Important Announcement: What This Means for You as Windows 10 Support Ends in 2025
Is your computer currently running the Windows 10 operating system? You might want to keep in mind that on October 14, 2025, Microsoft will stop providing support for the Home and Professional editions of Windows 10. Unlike when Microsoft ended support for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, those running older computer hardware (7th Gen Intel processors, or older) won’t be able to simply upgrade to the next operating system. We'll explain what this means to you and how to get ready for the upcoming change in this article.
The Meaning of "End of Support"
After October 14, 2025, Windows 10 Home and Pro will no longer be eligible for new security patches, non-security updates, free or paid choices for aided support, or online technical material upgrades. This is referred to as “end of support”. In essence, your Windows 10 device will continue to work, but Microsoft will no longer provide support, potentially leaving your system open to future threats.
What can you do?
There are a few possibilities for those who use secondhand computers to think about:
Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11
Windows 11 is the latest operating system version offered by Microsoft, and it already has more features and improvements than Windows 10. If your existing device is a more modern model (running an 8th Gen Intel processor, or newer), it could be able eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
Option 2: Purchase a Reconditioned Computer with a Newer OS
If your present device cannot run Windows 11 or another modern operating system, think about purchasing a reconditioned computer that has a newer operating system already on it. At Australian Computer Traders, we offer a wide variety of quality & affordable refurbished laptops and desktop computers that run Windows 11.
Option 3: Change Your Operating System
Depending on your usage, you might want to think about switching to a different operating system, such as Linux. Many user-friendly Linux distributions can breathe fresh life into older and/or outdated gear. Linux can easily be installed on just about any computer from the last 10+ years, and most Linux operating systems are free (General Public License) Visit the following link to view a List of Free GNU/Linux Distributions.
Windows 10 isn’t the only Microsoft product that will lose support in 2025. If you’re currently using any of the Microsoft products listed within the tablet below, it’s our opinion that you should start to think about upgrading to the latest versions, or transitioning to new alternative products.
We understand that it's not always easy to switch to new software, or always affordable to upgrade your perfectly functioning hardware due to software limitations. However, this End of Support era makes an important milestone and gives customers a chance to evaluate their IT needs and make future plans coming up to the end of Windows 10 support. It can be very exciting to upgrade to the latest and greatest software packages, and rest assured that our team are here to help if you have any questions during the transition process.
|Product||End of Support|
|Visual Studio 2022 , Version 17.6 (LTSC channel)||January 9, 2025|
|Dynamics C5 2015||January 14, 2025|
|Dynamics CRM 2015||January 14, 2025|
|Dynamics NAV 2015||January 14, 2025|
|Dynamics SL 2015||January 14, 2025|
|Dynamics GP 2015||April 8, 2025|
|Dynamics GP 2015 R2||April 8, 2025|
|Microsoft SQL Server 2012, Extended Security Update Year 3||July 8, 2025|
|Access 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Access 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Dynamics 365 Business Central on-premises (Fixed Policy)||October 14, 2025|
|Excel 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Excel 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Exchange Server 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Exchange Server 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Microsoft Office 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Microsoft Office 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Microsoft Report Viewer 2015 Runtime||October 14, 2025|
|OneNote 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Outlook 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Outlook 2019||October 14, 2025|
|PowerPoint 2016||October 14, 2025|
|PowerPoint 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Project 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Project 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Publisher 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Publisher 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Skype for Business 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Skype for Business 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Skype for Business Server 2015||October 14, 2025|
|Skype for Business Server 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Visio 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Visio 2019||October 14, 2025|
|Visual Studio 2015||October 14, 2025|
|Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015||October 14, 2025|
|Windows 10 2015 LTSB||October 14, 2025|
|Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSB 2015||October 14, 2025|
|Windows 10 Team (Surface Hub)||October 14, 2025|
|Windows Defender Exploit Guard||October 14, 2025|
|Windows Defender for Windows 10||October 14, 2025|
|Windows Server 2012, Extended Security Update Year 2||October 14, 2025|
|Windows Server 2012 R2, Extended Security Update Year 2||October 14, 2025|
|Word 2016||October 14, 2025|
|Word 2019||October 14, 2025|