Goodbye to Windows 10: Microsoft announces when it will kill the most used operating system on computers

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goodbye to windows 10 microsoft announces when it will kill the most used operating system on computers
goodbye to windows 10 microsoft announces when it will kill the most used operating system on computers

Although Windows 11 was released more than two years ago as a free update, it is still not the most used operating system on computers; That honor goes to its predecessor, Windows 10, which according to StatCounter data still holds 71.64% of the market share. Despite this, today Microsoft has confirmed that it will abandon Windows 10 support on October 14, 2025 .

That Windows 10 is more popular than Windows 11 is not something that should surprise us, and it is not the first time that the Redmond company has encountered a similar problem. Let us remember that Microsoft introduced new system requirements with Windows 11 , which effectively force the user to have a relatively modern computer; Although the company has relaxed some of the requirements, it is inevitable that a good portion of users have chosen to stick with their current computer and Windows 10 .

 

To this we must add users who prefer Windows 10, a simpler but also lighter system that continues to be the favorite of gamers according to the latest Steam survey. Finally, there are users who cannot update, such as business users who depend on the company in question to do a massive migration of all their computers, something that requires time and, above all, money, to do correctly without losing data or compatibility with programs. and key services.

The end of Windows 10

This situation will be very familiar to older readers; This is exactly the same as what happened with Windows XP , which remained one of the most popular systems many years after its successors were released. That forced Microsoft to continue supporting the system, at the risk of leaving tens of millions of computers completely abandoned.

It is a story that Microsoft wants to avoid being repeated at all costs, and hence the aggressive decision to end Windows 10 support on October 14, 2025; From that date on, the system will continue to function as usual, but will no longer receive updates of any kind, including security ones . Therefore, it will not be advisable to continue using it, since we could suffer attacks using new techniques or security holes discovered thereafter. Nor will we receive any of the new features developed by Microsoft; For example, Copilot has arrived in Windows 10 , but such a feature will not arrive as of the deadline.

Actually, the end of support for Windows 10 is no surprise, since these things are decided well in advance and are not a secret; but there was always the possibility that Microsoft would extend the support period , something that it has not finally decided. However, that doesn’t mean that all Windows 10 users will be left to their fate.

And today Microsoft has also announced a new extended support plan for Windows 10; The ESU (Extended Security Updates) program promises three years of monthly updates, until 2028, as long as we pay . This program, which also includes technical support, is aimed primarily at companies that do not want, or cannot, update all their equipment in such a short period of time, and not at individual users. However, Windows doesn’t really want businesses to use this plan, and the price of the plan is expected to be high and require payment for each computer separately, as was the case with Windows 7 extended support.

Therefore, for the vast majority of users, October 14, 2025 is the deadline to upgrade to Windows 11 or buy a new computer if the one we have is not compatible. It should also be taken into account that next year the launch of Windows 12 is expected , which will take advantage of the new processors for AI , so that may be a good opportunity to change PCs before the end of Windows 10.

 

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