Microsoft has issued a reminder to its user base that multiple versions of Windows 11, specifically the 21H2 edition, are due to reach the end of service in just three months, on October 10, 2023. This information applies to the Windows 11 21H2 versions released in October 2021, which include the Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions.
Microsoft stated on Monday, “After October 10, 2023, these editions will no longer receive security updates.” Users seeking assistance after this date will be directed by Microsoft to update their devices to the newest Windows 11 version for continued support.
Beyond the stipulated end-of-service date, Windows 10 21H2 devices running the Home and Pro editions will no longer receive security or monthly quality updates, which generally include fixes and patches for new bugs and security vulnerabilities.
It’s important to note that you don’t need to navigate this transition alone. Dunetrails is here to help businesses smoothly update their devices and assist in managing their Windows devices. By choosing Dunetrails’ managed service, businesses can completely eliminate worries about Windows updates and focus on their core operations, knowing their IT environment is in expert hands.
Several versions of Windows 10 21H2 (the Windows November 10, 2021, Update) also reached their end-of-service status earlier this month. Microsoft provides a list of all its products slated to end their service or be retired in the forthcoming months. Users looking for specific end-of-service dates or additional information can refer to the Windows Lifecycle FAQ and the Lifecycle Policy search tool.
In related news, the Windows 11 22H2 version, or the Windows 11 2022 Update, has begun broad distribution to eligible Windows devices. To confirm Windows 11 upgrade eligibility, users can refer to the Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements, or use the PC Health Check app.
Crucially, Microsoft has started to forcibly install this update on devices currently running Windows 11 21H2, which is rapidly approaching its end-of-service date. Here, too, Dunetrails is available to provide comprehensive support and guidance, ensuring your business experiences a seamless transition.