KEY POINTS

  • Windows 11 will launch on Oct. 5
  • Windows 10 will only receive Microsoft support until 2025
  • Windows 10 with compatible devices will receive a free upgrade

The rollout of Windows 11 is about to happen in just a few hours and Microsoft has announced that it will end the Windows 10 support in 2025. 

CNET reported that only Windows 10 users can upgrade to Windows 11 for free. Older operating systems aiming for the latest major update will have to pay.

Windows 7 users planning to upgrade to Windows 10 in order to avail themselves of Windows 11 for free may have to consider two things.

First, they may purchase the Windows 10 Home update on the Microsoft website for $139 (£120, AU$225). Free upgrades were technically available until 2016 as per Microsoft’s official announcement when it launched Windows 10 in July 2015. However, several users claim that the free Windows 10 upgrade still worked for them until August this year

They may also have to check if their devices are compatible with the upcoming operating system. Microsoft earlier gave out a list of devices that support the Windows 11 upgrade. Reports also claimed that older PCs running on Windows 10 will not support the new OS.

However, several Windows Insiders complained that after going for a recent developer update, their devices that ran smoothly on Windows 11 beta showed unexpected responses. Users on beta claimed that they received a notice that their device does not support Windows 11 although their devices are included in the list of supported devices.

Meanwhile, Microsoft ditched support for Windows 7 more than a year ago. Now the software giant announced that it will end its support for Windows 10 in 2025.

Computers running on unsupported versions of the operating systems will still see their devices working. However, non-Microsoft support could put computers at risk with no technical support from the company for any issues and no security updates.

The software giant calls Windows 11 the next generation of Windows. It took the company six years to finally roll out the Windows 10 successor, XDA Developers reported.

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