With Windows 10 nearly reaching its end of life cycle, it’s best to consider upgrading to Windows 11 which will still be supported for many years.
Windows 10 end of life – Some time ago we covered an article related to Microsoft Decides Windows 10 22H2 Will Be Its Final. Inside the article, we found out that Microsoft Windows 10 22H2, which was released back in last year’s Fall, is confirmed to be the last Windows 10 major update.
It means that, once Microsoft has done supporting Windows 10 22H2, there won’t be any more updates including found security and exploits after Microsoft pulled off the plug— essentially meeting its Windows 10 End of Life (EoL). For most users, this would result in them being left vulnerable to any form of attack.
We still have time
Fortunately, things are not so gloomy because Microsoft has always provided support for its Windows release for about 10 years. The exception is made for Windows 7 due to it being so popular and the transition from Windows 7 to 8 was clouded with controversies.
Windows 10 was first released back on 29 July 2015, this means that we still have about 2 more years before Windows 10 EoL drops. For the record, Windows 10 21H2 support officially ended just several days ago and for those who haven’t upgraded, we encourage you to at least upgrade to the 22H2 version of Windows 10.
Alternatively, you can also opt on upgrading to Windows 11 right away. Microsoft guarantees that everyone who is holding Windows 10 keys; even 7 can upgrade their operating system to 11 without any form of extra charge. Windows 11 release date was dated back in 5 October 2021 and since then has received lots of updates and fixes to make it more stable and reliable.
How to upgrade to Windows 11
As mentioned before, Windows 11 upgrades are free for those who are already in Windows 10 or holding Windows 7 product keys. However, those who are still on Windows 7 are required to do a fresh install of Windows 11.
For Windows 10 users, the method is quite straightforward as you can upgrade your system directly without having to do a fresh install.
The first step that you need to do is to check whether your computer is compatible with Windows 11. You can do that by downloading PC Health Check.
If it’s compatible, you can go ahead and back up your files. Ideally, this step is not necessary as Windows will transfer any of your files automatically— however, it’s best to take precautions in case something happens.
Once everything is set up, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates. The upgrade should be available and you can proceed by pressing download and install it.
After everything is done, your device might need to restart to apply your new operating system and after that, you should have Windows 11 on your system. One thing to note is that, depending on your internet speed and computer specification, it might take a while for the upgrade to complete.
With Windows 10 nearly reaching its end of life cycle, it’s best to consider upgrading to Windows 11 which will still be supported for many years. This is mainly because once an operating system is no longer supported, they are prone to security and vulnerable attacks.
If you are still yet to be ready on leaving Windows 10 behind, Microsoft still gives at least 2 years of support before they pull the plug for good. Just be sure that you are in the latest major version of Windows 10 (22H2) as the 21H2 is no longer supported.