When Is Windows 10 End of Life?

How to manage the last Windows

Update Windows 10 Screen
The Windows Update page shows you if you are up to date.

Karen Marcus

Microsoft will not be implementing the same end of life process for Windows 10 that it has for previous versions of Windows. There is no forthcoming Windows version to install. Instead, Windows 10 users will need to continue allowing Windows 10 to update itself indefinitely. Older versions of Windows 10 will reach end of service, but this will be largely irrelevant for users who keep Windows 10 updated.

What Does End of Life Mean?

Previous versions of Windows were subject to Microsoft’s software lifecycle. Microsoft states, “Every Windows product has a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.” 

Why Is Windows 10 Different?

Windows 10 was developed to be an as-a-service application, meaning the user doesn’t have to worry about installing new versions or updates. The process is similar to, say, the browser that you use, which gets updated periodically without any effort on your part. These updates include regular improvements meant to make Windows easier to use.

How Can I Make Sure I Have the Latest Update?

If you’ve been using Windows 10 for some time, it’s likely you’ve noticed major or minor updates every few weeks. But if you’re still not sure, you can force Windows 10 to update by using the following procedure:

  1. Go to Windows Settings.
  2. Click Update & Security. You will be taken to a Windows Update screen.
  3. At the top of the screen, check your update status. If you’re up-to-date, you don’t need to do anything else.
  4. If you’re not completely updated, click Check for updates and follow the instructions from there.
  5. Once you’re all updated you can modify other update settings from the Windows Update screen. Just click the links under Update settings and make adjustments according to your preferences.