Per the latest notification on the Microsoft Lifecycle website, support for certain versions of Windows 11 will cease by the end of the year.
It’s important to note that not all versions of Windows 11 will be affected. Specifically, the original versions will be discontinued.
Windows 11 was initially announced in October 2021, and now, after two years, Microsoft has confirmed that all versions released in October 2021 will reach the end of their lifecycle on October 10, 2023.
The following versions of Windows 11 will be impacted:
- Windows 11 Home, version 21H2
- Windows 11 Pro, version 21H2
- Windows 11 Pro for Workstations, version 21H2
- Windows 11 Pro Education, version 21H2
Users who are currently using these older versions of the Windows 11 operating system will be affected by this change.
These versions will no longer receive security updates after the specified date. Consequently, they will receive their final update until October 10.
Subsequently, these versions will become more susceptible to security threats and vulnerabilities.
So, what can users do in this situation? Microsoft advises users to update their PCs to the latest version, which is 22H2, in order to continue receiving updates, new features, and security patches.
Users can simply download and install the latest version available for their PC through the Windows Update option located in Settings.
To update your PC to the latest Windows 11 version, follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Go to Windows Update.
- Click on “Check for updates.”
- Tap on the update button when the update is available.
- Wait for the update to download and install.
- Restart your PC to complete the installation process.