsoft added Windows 10 2004 to the vast distribution channel, making it available to all through Windows Update.
Last week, Microsoft released the final compatibility hold that prevented Windows 10 computers with Conexant or Synaptics hardware from upgrading to Windows 10 versions 2004 or 20H2. A select group of consumers will now update to Windows 10, version 20H2, the most recent version announced by Redmond.
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