Microsoft is also notifying Windows 11 Users on 21H2 about the end of support date.
- Microsoft will stop supporting Windows 11 21H2 Home and Pro editions after October 10, 2023, meaning no security updates will be available after that date.
- Users can upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 to continue receiving security patches beyond October.
- It is unclear whether Microsoft will skip version 22H2 and start pushing version 23H2 to PCs with 21H2.
It has been well known for the past few months that Microsoft has decided to stop supporting Windows 11 21H2 Home and Pro editions after October 10, 2023. about the last date of support for Windows 11 21H2.
Microsoft’s latest announcement on the Windows Release health page contains nothing we don’t know about. The company reiterated that the October 2023 security updates will be the last available for PCs running Windows 11 21H2. No security updates will be pushed to PC by 21H2 after October 10. What happens when you stop getting security updates, you ask? Well, security patches are very important, because they deal with security issues on Windows, making your PCs more secure. Without the latest security patches, your PCs are vulnerable to attack.
Fortunately, Microsoft has not stopped pushing updates for PCs running Windows 11 21H2. It means you can upgrade to a newer version, like Windows 11 22H2, to keep getting security patches beyond October. If you’re still running Windows 11 21H2 and haven’t received the Windows 11 22H2 update, expect it to arrive via Windows Update in the next few weeks. It’s worth noting that commercial and unmanaged business PCs are only eligible for automatic updates via Windows Update.
However, there is not enough clarity on what version of Windows 11 will be released via Windows Update for those running 21H2. Microsoft’s Windows 11 version 23H2 is the company’s next major update, and is expected to arrive by the end of 2023. It could come this month or in October. Either way, it would be interesting to see if Microsoft skips 22H2 and starts pushing 23H2 to PCs running 21H2.
If you don’t want to be optimistic about when Microsoft will release a new version of Windows 11, you should consider installing Windows 11 22H2, which offers a File Explorer tab, a new Task Manager, new Quick Settings, visual changes, and more. lots of fun. If these updates are not available through Windows Update, try using the Media Creation Tool or creating media from an official 22H2 ISO.