Windows 10 End of Life Coming, Is Your SMB Ready?

The Windows 10 end of life is fast approaching. Is your small business prepared to make the right move?

When is Windows End of Life?

Windows 10 operating system end of life will arrive on October 14, 2025. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, software updates, or security updates.

This change can have consequences for the security and functionality of your business devices.

You have five options after the Windows 10 end of life date:

  1. Ignore the deadline (which is a massive security risk)
  2. Buy a new PC (keep in mind that some mission-critical software may not be compatible with next-gen operating systems)
  3. Abandon Windows (you need serious technical expertise to manage a transition to Linux)
  4. Pay Microsoft for security updates (Microsoft will offer subscription-based Windows 10 security updates after end of life, with limitations)
  5. Upgrade old hardware to Windows 11 requirements (not recommended)

     

Option number five assumes a lot of risk. Here’s what Microsoft had to say about upgrading old hardware to Windows 11:

Windows 10 End of Life

What Are the Windows 11 Requirements?

The Windows 11 operating system has hardware requirements that may not be met by all devices currently running Windows 10. Before you make the switch, make sure your devices have:

Windows 11 Hardware Requirements

What Are the Benefits of Windows 11?

Windows 11 comes with many great features. It has a more modern design, enhanced virtual desktops, and a wider selection of apps and games in the Microsoft Store.

Windows 10 End of Life Quote

Key Benefits of Upgrading to Windows 11

  • Enhanced security features 
  • Improved performance 
  • Improved application loading times

Plus, it includes support for touch, pen, and voice input. Windows 11 is also integrated with Microsoft Teams – making communication and collaboration even easier than before.

Avoiding Windows 10 End of Life Complications

If your organization needs help making the switch, our team of IT professionals would be happy to help you ensure your devices remain secure and up to date. If you have any questions about the end of life of Windows 10 or the hardware requirements for Windows 11, feel free to contact us.

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