Windows 10 is reaching end of life – Here are your options

As business owners and managers, we often face unexpected changes less frequently than our staff. This is because we are the ones who decide what changes will happen and when they will take effect. Having that control is one of the perks of being in charge, right?

However, a significant change is on the horizon that you can’t avoid, although you do have some options to manage it.

Microsoft is bidding farewell to Windows 10, as it is officially reaching the end of its life.

If your business still uses Windows 10 machines, it’s crucial to be aware of this and decide on your next steps. The deadline is still some time away, but making decisions now can reduce costs and minimize potential disruptions.

In this guide, we will explore what this means, the implications for your business, and outline your options moving forward.

The End of the Road

First things first: What does it mean when we say that Windows 10 is reaching its end of life?

There are support and security implications.

Microsoft follows a lifecycle policy for its operating systems, which dictates the lifespan of each version from launch to retirement. For Windows 10, this journey is nearing its end. After a decade of service, on October 14, 2025, Windows 10 will reach its end of life.

When this happens, the operating system will still function but will be vulnerable without its regular updates.

Without being overly dramatic, it becomes a ticking time bomb. We’ll explain why shortly.

As Windows 10 reaches the end of its road, you have a choice to make – and four options to consider.

Option #1: Pretend It’s Not Happening

This is the “do-nothing” approach. It’s tempting to stick with what you know, even if it’s past its expiration date.

But here’s the thing: When Microsoft says they’re ending support for Windows 10, they mean it.

What does it mean when an operating system like Windows 10 becomes unsupported?

It’s not just about missing out on new features. The main issue is security. Without regular updates, your operating system becomes a target for cyber criminals who will exploit unpatched vulnerabilities.

For any business, this is unacceptable. Think of all the sensitive data on your computers: customer information, financial data, trade secrets.

Unsupported software is like leaving your front door wide open with a sign that says, “Come on in.”

And let’s not even start on the fallout from a breach. It’s not just about the immediate headache and expense of cleaning up. It’s the long-term damage to your reputation and the trust you’ve built over years.

Let’s explore some better alternatives…

Option #2: Upgrade to Windows 11

The obvious choice is to upgrade to Windows 11. If you’ve been considering it, now is the perfect time. Once you experience what Windows 11 offers, you’ll wonder why you didn’t upgrade sooner.

First, be aware of the system requirements. Windows 11 has its own specs, so ensure your devices are compatible. A compatibility checker can help, or we can assist you.

If your device meets the criteria, you’re good to go. If not, we’ll address that in the next section.

Windows 11 is a productivity-boosting, time-saving, organizational wonder with many new features and improvements. From the revamped Start menu to the improved taskbar and redesigned Microsoft Store, everything is designed to make your life easier.

There are Snap Layouts and Snap Groups to help you arrange your windows for maximum productivity.

Widgets provide a customized dashboard for staying updated with news, weather, and your favorite apps.

And we can’t forget Copilot, the AI-powered assistant that helps with everything from scheduling meetings to finding the perfect GIF for your presentation. It can even summarize your Teams meetings and highlight key points.

Not to mention the extra security, smoother functionality, and overall intuitiveness of Windows 11.

Moving to Windows 11 might seem daunting, but the rewards are worth the effort. With some planning, you can transition with minimal disruption.

Option #3: Invest in New Devices

What if your current devices aren’t compatible with Windows 11?

It’s a challenge, but there’s a solution. Embracing change can unlock new opportunities.

Investing in new devices might seem expensive, but it’s an investment in your business’s future. If you haven’t upgraded your devices in a while, it’s something you’ll need to do eventually. New devices offer improved performance and better security features.

You’re not just buying new hardware; you’re buying peace of mind.

Yes, switching to new devices might cause some disruption. But with careful planning and expert guidance, you can minimize the impact and ensure a smooth transition for your team.

If you’re unsure what you need or what to expect, let’s discuss the costs and see if any of your current devices can be salvaged or repurposed.

Option #4: Pay for Security Updates (and Extend Windows 10)

If you decide to stick with Windows 10 for a bit longer, you can do so safely.

Microsoft will still develop security updates for Windows 10, but they won’t be free. This is the Extended Security Updates (ESUs) program, a lifeline for businesses not ready to say goodbye to Windows 10.

The cost of an ESU subscription starts at $61 per device for the first year, doubling each subsequent year. The total cost over three years can be significant.

If you’re willing to pay for security, it’s the right thing to do. But remember, there are other options, and you might find that Windows 11 offers more benefits.

Let’s Talk

If you’re unsure which option is right for your business, we can help. We assist businesses with these decisions every day.

We can discuss how your business operates, provide tailored recommendations, and support you in implementing your chosen option with minimal disruption.

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