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Microsoft's Upcoming Change: Paying for Windows 10 Updates

In a recent announcement, Microsoft revealed a significant change in its approach to Windows 10. Starting from October 14, 2025, Microsoft will no longer provide free support and security updates for this operating system.

Now, the notion of having to pay for updates might raise a few eyebrows. However, let's take a moment to put this in perspective. By 2025, Windows 10 will have been around for a decade, and it's quite likely that Microsoft will have introduced Windows 12 by then. Moreover, Windows 11 is already available today, showcasing Microsoft's continuous evolution.

Maintaining support for multiple old operating systems can be quite a challenge, even for a tech giant like Microsoft. So, as 2025 might seem a bit distant, it's a good idea to start considering your options now. Here they are:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11 Microsoft's preferred choice is for users to transition to Windows 11. This newer version offers impressive features and, best of all, free updates until it reaches its end of life.

Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and pay If you're particularly fond of Windows 10, you can choose to stick with it, but there's a catch – you'll need to pay for security updates (note that this won't include new features). While the exact cost remains uncertain, it's likely to be a subscription-based model with monthly update fees.

Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and don't update Yes, you can continue using Windows 10 without shelling out extra cash. However, this option is strongly discouraged. Without regular updates, your business's PCs will become vulnerable to various threats and security issues. What's more, without Microsoft's support to resolve problems, even tech-savvy users may find themselves in a tough spot. So, it's best to steer clear of this choice.

You have until October 2025 to make your decision, so there's no need to rush. Nevertheless, if you're aiming for your business to thrive in the coming years, we highly recommend considering an upgrade to Windows 11 sooner rather than later. By doing so, you'll gain access to features that could streamline your processes and simplify your team's tasks.

Whether you're contemplating the move to Windows 11 or exploring alternative options, we're here to assist you in making the transition smooth and hassle-free. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for guidance and support. Your business's digital future is important to us!

Until next time, keep fit and have fun!

(TYYV) The Yada Yada Version:

Microsoft will stop providing free support and security updates for Windows 10 after October 2025, giving users the options to upgrade to Windows 11, pay for Windows 10 security updates, or risk using an unsupported and vulnerable system.

Mitch Redekopp
Article Written by Mitch Redekopp

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