Windows 10 is End of Life

What you need to know


Operating systems, like all things, come with an expiration date. For countless users worldwide, Windows 10 has been a reliable ally since its debut in 2015. Nevertheless, as time marches on, Microsoft is gearing up to say goodbye to this cherished OS. Come October 14, 2025, Windows 10 will formally reach its end of life (EOL), signifying the end of routine updates and security fixes. This page is designed to explore the implications for businesses, the avenues open to them, and the importance of strategizing for this major update in both productivity and planning costs well ahead of the EOL.

Efficiently transitioning away from Windows 10 hinges on meticulous planning. Delaying until the eleventh hour can result in frustration and potential security vulnerabilities. Here are crucial steps to contemplate:

  1. Compatibility Check: Assess if your existing hardware is compatible with Windows 11. If not, explore alternative operating systems.
  2. Data Backup: Safeguard your critical files and documents by backing them up to an external drive or cloud storage.
  3. Essential Apps Inventory: Compile a list of essential applications and verify their compatibility with your chosen operating system.
  4. Upgrade or Replace: Decide whether to upgrade to Windows 11, invest in new hardware, or choose a different operating system altogether.
  5. Transition Scheduling: Set a date for the transition, allowing ample time for necessary preparations and adjustments.
  6. Seek Guidance: If uncertain about any step, seek guidance from DART to navigate the transition smoothly.

Frequently Asked Questions

As Windows 10 approaches its end of life, Microsoft will stop rolling out vital updates, leaving your system vulnerable to cyber threats. Don’t let your business fall prey to security risks—ensure stable cybersecurity by staying informed and prepared for the transition ahead.

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Given the rising sophistication of cyberattacks, prioritizing cybersecurity is crucial. Operating an unsupported OS exposes your computer to significant risks. Hackers frequently target systems without updates, as they’re more susceptible. Safeguard your personal data and system integrity by proactively exploring your options before Windows 10 reaches its end of life (EOL) and ensuring robust support measures are in place.

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Safeguarding Data

Microsoft’s designated successor to Windows 10 is Windows 11. Although not all older hardware will accommodate the new OS, transitioning to Windows 11 is a fantastic option for eligible devices. Windows 11 enhances the core features of Windows 10, presenting a refined interface, heightened performance, and fortified security measures.

Before making the leap, verify your hardware’s compatibility by consulting Microsoft’s official system requirements or consult DART to discuss your upgrade options. Furthermore, it’s wise to safeguard your critical files and documents through backup and compile a list of essential applications for reinstallation post-upgrade.

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For those committed to remaining within the Windows ecosystem, upgrading your hardware might become imperative. Windows 11’s system prerequisites encompass particular processor generations, secure boot functionalities, and TPM 2.0. (Trusted Platform Model) Opting for a new computer that fulfills these criteria will not just guarantee Windows 11 compatibility but also deliver a notable performance enhancement.

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Your Turn to Decide

As Windows 10 nears its end of life, it’s crucial for users to safeguard their systems and maintain a seamless computing journey proactively. Whether you opt to transition to Windows 11, explore alternative operating systems, or invest in new hardware, meticulous planning and preparation are essential. By staying updated and making well-informed choices, you can confidently navigate this transition and uphold your company’s security and compliance.

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