Why It’s Important to Keep Windows 10 Up to Date

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Why It’s Important to Keep Windows 10 Up to Date

Operating systems need to be kept up to date. Unsupported operating systems are a major security risk to a business, and worryingly it is estimated that around 15% of computers with Windows OS globally are running Windows 7. Microsoft hasn’t supported Windows 7 since the start of 2020.

Fortunately, almost 90% of Microsoft operating systems in the UK are Windows 10. And we’re hoping that over the coming months, the number of Windows 7 users will continue to drop.

But having Windows 10 on your computer isn’t the end of it. Microsoft releases regular patches and updates to keep everything running smoothly. And it’s vital that you’re installing these updates as they’re released.

Windows 10 Security

Perhaps the main reason for the release of Windows updates is the addition of security updates. If vulnerabilities are found in the OS, Microsoft will roll out fixes in the next update, or will release an ad hoc update.

The majority of security breaches are the result of having out-of-date software. Cyber criminals will exploit vulnerabilities and try to gain access to systems via out-of-date systems.

Windows 10 Feature Updates

Another type of Windows update for a business computer is one that addresses other Windows issues and bugs. These issues may not necessarily deal with security vulnerabilities, but they could still affect your OS’s stability. On top of this, these bugs may simply be annoying.

Some updates will introduce new features into Windows 10. An example of this from the May 2021 update is Added multi-camera support for Windows Hello.

Unsupported Versions of Windows 10

Some people may not realise that versions of Windows 10 will go unsupported after a period of time, or after newer updates are released. On May 11th 2021, support for version 1909 ended.

Microsoft will stop providing technical support and fixes for newly discovered issues and security vulnerabilities for all products that reach their end of service. Anybody using version 1909 or older should update to a newer version of Windows 10.

If you are running an older Windows 10 version, you are strongly advised to upgrade so that you can continue receiving timely security updates.

Windows 10 Version History

Version Codename Marketing name Build Release date Supported until (and support status by colour)
Home, Enterprise,
Pro, Education
Pro Education,
Pro for Workstations
1507 Threshold 1 N/A 10240 July 29, 2015 May 9, 2017
1511 Threshold 2 November Update 10586 November 10, 2015 October 10, 2017 April 10, 2018
1607 Redstone 1 Anniversary Update 14393 August 2, 2016 April 10, 2018 April 9, 2019
1703 Redstone 2 Creators Update 15063 April 5, 2017 October 9, 2018 October 8, 2019
1709 Redstone 3 Fall Creators Update 16299 October 17, 2017 April 9, 2019 October 13, 2020
1803 Redstone 4 April 2018 Update 17134 April 30, 2018 November 12, 2019 May 11, 2021
1809 Redstone 5 October 2018 Update 17763 November 13, 2018 November 10, 2020 May 11, 2021
1903 19H1 May 2019 Update 18362 May 21, 2019 December 8, 2020
1909 19H2 November 2019 Update 18363 November 12, 2019 May 11, 2021 May 10, 2022
2004 20H1 May 2020 Update 19041 May 27, 2020 December 14, 2021
20H2 20H2 October 2020 Update 19042 October 20, 2020 May 10, 2022 May 9, 2023
21H1 21H1 May 2021 Update 19043 May 18, 2021 December 13, 2022

Versions in red are no longer supported, other versions are supported.

Managed Patching from ACUTEC

Managed patching from ACUTEC will make sure you’re always on a supported version of Windows 10. Patches are rigorously tested to make sure they are fit for purpose, and aren’t going to result in unexpected issues.

Find out more by speaking to one of our consultants today.