Windows End of Life
Know Windows EOL Dates & Make Informed Decisions
What is End of Life software?
The term “End of Life” (also known as Windows EOL) means that a certain software application is no longer supported by the company that made the application. Every Windows product has a life cycle. The life cycle begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported. Knowing key dates in this life cycle helps you make informed decisions about when to update, upgrade or make other changes to your software.
Why should I upgrade?
Your PC will still function when the end of life date has struck but you will be more liable to security risks, vulnerabilities and viruses. You will no longer get the necessary updates to make sure that your system is running in optimal condition. That’s why Microsoft recommends to update to the latest version of Windows 10.
How can I find all installed Windows versions in my network?
With IT discovery software, you are able to scan your entire IT network. Network Discovery Software gives you an overview of all PC’s in your network and what operating system they’re running. Most of these tools have built-in reports that list all installed Windows Operating Systems. Microsoft has it’s own assessment and planning toolkit. With MAP Toolkit, you get an overview of all the Windows machines in your IT network. You could also opt for a more complete IT Asset Management Solution like Lansweeper to discover all IT assets in your network.
Windows 10, Version 1703 Already Reaches End of Life (EOL)
As of October 9 2019, the windows 10 1703 Enterprise and Education editions will arrive at their end of life. There will be no extended support nor will you be able to pay for patches. This news means that there won’t be monthly security updates that contain patches for the latest security threats. Microsoft recommends to update your Windows devices to the latest version of Windows 10. To obtain more information on this matter, you can check the Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet
The Risks of Running End of Life Software
Why End of Life Dates Are Important
Most frequent questions and answers
Your Windows Operating System will still work but once the support ends, your PC will no longer receive any updates. As a result, no issues or vulnerabilities discovered in the future will be fixed, making it a significant security risk.
You can upgrade your PC to windows 10. However the methods you can use to upgrade will vary and we recommend you also check the minimum requirements.
If you have Microsoft 365 Business, then you get a free upgrade if you’re running a Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Pro license.
Each version of Windows 10 has its own end of life date. That’s why we made a comprehensive overview of all the Windows end of life dates.
Microsoft has been discussing the idea of Windows as a service, but they haven’t really explained exactly how that will play out with future versions of Windows. On November 10 2019, Microsoft released Windows 10 version 1909.
You can continue using Windows 7 after January 2020 but Microsoft advises you to upgrade to Windows 10 to keep receiving technical support, software update, security updates and fixes.
Microsoft stated that the extended support for Windows 8.1 will end in January 2023.
- Computerworld: End of support looms for Windows 10 versions 1607 and 1709
- Lansweeper: Microsoft Warns for Windows 10, Version 1703 End of Life
- Techradar: Microsoft warns on Windows 7 Pro end of life
- Forbes: Microsoft Abandons ‘Windows 8’: Everything You Need To Know
- ZDNet.com: Windows 7 end of life: Months from patch cut-off, millions still haven’t upgraded