Windows 10 End of Support: What You Need to Know

by | Feb 11, 2021 | Managed Services, Security | 0 comments

What It Means

Microsoft has indicated that they have ended support for Windows 10, version 1903, effective December 8, 2020, and will be ending support for Windows 10, version 1909, effective May 11, 2021.

If you are running these operating systems on your workstation or server infrastructure, then there are some things you need to know.

Security will become a problem.

Once Microsoft discontinues support for the Windows 10 version 1903 and version 1909 operating systems, they will cease to develop security patches to address vulnerabilities, bugs, or any other security issues that may arise. This puts your devices at risk for cyber threats.

Your business will be at risk.

Critical, proprietary information, personally identifiable information (PII), and business functionality are all put at risk when running on an unsupported operating system.

You may not meet compliance regulations.

Because security patches will no longer be available for Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 systems, continuing to use them within your environment may not comply with the stringent compliance policies of GDPR, HIPAA, PCI, and more.

Who It Affects

This End of Support (EOS) notice will impact any organizations running the following operating systems in their environment:

Systems running on version 1903:

  • Windows 10 Home, version 1903
  • Windows 10 Pro, version 1903
  • Windows 10 Pro Education, version 1903
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, version 1903
  • Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1903
  • Windows 10 Education, version 1903
  • Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 1903

Systems running on version 1909:

  • Windows 10 Home, version 1909
  • Windows 10 Pro, version 1909
  • Windows 10 Pro Education, version 1909
  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, version 1909

How To Protect Your Business

Mainstream feature updates for Windows 10 are released twice a year, typically around March and September. Support availability for updates released in March has an 18-month servicing timeline, while those released in the latter half of the year have a 30-month serving timeline.

Organizations utilizing version 1903 should consider upgrading to the newest service pack, Windows 10 version 20H2, as quickly as possible to avoid long-term gaps in vulnerability and functional patches.

For those running on version 1909, the situation is less urgent. However, these organizations should begin the planning process now to ensure they are running the newest version come May.

Having a long-term plan for patching can help organizations identify when new patches become available, develop a plan for deployment for testing and mass distribution, and more. Implementing a patch management plan will allow your organization to streamline how and when patches are applied to your infrastructure, taking away the stress of keeping up with Microsoft’s upgrade schedule.

Long-Term Solutions

While we can help you manage Windows 10 end of support, we recommend a more comprehensive solution that helps ensure security, compliance, and long-term functionality. Our PULSE managed or co-managed services remove the hours and operational burden of IT management from your team and put it in the hands of our full-time experts.

Check out our End of Support page to see common products and find out if you are at risk.

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