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The end of support for Windows 10, scheduled for October 14, 2025, means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, non-security updates, or assisted support for the operating system1. This has several implications for both home and business users:

For home users:

  • Security Risks: Without new security updates, PCs running Windows 10 will become more vulnerable to viruses, malware, ransomware, and other forms of cyberattacks.
  • Upgrade Encouragement: Users are encouraged to migrate to the latest version of Windows, which may require purchasing new hardware if their current devices do not meet the hardware compatibility requirements of Windows 11.

For business users:

  • Compliance Issues: Businesses may face compliance issues if they continue to use an unsupported operating system, as they will not receive critical patches to fix known vulnerabilities.
  • Operational Risk: The lack of updates can lead to operational risks, as any new weaknesses found will not be patched, leaving systems open to attacks.
  • Financial Impact: Businesses may need to invest in new hardware or consider paid programs for extended support to maintain security and compliance.

Both home and business users should plan for the transition by considering hardware upgrades or exploring alternative solutions to ensure continued security and support for their systems. It’s important to stay informed about the latest updates from Microsoft regarding support and to prepare for the transition well before the 14th of October 2025 end-of-support date.