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Microsoft will officially end support for Windows 10 in October 2025.

After this date Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows 10. However, your PC will still function, but it’s recommended to consider the following options :-


Upgrade to Windows 11: If your hardware meets the stringent compatibility requirements of Windows 11, you can upgrade to the latest version. Unfortunately, this option isn’t available for all Windows 10 PCs.


Replace or Upgrade Unsupported Hardware: Microsoft and its partners encourage users to replace unsupported hardware with a new PC. However, there might be some scope for upgrading the machine so that only the out-dated or lacking hardware bits are replaced. This is likely to be a significantly lower cost than buying the latest box of tricks.


Ignoring the end-of-support deadline is not advisable, as it exposes you to security risks. If you’re unable to upgrade to Windows 11, consider installing the free 0patch agent to address any security issues not covered by Microsoft. For business or enterprise users there’s a paid option available.


Microsoft plans to reveal the next version of Windows "12" during an event in late June 2025. In anticipation of the release, Microsoft has updated the support end date for Windows 10, saying it will cease supporting the operating system in 2025. For now users shouldn’t panic about the end date, as it won’t necessarily affect them badly in the short term. However, soon Afterwards, other 3rd party software vendors will begin to do the same.


Here at Southwell Computer Centre we recommend an upgrade to Windows 11 (12) before that date hits. However, It's important to note that a lot of older hardware (typically more than 5-6 years) will struggle to cope with the extra demands of Windows 11, or might not be compatible at all.

It's techincally possible for us to upgrade older hardware to cater for Windows 11 at a significantly lower cost; otherwise you'll be facing the prospect of buying a brand new computer.

Call Steve on 01636 815676 to get a totally free no-obligation hardware viability check.


The minimum system requirements for running Windows 11 on a PC are as follows:


Processor (CPUs): Your PC should have a 1 GHz or faster processor with 2 or more cores. The processor must also appear on the list of approved CPUs. Keep in mind that the clock speed (the 1 GHz or faster requirement) and the number of cores (2 or more) are inherent to the processor design and are not considered upgradable components.


RAM: You’ll need at least 4 GB of RAM. If your PC has less than 4 GB, consider getting it upgraded to meet this requirement. Check with us to when it can be done done.


Storage: Your PC should have a 64 GB or larger storage device. If your current storage drive doesn’t meet this requirement, explore options for upgrading. Again, check with us for suitable solutions.


System Firmware: Your PC must support UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) and be Secure Boot capable. If your device doesn’t meet these requirements, you can explore steps to enable Secure Boot by reading relevant articles.


TPM (Trusted Platform Module): Your PC should have TPM version 2.0. If your device lacks TPM, consider remediation options.


Remember that these are the minimum requirements, and additional features, apps, or hardware you add to your PC may exceed these. For more detailed information, including feature-specific requirements talk to us directly.


Key Takeaways

Microsoft plans to reveal the next version of Windows during an event in late June. In anticipation of the release, Microsoft has updated the support end date for Windows 10, saying it will cease supporting the OS in 2025.

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