Microsoft will support Windows 10 till 2025

Microsoft today confirmed that it will continue its traditional 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10 meaning, the new operating system will be supported till 2025. A lot of discussions, speculations were going on about how long Microsoft will provide free updates for Windows 10. Some were speculating that it will start charging Windows 10 users for updates, 2 to 4 years after its release. All these rumors of Windows 10 upgrade being not actually free, were put to rest as Microsoft has updated its Windows lifecycle fact sheet page.

Windows 10 End of Support

Windows 10 LifeCycle

Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. End of Support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. So without Microsoft support, your OS will no longer receive security updates that can make your PC vulnerable from harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

There is a difference between mainstream and extended support. The 10 year support life cycle for Windows 10 consists of the 5-year mainstream support phase which begins with the release date that is 29th July 2015. And another 5-year extended support phase begins in 2020 and it’ll go up to October 2025.

There will be no charges for updates during the supported phase. It is possible that all features in future version of Windows may not work in all devices. For example, the new Windows Hello feature will be supported on few handful devices at launch. But those devices will still get security fixes and other supported feature updates. And this has been cleared in the footnote of the chart as can be seen in the full text of the footnote below:

Updates are cumulative, with each update built upon all of the updates that preceded it. A device needs to install the latest update to remain supported. Updates may include new features, fixes (security and/or non-security), or a combination of both. Not all features in an update will work on all devices. A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period. Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator (e.g., for cellular-capable devices), or hardware capabilities (including, e.g., free disk space).

But one thing is still not clear that what will happens after Windows 10 completes 2 or 3 years. As in the past, that is the time when a new version of Windows take its place in the support lifecycle chart. One has to wait and see.

Source: Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet.

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Vasudev G. is a Technology Enthusiast. He is a Windows Insider MVP and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products.


  1. Hadrian Embalsado

    Let’s see what happens.

  2. Georgevich

    I don’t understand..

    In some other posts here in TheWindowsClub, is mentioned that windows 10
    will be the last operating system by microsoft.
    So, after 10 years, what??
    Microsoft will stop create operating systems?

  3. vasudevG

    Not after 10 years…after 2-3 years, or even just after final release of Windows 10 to public, what next?

  4. You may not see a Windows 11, but what you will see are faster, smaller, more incremental upgrades regularly. Security updates may be free for 10 years. After this you may be required to pay for support. You may have to pay to install the newer feature updates, and upgrade your OS. See:

  5. Arun Kumar

    This is something I was not expecting. Windows 10 has been said to be the last operating system from Microsoft. What could end of support mean? Will they keep extending “extended support” as they do for XP and charge high?
    Or will they get out of operating system? 10 years is a good amount of time coming to technology. By then, PCs will be out of business so mobile operating systems will be selling more. Windows 10 supports mobile and could be used for a longer period. What confuses me is declaration of “end of support” that contradicts with “windows as a service” and “windows is last operating system”. Will Microsoft wait or watch how technology moves or is it phasing out of OS business? This needs more explanation from Microsoft.

  6. Alberto Gorin

    be interesting in how apple and Linux will they be still developing operating systems

  7. In 10 years, Windows 10 will be old even with new features added here n there. A decade of this OS & we’ll be screaming for something better so the end of support is nothing to be afraid of. MS will continue to make OS’s and we will continue to use Windows of the future….

  8. Aftab

    Microsoft would be changing its name by 2025

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