Support for Windows 10 21H1 ending in December
Microsoft reminded customers that all editions of Windows 10, version 21H1, will reach end of servicing (EOS) on December 13, 2022.
This recall follows another warning issued last month that this version of Windows is reaching its retirement date on December 13, 2022.
Microsoft said in an update to the Windows Health Dashboard that systems running Windows 10 21H1 (also known as the May 2021 Update) will no longer receive security updates.
Customers using it should upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible to avoid exposing their systems to attacks exploiting unpatched security vulnerabilities.
“The December 2022 security update, released on December 13, is the last update available for these versions. After this date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protections against the latest security threats”, Microsoft Explain.
“Customers who contact Microsoft Support after this date will be prompted to update their device to the latest version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 to remain supported,” Redmond said in a separate accompanying document.
The full list of Windows 10 21H1 editions reaching end of service includes:
- Windows 10 Enterprise, version 21H1
- Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session, version 21H1
- Windows 10 Education, version 21H1
- Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 21H1
- Windows 10 Home, version 21H1
- Windows 10 Professional, version 21H1
- Windows 10 Pro Education, version 21H1
- Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, version 21H1
Forced updates before EOS?
Microsoft will likely soon begin forcing feature updates through Windows Update on unmanaged consumer and business devices running Windows 10 21H1 as EOS approaches to ensure they will always receive security updates. reviews.
“We recommend updating your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrading eligible devices to Windows 11,” Microsoft added.
The company announced in January that it had begun a forced rollout of Windows 10 21H2 (the latest version of Windows 10) to more devices coming into retirement.
Windows 10 21H2 was slated for a broad rollout in April, making it available to everyone through Windows Update. Windows 11 22H2 is now also available to all researchers on eligible devices since entering a new rollout phase on Tuesday, October 4.
You can check if your device is eligible and can be upgraded to the latest version of Windows 11 using the PC health check app or by comparing your system specifications with Windows 11 Requirements List.
More details about end of service dates for supported versions of Windows are available in the Windows Lifecycle FAQthe Windows 10 Maintenance Frequently Asked Questionsand the Lifecycle policy search tool.
Microsoft also recalled customers on Tuesday that Windows 8.1 will also reach end of support on January 10, 2023 and will not offer an Extended Security Update (ESU) program.