Microsoft has shared that even everyday Windows 10 users can extend their security updates for an additional three years through the Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. This option becomes available after the official end of support on October 14, 2025. Microsoft won’t provide technical assistance or bug fixes for new security, stability, or usability issues after this date.
The last release of Windows 10, version 22H2, will receive monthly security updates until the end of the support date. However, depending on their lifecycles, specialized devices under the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) will get updates beyond October 2025. For example, Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 will reach its Extended End Date on January 9, 2029.
Microsoft recommends IT administrators ensure their Windows 10 devices receive crucial bug fixes and security updates by upgrading eligible systems to Windows 11 or migrating to Windows 11 in the cloud through Windows 365. For Windows 365 users, ESUs will be provided to Windows 10 devices linked to Windows 11 Cloud PCs at no extra cost. Similarly, ESUs will be offered at no additional charge for Windows 10 instances within Azure Virtual Desktop environments, excluding consumption costs.
Statcounter Global Stats data shows that more than 68% of all Windows systems still run Windows 10, while only 26% have migrated to Windows 11.
Windows 10 ESU program is also available for home users
Here is a rewritten version of the information about the Windows 10 ESU program:
For customers who don’t want to or can’t upgrade to Windows 11, Microsoft will offer an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 10 after it reaches its end-of-support date in October 2025.
As Jason Leznek, Principal Product Manager for Windows Servicing and Delivery, explained, “While we strongly recommend moving to Windows 11, we understand there are circumstances that could prevent you from replacing Windows 10 devices before the end of support date. Therefore, Microsoft will offer Extended Security Updates to continue critical and important security updates for Windows 10 past the end of support.”
The ESU program will only include essential security updates, not new features, non-security updates, or design changes. For the first time, individual home users can also purchase ESU subscriptions to continue receiving Windows 10 security updates. Specific pricing details and enrollment conditions will be announced closer to late 2024, about one year before Windows 10’s end of life.
Leznek noted that more details on the ESU program would be shared as the launch approaches, including availability for individual consumers. However, the program will ensure enterprises and users who cannot migrate to Windows 11 can continue securely using Windows 10 past the end of support through paid extended security updates.