You may wonder if I ask you “Is your Windows 10 supported” as it is the latest operating system from Microsoft.
Any Microsoft product has a “Life Cycle” which means whether you can get program update or any fix on line or not.
Windows 10 is no exception. As the matter of fact, each release (major update) has much less life cycle than previous version of operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
Please refer to this pdf document link for detailed explanation.
As you can see Microsoft released altogether 4 versions of Windows 10. According to their facts sheet, supporting period is defined as follows;
Desktop operating systems Date of availability Support retired
Windows 10 version 1507 29/07/15 09/05/17
Windows 10 version 1511 10/11/15 N/A
Windows 10 version 1607 02/08/16 N/A
Windows 10 version 1703 05/04/17 N/A
It means the original release of Windows 10 in July, 2015 (ver 1507) is no longer supported for program updates and fixes (it maybe still under update support for so called “Grace Period”, though). Whether you like it or not, you are rather forced to follow their Windows 10 update policy. You can check your current version of Windows 10 by (1) Right Click of your Mouse at any empty desktop location (2) Choose “Personalize” at the bottom of pop up window (3) Choose “Home” close to the top left hand side screen (4) Choose “System” (5) Choose “About” at bottom of the far left hand side column (Microsoft Windows 10 navigation system is not much of user friendly one). Then you get the following screen.
As you can see from the above image, example of Windows 10 version is 1703 (latest-as of today). However, it all depends on your PC hardware and software whether you can update your windows 10 to the latest version. As Microsoft states “A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s “OEM” support period. Update availability may vary, for example by country, region, network connectivity, mobile operator e.g., for cellular‐capable devices, or hardware capabilities including, e.g., free disk space.”
Many of my associates/friends have already experienced issues with Windows 10 major updates – such as particular software is no longer functioning, printer is no longer recognised etc. You really should back up the whole operating system drive before any major update. If you do not know how to do it, please consult with your friendly computer specialist.
Updated on 3/9/17 (Reply to a comment by ed sheeran latest song)
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Updated on 24/1/18 (Reply to a comment by Ezra Firsching)
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Updated on 24/1/18 (Reply to a comment by Tonie Dalitz
Hi Tonie. By this time, I would say it’s quite a common knowledge by Windows user community. As Microsoft announced they would be releasing 2 major Windows 10 updates in a year, this supporting cycle going to be a big issue for corporate users. Most likely, corporate users do not have much choice but use Windows 10 Enterprise version to avoid frequent updates.
Updated 25/1/18 (Reply to www.onedailygame.com)
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