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Support ending for original release version of Windows 10 on May 9

Microsoft will end support for the original release version of Windows 10 — version 1507 — on May 9. The move, which is part of Microsoft's shift to its Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, was originally due to occur on March 26. However, Microsoft opted to push that date back and has now announced May 9 (opens in new tab) (via Windows IT Pro) as the end of service date.

If you're running Windows 10 version 1507, Microsoft says that you will no longer receive security and quality updates after the May 9 deadline. The solution is to update to the latest version of Windows 10. While you can still continue to use version 1507 on your computer, you'll open yourself to viruses and other security problems due to a lack of updates.

As for why Microsoft is ending support now, it 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.

As per Microsoft's recommendation, you can update to the latest version of Windows 10 by heading to its software download page (opens in new tab) and clicking "Update now." That will download the Update Assistant, which will help you grab the latest Creators Update release. And if you're unsure of which version of Windows you're running, you can check by typing "winver" into your taskbar search to open the About Windows box. If your current version is listed as 10.0, you'll want to update.

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
  • I think this is the first time I used "winver" on Windows (currently 1607).  It shows the license is to Microsoft/Microsoft.  I'm checking other systems, but they show Microsoft or "Windows User".  Is this a side effect to the new digital licensing?  I believe previous versions would actually show my name...
  • On my Surface Pro 4 it shows "user name" and "org name"
  • Does it actually show the words "user name"?  Or does it show your name?  "user name" seems weird as well.
  • It actually shows "user name" and the right below it "org name"
  • Mine shows 'registered to Brian'
  • one of my clients is stuck at 10240. When I asked him about updates he was like... updates? What updates? W10 dont need updates at all :-D
  • How is he stuck?
  • i think he has some kind of SW problem. Windows update is not showing any updates so I think its faulty... maybe a reset would help but its not my problem so I dont care :))
  • There's a nice windows update diagnostic tool that ms puts out that could fix that you could point him to that.
  • Yes there are certain desktop PC, and Laptops that will not get the upgrade to build 10586 (Anniversary Update) because of hardware reasons. It could be because it doesn't support TPM module, or it has DX9, or less than 4GB RAM. There could also be other possibilities like OEMs blocking the upgrades (like Samsung and Sony was doing in 2015)
  • My PC doesn't have a TPM but it still upgraded
  • Display driver model has no bearing on update capabilities. WDDM is backward compatible.
  • Never heard of this. I have a laptop from 2008, one from 2009 and another one from 2012 and they all got the update automatically. Even the creator update
  • Why r they obbsesed with everyone being up to date jw
  • Numerous reasons but bottom line its easier to support end users when everyone is on the same version.
  • AWESOME ! Now I can take my HTPC and put Windows 10 on it with my cablecard. As after the Annversery update, cablecards no longer work. 10240 forever ! (my desktop is different)
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