Microsoft update Windows 10 21H2 users automatically after end of support in June
Microsoft has recently notified its users through the updated Windows Message Center that the support for Windows 10 version 21H2 will end next month.
This means that users will no longer receive any security updates or additional features after that time. As of early 2021, Microsoft shifted its Windows 10 feature update cycle to an annual cycle, and guaranteed that updates will be provided until October 2025.
Automatic Upgrade to Windows 10 Version 22H2
Following the conclusion of support for Windows 10 Version 21H2, Microsoft will automatically update users to Windows 10 Version 22H2, even if they have not expressed a preference for it. This upgrade will occur at an unspecified time after the end of support.
Implications of Support Discontinuation
Upon the arrival of the June 2023 security update, the Windows 10 21H2 Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro Workstation editions will cease to receive servicing and support. Consequently, they will no longer receive security and preview updates aimed at safeguarding against security threats.
Extended Security Updates and Third-Party Patches
While Windows 10 Version 22H2 will be the final version of the operating system, it will continue to receive security updates until October 14, 2025. However, enterprise users will have a few additional years of support. Users who continue to utilize Windows 10 beyond the designated date may need to seek patches from third-party entities like 0patch to ensure ongoing security protection.
Transition to Windows 11
Although Microsoft is pushing for the adoption of Windows 11, it is presently enforcing the upgrade to Windows 10 Version 22H2 for those using the outdated version. This approach aligns with Microsoft’s goal of encouraging users to migrate to the newer operating system.
Changes to Licensing
As of January, Microsoft has ceased selling licenses for Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Workstation through its website for consumer digital downloads. Therefore, devices running these versions will no longer get monthly security and preview updates from Microsoft, demanding other methods to protect against the latest security threats.
Announcing the update, Microsoft posted:
Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations (version 21H2) will stop getting updates after June 13, 2023. The final update will be on that date. Devices with these versions will be exposed to security risks after that. Windows Update will automatically upgrade Windows 10 consumer and non-managed business devices that are close to or past the end of servicing date.