Microsoft has announced that as of the end of this month, it will no longer provide Windows 10 Home and Pro as downloadable versions. The Windows edition will no longer be available for purchase after January 31, the company has announced on the product page.
Product keys for Windows 10 will no longer be distributed after February, which is terrible news for anyone planning to assemble a new computer running the operating system.
Microsoft Will Stop Selling Windows 10 Next Week
Windows 10 will “remain maintained with security updates to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware until October 14, 2025,” Microsoft says on the product page. Although Windows 10 product keys won’t be sold directly by Microsoft, users can still find them from online shops like Amazon.
A number of third-party laptops and desktops will also continue to be sold with the same operating system for a time after Microsoft ends support for it.
The Windows 10 Home and Pro editions are still available for purchase from independent vendors:
This change is part of Microsoft’s strategy to encourage more people running Windows 10 to upgrade to Windows 11, the company’s newest operating system. In the future, users who wish to buy Windows 10 licenses will have to contact third-party sellers while their digital stock lasts.
OEM editions of Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, for instance, will still be sold by online merchants like Amazon and websites like Kinguin.
Microsoft first introduced Windows 10 in 2015. Users of Windows 7 and Windows 8 with legitimate license keys were offered a free upgrade to Windows 10. On January 10, 2023, however, Microsoft stopped providing security updates for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8.1.
This means that users of these operating system will no longer be able to install security updates or critical patches to keep their machines safe.
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