PSA: Windows 10 version 21H2 Enterprise and Education Editions Set to Reach End of Support Next Month

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Key Takeaways:

  • Windows 10 version 21H2 will reach end of support in June 2024.
  • Microsoft recommends users to upgrade to Windows 10 version 22H2 for continued security patching.
  • Microsoft will automatically install Windows 10 version 22H2 on non-managed business PCs in the coming weeks to facilitate the transition.

Microsoft is warning customers still using Windows 10 version 21H2 that it will soon reach end of support. The consumer editions of Windows 10 version 21H2 already reached end of servicing last year, and June 2024 will mark the end of support for enterprise and education customers for the operating system.

Microsoft plans to release the last security update for enterprise, education, and IoT enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 21H2 on June 11. After this date, the company will no longer provide security patches and bug fixes for affected Windows 10 devices. However, Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021 until January 12, 2027.

Microsoft advises customers currently running Windows 10 version 21H2 to upgrade to version 22H2 to continue receiving security patches beyond June 2024. These security updates help to ensure protection against critical vulnerabilities on Windows 10 PCs. Microsoft will begin force-installing Windows 10 version 22H2 on non-managed business PCs in the next few weeks.

“To help keep you protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for Windows 10 business devices not managed by IT departments when these are nearing end of servicing. Moving to Windows 10, version 22H2 keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health,” Microsoft explained.

Microsoft urges upgrade to Windows 10 version 22H2

Microsoft says that administrators will need to upgrade managed devices to Windows 10 version 22H2. Additionally, the company urges IT admins to consider migrating all eligible devices meeting the minimum hardware requirements to Windows 11.

Microsoft will officially end support for Windows 10 version 22H2 on October 14, 2025. The company will offer extended security updates for both businesses and enterprise customers for up to three years. The pricing starts at $61 for the first year and doubles to $122 and $244 in the second and third years, respectively.