Windows 10 21H1 maintenance will stop, what do you need to know?

Windows 10 is still part of the Microsoft catalog. This operating system is supported until October 2025. While waiting for this fateful date, the giant is gradually abandoning older versions of the OS.

The next appointment is set for next month with the final abandonment of Windows 10 21H1. The December 2022 Patch Tuesday will be its last maintenance. Then no more updates will concern it. The PCs concerned have been invited for several weeks to adopt a more recent version of Windows 10 in order to remain protected. Microsoft also recommends upgrading to Windows 11 if the configuration meets the hardware requirements.

As we pointed out, its latest pack of updates will roll out on December 13th. Microsoft explains

On December 13, 2022, all editions of Windows 10 21H1 will reach end of servicing. The December 2022 security update that will be released on December 13 will be the last update available for this release. After this date, devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protections against the latest security threats

Windows 10 21H1, what will happen?

Without maintenance, the discovered flaws will not be plugged. From a security perspective, this environment will become critical over time. The same will apply to problems, failures and bugs discovered. Microsoft won’t fix anything anymore.

It is important to underline that the adoption of a more recent version will become mandatory. Microsoft plans to perform forced upgrades. Clearly the American firm decides to upgrade your Windows 10 21H1 PC to ensure that your data remains protected.

The operation will be done through the Windows Update service. The download and installation will happen in the background while a reboot will be required for the changes to take effect.

Microsoft clarified

To help keep devices protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for devices running Home and Professional (non-domain bound) editions of Windows 10 21H1 that are nearing End of Service Life. This will allow these devices to continue to be supported in order to receive monthly updates critical to the security and health of the ecosystem. Remember, you and your users can choose a convenient time for devices to restart and complete the update while still being productive.

Finally, if the configuration allows the transition to Windows 11, this will remain optional. It will be necessary to intervene manually in Windows Update to authorize and start the update process.

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