Windows 10 version 21H1 only has three months to live

September 15, 2022

Another year, another Windows set for sunset. This time around, the OS version that is set for retirement is Windows 10 21H1. It will soon bite the dust in a matter of months.

Three, to be exact.

Microsoft has started notifying users who are rocking this version of the operating system that it plans to stop supporting all editions of Windows 10 21H1 on December 13, 2022. Beyond this date, the operating system will not receive any patches or security updates.

Customers, therefore, will be forced to opt for a newer release like 21H2.

Or, you know, Windows 11.

Given that this OS version is about to reach the end of support, Microsoft will most likely start forcing these users to update to a newer, supported version of the operating system.

That’s because the company allows Windows users to stay on their preferred release as long as it remains supported. But a few months before retirement, the inevitable migration process kicks in automatically.

According to the June 2022 report from AdDuplex, Windows 10 21H1 still commands a very respectable market share—around 21%. This means that a big chunk of these users will either update their operating system themselves or watch Microsoft do it for them.

Windows 10 itself, however, is not in danger of reaching the end of support. Redmond has confirmed plans to support it until October 14, 2025.

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