Microsoft to End Windows 11 version 21H2 Support on October 10


Microsoft is getting ready to end support for Windows 11 version 21H2. The company updated its support life cycle page to remind customers that the original version of the operating system will reach the end of servicing deadline on October 10, 2023.

Microsoft detailed that the upcoming end of support affects the Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions of Windows 11 version 21H2. This means that these versions of the OS would be vulnerable to malware and other security threats. Microsoft recommends customers to upgrade their PCs to Windows 11 version 22H2 (the Windows 11 2022 Update).

“These editions will no longer receive security updates after October 10, 2023. Customers who contact Microsoft Support after this date will be directed to update their device to the latest version of Windows 11 to remain supported,” Microsoft explained.

Microsoft begins auto-updating Windows 11 version 21H2 PCs to version 22H2

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it will begin automatically updating Windows 11 users to version 22H2. However, the automatic updates will happen gradually on consumer and non-managed business Windows 11 devices. Microsoft has also published a guide to help customers address any issues during the upgrade process.

Microsoft is expected to announce a new version of Windows 11 later this year. This update should bring some significant changes such as Windows Copilot, a revamped File Explorer, taskbar ungrouping support, an improved backup and restore experience, and a Windows Spotlight feature. This release will also include a new Dev Drive and Dev Home integration, native 7z and RAR support, built-in RGB lighting controls, as well as dark mode support for Microsoft Paint.