Versions Of Windows 10 Stop Receiving Security Updates. On the heels of the May 2021 Patch Tuesday release, Microsoft has flagged specific versions of Windows 10 that will no longer receive security updates.
These include versions 1803, 1809, and 1909.
If you’re currently using any of those, you’ll want to update to a later version to continue to take advantage of security updates as they are released.
Given the plethora of Windows 10 variants currently in use, the above is a gross oversimplification.
Here are the Window 10 you’ll want to watch out for:
For version of Windows 10 which stop receiving updates are 1803, Windows 10 Home and Windows Server 1803 will no longer receive support.
For Version 1809, all editions except Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 and Windows 10 IoT Core/Enterprise 2019.
For Windows 10, version 1909:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
- Windows 10 Pro for Education
- And Windows Server 1909
For their part, Microsoft is seeking to make the transition as seamless and straightforward as possible.
Microsoft had this to say on the topic:
“Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for Windows 10 consumer devices and non-managed business devices that are at or within several months of reaching the end of service. You can choose a convenient time for your device to reboot and complete the update for these devices. This keeps your device supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health.
After May 11, 2021, these devices will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that contain protection from the latest security threats. To continue receiving security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of Windows 10.”
One final point to note here is the fact that the last update for machines running Windows 10 1803 will automatically install the company’s Chromium-based Edge browser, whether you want it or not. Just be aware of that fact.