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On December 13, 2022, all editions of Windows 10, version 21H1 will reach end of servicing. The December 2022 security update, to be released on December 13, is the last update available for this version. After that date, devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protections from the latest security threats. This article serves as a reminder of this upcoming change and as a guide to help you with the next steps.
Staying protected and productive
To help keep devices protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for devices running Home and Pro (non-domain joined) editions of Windows 10, version 21H1 that are reaching end of servicing. This keeps devices supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health. Remember that you and your users can choose a convenient time for devices to restart and complete the update while remaining productive.
We will automatically update devices nearing end of servicing to the latest version of Windows 10, but you can opt to upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see:
Upgrading to Windows 11
Windows 11, version 22H2 – also known as the Windows 11 2022 Update – is available to you on eligible Windows devices. Just check for updates as explained on the Update Windows support page. Please note, if we detect that your devices might have an issue, such as an application incompatibility, we might put a safeguard hold in place and not offer the update until that issue is resolved. Find information regarding safeguard holds on the Windows 11, version 22H2 known issues and notifications page, which is part of the Windows release health experience.
If you are interested in experiencing the latest feature update, follow three easy steps:
- Open Windows Update Settings.
- Select Check for updates.
- Click the option to Download and install. Note: You’ll only see this option if your device is ready.
If you are using Windows 10, you can check if your device is eligible for the upgrade to Windows 11 by using the PC Health Check app or checking Windows 11 specs, features, and computer requirements. In the meantime, enjoy IT tools to support Windows 10, version 22H2.
For more information on the Windows 11 upgrade experience for Window 10 devices, watch How to get the Windows 11 2022 Update or read the blog article What’s new for IT pros in Windows 11, version 22H2. Windows 11 was designed to empower productivity and inspire creativity, and we hope you take advantage of the best experiences Windows can offer you.
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