Windows 10 version 20H2: Home and Pro reach end of support on May 10, 2022
Microsoft will end support for the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 version 20H2 on May 10, 2022. The operating system will receive its final batch of updates on May 2022 Patch Tuesday before the updates roll out. are no longer published for him.
End of support is for Home editions of Windows 10 version 20H2 only. Education, Enterprise, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10 version 20H2 are still supported until May 9, 2023.
Point: Open the Run dialog box with the Windows-R shortcut, type winver and press the Enter key to display the current version of Windows on the screen. Check out the full list of useful Windows tools like winver here.
System administrators have at least one upgrade option to ensure that devices running Windows 10 version 20H2 remain supported:
- Upgrade to Windows 10 version 21H1 or Windows 10 version 21H2.
- Upgrade to Windows 11.
Upgrade to Windows 10
Note that Microsoft announced in early 2022 that it was forcibly installing Windows 10 version 21H2 on 20H2 devices.
Upgrading to a newer version of Windows 10 is the direct path. It shouldn’t be blocked because the system requirements are the same and because Microsoft doesn’t list any upgrade blockers for these new versions of Windows 10. Also, updates should install more like updates monthly rollups than full updates, thanks to the smaller nature of the latter. updates. Windows 10 versions 21H1 and 21H2 introduced only minor changes, which means that users will experience fewer problems after the upgrade.
We recommend that you upgrade to Windows 10 version 21H2 immediately. The operating system version has a longer support phase than Windows 10 version 21H1. Most systems running Windows 10 version 20H2 should see the upgrade in Windows Update when they open the tool.
- Select Start > Settings.
- Go to Update & Security.
- Click the Check for updates button.
The upgrade should be offered now. You may need to click on the download and install button to start the process.
Recommended: Back up your system’s primary drive and all important data before proceeding. There’s always a risk that something can go wrong, and having a backup handy from which you can restore data may be the last resort you have in some scenarios. We use the free Paragon Backup & Recovery program for this, but you can use any other that has the same capabilities.
Upgrade to Windows 11
Upgrading to Windows 11 may not be available through Windows Update; it depends on device capabilities and whether they meet Windows 11 system requirements. Windows 11 upgrade takes longer and users may need some time to adapt their workflows to the new system. Changes, such as moving the Start menu button or center-aligned taskbar, can be undone, but some changes, such as not being able to move the taskbar to the side, cannot.
you can run Microsoft PC Health Checker Tool to know if a PC is compatible with Windows 11 or third-party tools such as Windows 11 Check & Enable, Windows 11 Requirements Check Tool or Win11SysCheck and WhyNotWin11.
If a PC is not compatible, it is not possible to install Windows 11 via Windows Update. There are ways, which usually involve using third-party tools like Rufus to download and prepare Windows 11 installation media to circumvent some of the requirements.
Now you: What version of Windows are you using (if any)?