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After six-month delay, support ends for Windows 10 version 1809 today

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What you need to know

  • Today is the last day of support for Windows 10 version 1809.
  • Microsoft extended support for Windows 10 version 1809 during the global pandemic.
  • Windows 10 version 1903 should reach end of support within the next month.

Today is the last day of official support for the Windows 10 Home or Pro editions of Windows 10 version 1809. Originally set to fall out of support in May, Windows 10 version 1809 is officially out of support after today (via Neowin). Microsoft extended support for Windows 10 version 1809, also known as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, to ease the transition to newer versions of Windows 10 during the current global pandemic.

Usually, versions of Windows 10 only get 18 months of support, but Microsoft extended support in case people didn't want to upgrade during the first few months of lockdowns caused by the current global pandemic. Out of support operating systems no longer receive security updates, so staying on a supported version is important.

Windows 10 version 1809 had a bumpy start when it was released, and it took some time for Microsoft to right the ship.

The next version of Windows 10 that's set to reach end of support is Windows 10 version 1903. Support for version 1903 should end in the next month. While not a perfect launch, the Windows 10 October 2020 Update recently rolled out with fewer issues.

Note that If you're on Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, your operating system will receive support until May 2021.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

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  • Windows Home users don't really have a way to delay OS upgrades, so it only really matters to the Pro users. And in this case, Microsoft is really nice about extending support for 1809 to make upgrading every 2 years possible. Microsoft already said they won't be releasing a December update. So really, 1809 only becomes obsolete in January. (folks on newer versions will be just as vulnerable as 1809 before the next patch in January patches their system) I intend to upgrade to 2004 in January.