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Microsoft drops support for original release version of Windows 10

As promised in mid-April, Microsoft is ending support for the original release version of Windows 10 as of today, May 9. The release in question is version 1507, which was the first Windows 10 release to make its way to the public upon launch of the OS in 2015.

If you happen to still be running version 1507, Microsoft notes in a support document (opens in new tab) that you will no longer receive security and quality updates after today. And while 1507 will continue to run, you'll be leaving yourself wide open to viruses and other security issues. The simple solution is to update to the latest version of Windows 10, the Creators Update, which will continue to be supported for 18 months after its release.

This move is a part of Microsoft's Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, which began with Windows 10. Under it, new feature releases are pushed to the public at a more rapid pace than in the past, but that also means each major release is only supported for 18 months at a time. Microsoft explains:

With Windows 10, we introduced a new model whereby we release feature updates a few times a year, rather than holding back features for a new release every 2-3 years as in the past. In doing so, it's important that our customers stay current by installing feature updates as they are released.

If you need to find out which version you're running, you can type "winver" into your taskbar search and open the About Windows box. If the version listed is 10.0, you're on Windows 10 release 1507 and you'll want to update. Thankfully, updating is pretty simple: Microsoft suggests you head to its software download page and click "Update now" to grab the Update Assistant.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

17 Comments
  • Great move!!
  • Absolutely agree, there is no reason why anyone should be running the original version of Windows 10 nearly two years after release
  • Bought a new laptop. Shipped with Threshold 2. Been sitting at Downloading 0% for the passed three 4 days waiting for the Anniversary update to download. Do yeah. Such things might be a reason.
  • Same problem with my new device. Use the Windows 10 Update Assistant. 
  • Other than, I have old hardware that MS dropped Win10 support for. I have an old AMD system that regularly BSOD's on anything newer than Win10 1507
  • Yep, there is....If you wanted to run the hacked Windows Media Center on Windows 10 with a cable card, you needed to stay on an early version of Widnows 10..
  • My Lumia 650 battery is getting slow continuously after update  OS Build :10.0.15210.0. on windows fast ring update And device is extremely warm after update. Can anyone help me??
  • Curious, Microsoft released "Windows 10 Enterprise 2015 LTSB" off the same 1507 release, and that one will be supported through 2025.  I guess this only relates to the home/pro versions, and for most users on those, they should be moving up anyway.
  • "Microsoft drops support for original release version of Windows 10" and generally just drops the ball on Windows...
  • Your comment makes no sense at all.
  • So what happens when a future build is incompatible with your aging hardware? Or OEMs/GPU makers stop driver updates for legacy parts? My laptop already can't update it's AMD drivers.
  • Same as it's always been. At some point the OS your computer shipped with becomes obsolete and is no longer supported. The hardware by then may or may not be good enough to upgrade to the latest OS.
  • I'm in that boat now with an HP AIO.  Will probably downgrade it to its original, Windows 7.
  • Back in the days, buying, lets say, a W7 laptop in 2010 ment it had drivers for that specific os and still has. Nowadays, it feels more like the android style regarding updates. With two updates a year, I don't think OEM:s will support a new PC for more than two, three years..
  • I would gladly update my pc to CU if I could get it to successfully install. It downloads and fails repeatedly
  • Based on what I know about WaaS and read in today's announcement that in or around July 2018 that the 1607 release will be two years old and dropped from support. My Dell laptop (i7 dual processor, 8GB RAM, etc) shipped originally with Windows 8.0. It upgraded like a champ to 8.1 and Windows 10 Home (1507) last year to 1607. I never forced the upgrades, I just waited until Updates & Security announced they were ready to install.  But I'm not prompted to update to Creator's Update 1703. Should I force the upgrade or let it be?  
  • Creators update is fantastic. Everyone should have it