Windows 10 version 22H2 is the final Windows 10 version

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 28, 2023
Updated • Apr 28, 2023
Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system reaches end of support on October 14, 2025. Microsoft revealed today that Windows 10 won't receive any more feature updates going forward. In other words: Windows 10 version 22H2 is the final version of Windows 10.

Microsoft will publish monthly security updates for Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. The company has not announced plans to extend the life of the operating system with Extended Security Updates, a system that it used for Windows 7 to extend the life of the operating system for three years for business and Enterprise customers.

Windows 10 LTSC releases continue to receive updates until their end of support date is reached.

The last feature updates for Windows 10 did not introduce many new features. The announcement confirms that Windows 10 won't receive any new features anymore and that Microsoft has already pushed the operating system to the sideline. Windows 10 devices need to be upgraded to Windows 10 version 22H2 in order to receive security updates until October 2025.

Windows 10 administrators and users will get monthly security updates for the operating system. The lack of feature updates and changes could stabilize Windows 10 further. Users and administrators will likely encounter fewer issues and bugs going forward, because of the lack of changes and fewer update releases.

Windows 10 users and administrators may check the support end dates for all Windows 10 editions on Microsoft's Services Lifecycle website.

Microsoft focuses development fully on Windows 11 and the expected successor, Windows 12 (?), going forward.

Part of the Windows 10 userbase is stuck on Microsoft's operating system, as their devices do not meet the system requirements of Windows 11. While there are ways to go around those, these may cause issues along the road, as Microsoft is not giving any guarantees when it comes to systems that do not meet the system requirements.

Closing Words

The announcement that Windows 10 won't receive any new feature updates marks the beginning of the end. While there have not been many new features to talk about, with many still waiting for Microsoft to reveal the new features of Windows 10 version 22H2, it is clear that Windows 10 has become an afterthought for the Redmond-based company.

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  1. plusminus_ said on April 29, 2023 at 2:29 am

    Funnily enough I had just been updating my household’s computers to 22H2 over the last couple of days – just my laptop left to do. I suppose this is a good thing as dealing with these feature updates is high-key annoying tbh.

    I still don’t have a clear picture of what I will do when Windows 10 reaches EOL. I have been playing with some Linux distros but I still feel too wedded to Windows to leave it behind, for now!

    That reminds me, I need to change the Target Release Version for the work computers…

  2. Wwww said on April 28, 2023 at 9:20 pm

    Microsoft have been releasing ‘final’ versions of Windows for years.

  3. Markus said on April 28, 2023 at 5:23 pm

    What features? More places to put ads or more process sending telemetry?

  4. basingstoke said on April 28, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    As someone that does imaging and a lot of deep cleaning via powershell/registry/gpo to ensure that newly deployed PCs are devoid of any new MS crap gimmicks – this kinda brings me some peace.

    It’s like the house was on fire, was burning for quite a long time – people kept putting out the fires, and they kept starting up again – but now the arsonist has been caught – everyone is cheering that the fires have stopped without looking at the damage already done. Windows 10 sucks but at least now it will stay at the same level of suckiness instead of continuing to get worse and worse.

    Although, as someone that didn’t accept the move from W7 to W10, I can’t wait for all the complaining from people that will move from W10 to W11 because they think “security” is forcing their hand, like they think it did with W7.

    Don’t such people understand that they are akin to frogs in a boiling pot of water? The temperature is raised, they notice that it’s bad, but then they get used to it, and it becomes “the new normal”. It’s a little bit weird to watch from an outsider’s perspective. 5 years from now you’ll have the same people celebrating when W11 finally reaches the “security updates only” phase.

    Microsoft is essentially a fallen giant (in a metaphorical sense), they don’t respect the end users and they can’t be trusted not to harvest every little bit of data, money, control from them. What is their flagship product these days? is it their SaS stuff, Azure, Office365, OneDrive? It sure as hell isn’t Windows, and hasn’t been for a while now.

    1. John G. said on April 28, 2023 at 9:47 pm

      Very interesting thoughts and questions imho.

  5. Paolo said on April 28, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    Just need Microsoft now release script for allow remove from base OS version 19041.1 old no removable apps and features and then system be free from misery features. Then windows 10 be ok for next 2 years

  6. Someone said on April 28, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    I expected it. Thankfully, we dont recieve any stupid-based feature updates anymore.

  7. John G. said on April 28, 2023 at 10:55 am

    And finally this is how the amazing W10 reaches perfection. A good day!
    Let’s make the taskbar on top great again! LOL.

  8. Anonymous said on April 28, 2023 at 8:03 am

    The only security updates, just what everyone requested. Goodbye, subpar features that Microsoft impose on everyone using Windows 10.

    1. John G. said on April 28, 2023 at 9:28 am

      Best comment today. +100

  9. Bikini Martini said on April 28, 2023 at 7:23 am

    IoT LTSC 2021 (EoL 2032) and perhaps the upcoming W11 LTSC assuming it will work without any issues on my unsupported machine, considering that you get only security updates in these versions then i don’t expect to have any problems.

  10. Tachy said on April 28, 2023 at 6:55 am

    Win 10 and will stay on it until EOS.

    Hopefully by then win 11 will be stable and third party programs like winaero tweaker will allow one to easily gain control of it.

    1. Someone said on April 28, 2023 at 12:04 pm

      bring the revolution !!

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