Windows 10 version 21H1, also known as the Windows 10 May 2021 Update, will reach end of support in three months. The company is reminding customers that it will stop providing support to all editions of Windows 10 version 21H1 on December 13, and it will no longer receive security patches after that date.
Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 version 21H1 to all users back in May last year. It was a pretty minor update, with fewer notable features than the previous releases. These include multi-camera support for Windows Hello and Windows Defender Application Guard improvements. This update also added enhancements for the Windows Management Instrumentation Group Policy Service.
If you’re still running Windows 10 version 21H1, Microsoft recommends installing version 21H2 (the November 2021 Update) or Windows 11 to continue getting quality and security updates on your PCs. Windows 10 version 21H2 doesn’t include any significant changes, and the migration process should take less than 10 minutes. Microsoft detailed on its product lifecycle page that the update will get 18 months of support.
Microsoft is also getting ready to release Windows 10 version 22H2 in the next few weeks. The company is already testing this update with insiders in the Release Preview ring, but the new features aren’t live yet. Microsoft will keep releasing “major” Windows 10 updates every year in the fall through 2025.
Moreover, Microsoft plans to service Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025, for users who can’t upgrade to Windows 11 right now. This should help consumers and enterprise customers with devices that don’t meet the minimum hardware requirements for the operating system. Let us know in the comments below if you’re still running Windows 10 on your PCs.