What just happened? Windows 10 continues to be found on a lot more devices than Windows 11, despite Microsoft’s efforts to get people into its latest operating system. Redmond’s next push is significant: Later this month, the company will stop issuing Windows 10 licenses through its website.
Microsoft revealed on the software’s official product pages that it will immediately stop issuing licenses for Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Workstation. The disclaimer states that January 31, 2023 is the last day that consumers can download operating systems from the Microsoft site.
The notification confirms that even though downloads are stopped, Windows 10 will continue to receive security updates that protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware until October 14, 2025.
If you want to download Windows 10 from the Microsoft website, you have less than two weeks to do so. Company fees $139 for Windows 10 Home, $199 for Windows 10 Pro and 309 bucks for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations.
This only applies to digital downloads of Windows 10 that consumers purchase directly from Microsoft’s website; OEMs will likely still be able to purchase licenses. There are also many third-party retailers that sell downloads and physical copies, including OEM copies of Home and Pro available at Amazon, and many websites that sell product keys at low prices. Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 is still availablealso.
While there was a lot of initial disapproval against Windows 11, the operating system continues to erode a previous user’s file sharing Steam scan. It is now found on nearly 3 out of 10 of the participants’ computers, which indicates that gamers are starting to get used to Windows 11, or perhaps simply hate it less.
We’ve been hearing recently that many companies are Preparing to switch to Windows 11. This is good news for Microsoft as the enterprise sector has traditionally been the slowest to upgrade to the latest Windows operating system.
In the end, though, a lot of people are adamantly against leaving Windows 10, just as we saw with Windows 7. Expect this rally to continue until support ends in a couple of years (and maybe later).