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The end of the line for Windows 10

by Lyndon Doyle - Wed 24 May 2023

Windows 10, Microsoft's popular operating system, is approaching the end of its lifecycle. The current release, version 22H2, has been confirmed as the final one, and support for the platform is scheduled to end on October 14, 2025.

In an update to its client roadmap, Microsoft revealed that there will be no further feature updates for Windows 10. This means that the current version, 22H2, will be the last build of this iteration of Windows.  While the exact timeline for updates leading up to the final cutoff was unclear, Microsoft's Principal Product Manager for Windows Servicing and Delivery, Jason Leznek, addressed this by stating, "We realise that a clear Windows client roadmap update helps consumers and organisations with planning their Windows release activities."

The good news is that all editions of Windows 10 will continue to receive monthly security updates until the end of support in October 2025. Additionally, long-term servicing channel (LTSC) releases will receive updates beyond that date according to their specific lifecycles.

However, Microsoft has strongly encouraged users to transition to Windows 11, as no further feature updates will be provided for Windows 10. This transition may pose challenges for some users as Windows 11 has specific hardware requirements, such as a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 and UEFI firmware with Secure Boot. As a result, some users will be unable to upgrade to Windows 11 on their existing systems. In fact, research conducted by asset management provider Lansweeper found that nearly 43 percent of devices studied were unable to upgrade due to these hardware requirements.

One of the biggest challenges for businesses is the minimum hardware requirements for TPM 2.0 support. The minimum supported device is a computer with an Intel 8th Generation Processor, first released in 2017, or a computer with a select group of older AMD Athlon or newer AMD Ryzen CPUs. Many businesses use computers that do not have this functionality built in. They may not want to upgrade their hardware due to increased costs, or their current hardware may simply meet their needs.

The frequent updates to Windows 10 have been a mixed bag for users. While they bring potential benefits, such as improved security and new features, there is also the risk of compatibility issues and user interface changes that can frustrate users who have grown accustomed to the way things work.

As Windows 10 nears its end, users and organisations are advised to consider the implications and prepare for the transition to Windows 11, keeping in mind the hardware requirements and the benefits that the new operating system can bring.

With software requiring more resources than ever, it's easy to see the Windows 11 minimum requirements as a way to force you to buy a new computer. However, with the advances in technology since the release of 7th Generation hardware 6 years ago, upgrading your computer can actually save you time and money in the long run. Newer hardware, faster hard drives, and quicker memory can make a big difference in your company's day-to-day operations, as your staff will be able to get their work done more quickly and efficiently.

Mark One has recently launched a new MOT service that provides a comprehensive check of your IT systems. This service can help you identify areas of your business that could benefit from an upgrade, highlight the age of your current hardware, and provide you with the information you need to be proactive and make informed decisions about your IT needs in the immediate and future financial years.

If you would like to know more about our MOT service or discuss the options available to you, we are happy to help - call 01935 411319 or email: We will provide you with the best advice and work with you to ensure that you get the most out of modern day computing systems. Help you, your staff, and your business achieve more in the working day.

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