Individual versions of Windows 10 are only ever supported for a limited period of time. Microsoft discontinued support for Windows 10 version 1909 on May patchday with a last cumulative update. From now on, this version will no longer be provided with security updates for private users. CHIP advises users to upgrade to a newer version as soon as possible.
With Windows 10, Microsoft completely turned the way the operating system was developed on its head. "Windows as a Service" is the motto - that's why updates are so frequent. Twice a year there is a new version with new features, these are the so-called function updates. The last came in October: computers with Windows 10 20H2 are now on the latest version. But the next version, Windows 10 21H1 , is already available for a release in May 2021.
If you are not always up to date, you should always keep an eye on the end of the service period. Because when support ends, there are no more security updates. This makes the PC vulnerable and insecure in the long run, so switching to a newer version is strongly recommended. This topic is currently relevant to a large number of Windows 10 users who still rely on Windows 10 version 1909.
You can update outdated versions of Windows 10 via Windows Update or helpers such as the Windows 10 Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool . Both are official Microsoft programs that provide you with the latest Windows 10 version. Important: Make a backup of your system in any case before a function update.
Media Creation Tool for Windows 10 21H1 (May Update) # 19043.928
The "Media Creation Tool" from Microsoft enables the download and installation of Windows 10 including the latest May 2021 update. Practical for new Windows installations and updates.
Windows 10 1909: This OS version is in danger
Private users no longer get support for Windows 10 1909 and should upgrade to a more recent version.
On May 11, 2021, the support period for Windows 10 1909 ended on Patchday, at least for private users. We therefore urgently recommend that you switch to the latest Windows 10 20H2 version as soon as possible or, alternatively,
switch to the May update alias Windows 10 21H1, which is to be released in May 2021. In this article , we explain how to optimally prepare a function update .
If you are not quite sure which Windows 10 version is currently in use, you can check your system with this built-in function .
Windows 10: Support for private users usually only 18 months
Current Windows 10 versions are supported for around 18 months.
How can you find out how long support for your own Windows 10 version will continue? With a thumbs-up, 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 20H2 - the predecessors 2004 and 1909 are therefore supported. But now the Windows 10 May 2021 update is coming and support for version 1909 will expire. For all older versions, however, it has been over for a long time.
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. Please note that longer support times apply to corporate users.
But you can't really overlook an outdated Windows 10. Microsoft occasionally displays hints 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
The command "winver" reveals the exact Windows 10 version; the 1809 version shown in the picture is long out of date.
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 version number of the installed Windows. The autumn 2019 update has the version number 1909. 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 taking a backup before switching to another version of Windows 10 is an important thing.