Microsoft today reminded customers that several editions of Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 1909 are rapidly approaching end of servicing (EOS).
In an updated support document today, Microsoft said Windows 10 20H2 (also known as October 2020 Update) will reach EOS on May 10, 2022.
This announcement applies to Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations users. It’s also worth noting that the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions will hit EOS on May 9, 2023.
In a separate notification, Redmond added that the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10 1909 will also reach end of service on May 10, 2022 (Windows 10 1909 Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations reached EOS in May). 2021).
“These editions will no longer receive security updates after May 10, 2022. Customers contacting Microsoft Support after this date will be prompted to update their device to the latest version of Windows 10 to remain supported,” explained Microsoft.
Forced updates for devices reaching EOS
Until these editions of Windows 10 1909 and 20H2 reach EOS, Windows Update will force feature updates on consumer devices and unmanaged business devices that reach the end of servicing.
This way, Microsoft ensures that these systems remain supported and receive critical monthly updates, security updates, and enhancements. When the feature update is launched, customers will be able to choose a convenient reboot time to complete the update.
More information regarding end of service dates for supported versions of Windows 10 can be found in the Windows Lifecycle FAQ, Windows 10 Servicing Frequently Asked Questions, and through the search tool Microsoft lifecycle policy.
Redmond also provides customers with a complete list of all products that have ended support or will be retired in 2022.
Forced deployment of Windows 10 21H2
On January 21, Microsoft announced that it had begun a forced rollout of Windows 10, version 21H2 to more devices reaching EOS as part of a first phase of machine learning (ML) training.
Windows 10 21H2 is also rolling out to Seekers (Windows users who manually check for updates) on Windows 10 2004 or later through a Quick Update experience very similar to Monthly Updates.
If you are using a version of Windows 10 close to EoS and you are not offered the automatic update, you must manually check for an update via the Windows Update dialog box.
Windows 11 21H2 also entered the mass deployment phase on January 27 and is now available to all customers with an eligible device through Windows Update.
“As always, we recommend updating your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 or upgrading eligible devices to Windows 11 to take advantage of the latest features and advanced protections against the latest security threats,” said the company in January.
You can easily check if your Windows 10 device is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11 using the PC Health Check app or by visiting the Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements page.
If you decide to update to the latest version of Windows, you can use this support document to troubleshoot update issues or follow this walkthrough to fix errors encountered during the update process .