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Windows 10 Will Discontinue Support in 2025: What You Need to Know

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Next year, Windows 10 will reach the end of its lifecycle. By the end of October 2025, Microsoft’s OS will no longer receive free updates and support as the company transitions its attention to Windows 11—and potentially Windows 12. This marks the end of regular security updates for Windows 10 that help protect your applications and data.

Why You Should Update to Windows 11

Long term, if you don’t take action, you could leave your organization open to ransomware, hardware vulnerabilities, or compliance violations. To ensure that there is no gap in support, you will need to upgrade to Windows 11 (which is free for eligible PCs at the moment). If your hardware is not compatible with Windows 11, you can replace the hardware itself, in order to support the new operating system.

Windows 11 offers the latest in technology and interface design. At a glance, Windows 11 provides users with improved (included) apps, higher resistance to malware, modern widgets, more snap layout options for task organization, and more.

If you’re looking to upgrade to Windows 11 right now, it’s easy and free. Windows 11 launched in 2021, and is a suitable change for those transitioning out of Windows 10. If you choose to keep Windows 10, you may be left vulnerable to malicious attacks that prey on abandonware. 

The Cons of Not Updating Your System

If you or your organization are set in your ways and prefer to continue to use Windows 10 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to malicious attacks and viruses. You will be running the risk of a cybercriminal easily accessing your old system.

It’s also important to note that over time, the longer you wait to update your system after the free support has ended, the more vulnerable your system becomes. Abandonware cannot adapt to new forms of ransomware and viruses, so as time goes on, your system will only grow weaker in security.

Make The Switch with Help from The Experts at Exact IT

Bottom line? Technology is ever-changing, and if you want to maintain a high level of security for your business, you’re going to need to roll with the changes. Trust the team of experts at Exact IT to help you upgrade your OS and protect your sensitive data for years to come. Reach out to us today to make the switch.

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