Microsoft wants you to pay for updates
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June 12, 2024

I’m Lewis, the director of Shepherd IT. I had a passion for technology since I was a young boy, I excelled in IT and computer science at college and started my career as a technology analyst helping people with their businesses IT problems.

Starting on the 14th October 2025, Microsoft has announced that they will no longer be providing FREE support and security updates for Windows 10.

Oh No!

The idea of paying for updates may cause some concern, but you have to consider that by 2025, Windows 10 will be a decade old! And rumours are out there that by 2025, Microsoft may have released Windows 12. Windows 11, as we know, is available today.

Supporting multiple old operating systems can be quite a handful, even for a tech giant like Microsoft.

So 2025 may seem way off, but it’s a good idea to start thinking about your options now. Here they are:


Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11

Microsoft’s preferred option is for you to switch to Windows 11. It’s got some fantastic features and free updates until its end of life.


Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 and pay

You can choose to stay with Windows 10, but you’ll need to pay for security updates (no new features, though). The exact cost isn’t known yet. It’ll likely be a subscription for monthly updates.


Option 3: Stick with Windows 10 and don’t update it

Sure, you can continue using Windows 10 without paying, but this isn’t advisable. Without updates, your business’s PCs will become vulnerable to threats and security issues. And without Microsoft’s support to fix problems, even tech experts like us have nowhere to go for help. Please don’t take this option!


October 2025 is the deadline, you will need to decide by then. If you want your Business to thrive this year, we’d recommend upgrading to Windows 11, which we are happy to help you with.

Once you upgrade to Windows 11, you will get instant benefits that can improve your processes and make your employee’s jobs easier.

If you’re considering the move to Windows 11, or exploring other options, we’re here to help make the transition smooth and hassle-free. Get in touch.