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Windows 10: The End of an Era

Windows 10, the most popular operating system in the world, is nearing its end of support date. Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 will reach end of support on October 14, 2025, and that the current version, 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10. This means that after October 14, 2025, Windows 10 users will no longer receive security updates, bug fixes, or feature enhancements from Microsoft.



Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows 10? The answer is simple: Windows 11. Microsoft is preparing to launch its next-generation operating system, Windows 11, which promises to offer a fresh and modern user interface, improved performance and security, and new features such as Android app support, Snap layouts, and widgets. Windows 11 is expected to be released in late 2023, according to leaked documents, and will be available as a free upgrade for eligible Windows 10 devices.



However, not all Windows 10 devices will be able to run Windows 11. Microsoft has set some minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, which include:



  • A compatible 8th generation 64-bit processor (or newer) with at least two cores and a clock speed of 1 GHz or higher

  • At least 4 GB of RAM

  • At least 64 GB of storage space

  • A Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0 chip

  • A graphics card that supports DirectX 12 or later with a WDDM 2.0 driver

  • A high-definition (720p) display that is at least 9 inches diagonally

  • A compatible keyboard and mouse or touch input device

  • An internet connection and a Microsoft account for initial setup and updates


If your device does not meet these requirements, you will not be able to upgrade to Windows 11. You can check if your device is compatible with Windows 11 by using the PC Health Check app from Microsoft.


What should you do if your device is not compatible with Windows 11? You have a few options:


  • You can continue using Windows 10 until October 14, 2025, but be aware that you will not receive any updates or support from Microsoft after that date. This could expose your device to security risks and performance issues.

  • You can buy a new device that meets the requirements for Windows 11 and transfer your data and settings from your old device. This could be costly but also give you access to the latest features and benefits of Windows 11.

  • You can switch to another operating system, such as Linux or macOS, depending on your preferences and needs. This could require some learning and adaptation but also offer you more choice and flexibility.


If would like to know if your laptop or desktop is compatible with Windows 11, please contact us to help.


Whatever you decide to do, you should plan ahead and prepare for the end of Windows 10 support. Windows 10 has been a great operating system for millions of users around the world, but it is time to say goodbye and welcome the new era of Windows 11.

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