When Is Windows 10 End of Life?

Unlike previous versions, Windows 10 will live indefinitely

Microsoft won't be implementing the same end of life process for Windows 10 that it has for previous versions of Windows. There's no forthcoming Windows version to install. Instead, as a Windows 10 user, you just need to continue to allow Windows 10 to update itself indefinitely. Older versions of Windows 10 will reach end of service, but this will be largely irrelevant if you keep Windows 10 updated.

Windows 10 logo painted on a red brick wall.

What Does End of Life Mean?

Previous versions of Windows were subject to Microsoft’s software lifecycle. Microsoft states, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.” 

Why Is Windows 10 Different?

Windows 10 was developed to be an as-a-service application, meaning you don't have to worry about installing new versions or updates. The process is similar to, say, the browser you use, which gets updated periodically without any attention or effort on your part. These updates include regular improvements meant to make Windows easier to use.

How Can I Make Sure I Have the Latest Update?

If you’ve been using Windows 10 for some time, it’s likely you’ve noticed major or minor updates every few weeks. But if you’re still not sure, you can force Windows 10 to update by using the following process:

  1. In the bottom-left corner of your screen, select the Windows logo. From the menu, choose the Settings (gear) icon.

    Windows desktop with main menu displayed
  2. On the Windows Settings screen, select Update & Security.

    Windows Settings screen
  3. At the top of the Windows Update screen, check your update status. If you’re up-to-date, you don’t need to do anything else. If you’re not completely updated, select Check for updates and follow the instructions from there.

    Windows Update screen
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