Microsoft to let Windows 10 home users buy Extended Security Updates

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Microsoft says that all Windows 10 barter (including home users) will be able to pay for three added years of aegis updates through the company’s Extended Security Updates (ESU) affairs afterwards the end of abutment (EOS) date.

After Windows 10 reaches the end of support on October 14, 2025, Microsoft will no best accommodate users with abstruse abetment or bug fixes for new issues affecting their systems' security, stability, or usability.

The accessible Windows 10 22H2 adaptation is the final Windows release, with all editions to abide to accept account aegis updates until the EOS date.

Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) releases accouterment to specialized devices, such as those authoritative medical or automated equipment, will accept updates above October 2025, according to their lifecycles.

For instance, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 reaches its Extended End Date on January 9, 2029, while Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 will reach its Mainstream End Date on January 12, 2027 (with continued abutment for the IoT Enterprise copy only).

Microsoft advises IT administrators who appetite Windows 10 accessories on their arrangement to accumulate accepting capital bug fixes and aegis updates to advancement acceptable systems to Windows 11 or drift to Windows 11 in the billow with Windows 365.

For Windows 365 clients, ESUs will be accessible to Windows 10 accessories affiliated to Windows 11 Cloud PCs after any added charges. Microsoft will additionally action ESUs at no added amount for Windows 10 instances aural Azure Virtual Desktop environments (consumption excluded).

According to Statcounter Global Stats data, over 68% of all Windows systems are still active Windows 10, while alone 26% of them run Windows 11.

Windows 10 bazaar shareWindows 10 bazaar allotment (Statcounter Global Stats)

Windows 10 ESU affairs additionally accessible for home users

Customers who don't appetite to advancement to Windows 11 or who don't accept an acceptable accessory can subscribe to the accessible ESU program.

"While we acerb acclaim affective to Windows 11, we accept there are affairs that could anticipate you from replacing Windows 10 accessories afore the EOS date. Therefore, Microsoft will action Extended Security Updates," said Jason Leznek, Principal Product Manager for Windows Servicing and Delivery.

"The ESU affairs for Windows 10 will accommodate analytical and/or important aegis updates. ESUs do not accommodate new features, customer-requested non-security updates, or architecture change requests."

The aggregation additionally told BleepingComputer that, for the aboriginal time, home users will additionally be able to buy Windows 10 ESU subscriptions.

However, Redmond has yet to allotment appraisement details, with added advice to be appear later.

"Stay acquainted for added ESU affairs updates as we access availability, including an ESU affairs for alone consumers," Leznek said.