Microsoft keeps releasing updates for Windows 10. If you don't update regularly, your operating system is susceptible to external attacks. Here we explain how you can find out how long your Windows version will run and what you still need to know about the end of support for Windows 10. The current Windows 10 version is the May update.

With Windows 10, Microsoft has opted for an operating system that is constantly being further developed instead of being replaced by newer systems. Users have to deal with updates quite often, there is a new version twice a year, a so-called function update.

If you are not always up to date, you have to keep an eye on the end of the service period, because Microsoft does not maintain the individual Windows 10 versions indefinitely. When support ends, there will be no more security updates. This makes the PC vulnerable and insecure in the long run.

Due to the corona pandemic, users of Windows 10 1809 have a little longer to worry about updating their computers. Instead of the planned May 12, 2020, Microsoft will provide the system with security updates until November 10. Users of the enterprise and education version of Windows 10 1803 can now also use the system until November 10, 2020.

Windows 10: Support for private users usually only 18 months

Windows 10 support

But how can you find out how long support for your own Windows 10 version will continue? You can remember that in addition to the latest version of Windows 10, the two predecessors are also supplied with updates. The current version is Windows 10 2004, so the two predecessors from 2019, Windows 10 1909 and Windows 10 1903 are still supported.

This information applies to private users, including when using Windows 10 Home or Pro. This means that a new Windows 10 version is supported for around 18 months, after which you have to update. Microsoft summarizes the times for the end of service for different Windows 10 versions in a table . Note that longer support times apply to corporate users.

If you stay with an old Windows version for too long, Microsoft will occasionally display messages that support is about to expire and that you should update. You shouldn't ignore this for too long, because Windows without security and quality updates is a risk.

Find out the Windows version

Windows 10 support

Not everyone knows which version of Windows is running on the system. It's not at all embarrassing, because you don't see it at first glance. But it's easy to find out. Simply press the Windows key and then type the command "winver" and confirm with the Enter key.

This command reveals the exact version number of the installed Windows. The autumn 2018 update has the version number 1809. Updates to a new Windows 10 version should simply work via Windows update. If not, you can also update manually, for example with the Media Creation Tool . Note that a backup is an important thing to do before switching to another version of Windows 10.