In January 2022, Microsoft’s official Twitter account announced that the company would start automatically updating devices running Windows 10 version 20H2 to Windows version 21H2.
Windows 10 version 20H2 was originally released in late 2020. The second feature updates for Windows 10 have always been supported by Microsoft for 18 months, which means that Windows 10 version 20H2 will be supported until May 2022.
Microsoft has switched the releases for Windows 10 and Windows 11 to a single feature update per year. Consumer versions of these systems receive 24 months of support instead of just 18 months.
Support for Windows 10 Version 20H2 will officially end in May 2022. Microsoft will not release any updates for consumer versions of the operating system after the May 2022 Patch Day on May 10, 2022.
A new support announcement on the Microsoft Lifecycle website notifies customers of the end of maintenance.
All consumer versions of Windows 10 will reach end of maintenance in May 2022. Microsoft specifically names the following editions of Windows 10 Version 20H2:
- Windows 10 Home version 20H2
- Windows 10 Pro, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Pro Education, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Pro for workstations, version 20H2
The Enterprise editions – Windows 10 Enterprise, Education and IoT Enterprise, version 20H2 – will continue to be supported until May 9, 2023.
Customers contacting Microsoft Support are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10 to continue receiving support.
These editions will no longer receive security updates after May 10, 2022. Customers contacting Microsoft Support after this date will be instructed to update their device to the latest version of Windows 10 to continue receiving support.
Devices with automatic updates enabled will automatically receive the Windows 10 Version 21H2 feature update at a specified time in the coming weeks and months. Windows administrators can always manually check for updates to install a newer version of Windows 10 or Windows 11 if the device is compatible.
If Windows Update doesn’t show new feature updates or upgrading to Windows 11, you may need to manually update to a new version of Windows to keep the device supported with security updates. Microsoft’s Windows Update Assistant tool helps update systems manually
The company plans to release Windows 10 version 22H2 later this year.
Now you: what version of windows, if any, are you using?