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Windows 10 users can pay to get security updates after official support ends

If you cannot upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 because of some reason, Microsoft will give you official security support but for a fee.

Edited By: Shubham Verma

Published: Dec 07, 2023, 10:04 PM IST

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Microsoft has announced that it will be launching an extended security update (ESU) programme for Windows 10 after the support for the operating system (OS) ends in October 2025. Like the Windows 7 ESU programme, Microsoft will continue supporting the OS for three years beyond the 2025 cut-off date for consumers wanting to pay for it. In other words, Windows 10 users can continue to receive security updates officially on a paid basis.

“While we strongly recommend moving to Windows 11, we understand there are circumstances that could prevent you from replacing Windows 10 devices before the EOS (end of support) date,” Jason Leznek, a member of Microsoft’s Windows Servicing & Delivery team, said in a blog post.

“Therefore, Microsoft will offer Extended Security Updates,” he added.

The Windows 10 ESU programme, according to Leznek, only provides critical security updates. Patches for minor defects, feature requests, or other changes will not be considered, and technical help will be restricted to security issues.

Meanwhile, Microsoft now lets Windows 10 users try out the AI-powered Copilot feature, which was previously only available in Windows 11. To use the feature, users with eligible devices will need to install a Release Preview build that includes access to the AI-powered Copilot. Users will need to be enrolled in the Windows Insider tester programme to install the preview build and potentially try out Copilot on Windows 10 Home or Pro.

— Written with inputs from IANS

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Author Name | Shubham Verma

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