Microsoft is urging users to upgrade from Windows 10 version 2004 or risk being left behind without security patches or feature updates. The company will end support for the April 2020 Update on December 14, 2021.
That means December 2021 Patch Tuesday will be the last security patch for Windows 10 version 2004. So, after that anybody who sticks with the version will be left with a system that is open to attacks.
“On December 14, 2021, all editions of Windows 10, version 2004 and Windows Server, version 2004 will reach end of servicing. After that date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protections from the latest security threats.”
Now that it is time to upgrade, Microsoft has two options: The Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1) or the upcoming Windows 10 November 2021 Update (version 21H2). Microsoft has confirmed the latter, but it still has not been rolled out in full release.
Of course, the other option is to upgrade form Windows 10 entirely and move to Windows 11. Microsoft newest generation of Windows has been available since last month and is rolling out right now.
However, it is worth checking your device compatibility before attempting to upgrade to Windows 11. You can use the Microsoft PC Health Check app to see if your hardware meets requirements such as CPU and TPM 2.0.
As for Windows 10, if you want to stay on the older platform that is fine. Microsoft says it will continue to support Windows 10 until 2025. Of course, you will still need to upgrade version numbers when the company sends our updates.
Tip of the day: Fast startup (a.k.a hiberboot, hybrid boot, hybrid shutdown) is a power setting that adjusts Windows’ behavior when it starts up and shuts down. Though it is unlikely fast startup will seriously harm your computer, there are a few reasons you might want to disable it following our tutorial.