Microsoft in inching closer to the release of next big Windows 10 update. As a result, the tech giant has officially ended its support for an older release. As of 10th October, Windows 10 version 1511 will not be receiving any more updates or security from Microsoft. This applies to:
- Windows 10 Home
- Windows 10 Pro
- Windows 10 Education
- Windows 10 Enterprise
It is pertinent to mention that the variant 1511 was first released to PCs couple of years ago in November 2015.
If you have the Windows 10 version 1511 installed on your PC, you can still use it. However, the deficiency of security updates will make your PC more vulnerable to some threats. One of the simplest solutions which Microsoft has also recommended is to update your Windows to the latest release, the Creators Update. As a result, your PC will be protected from some horrible threats.
Microsoft undertook the ‘Windows as a Service’ (WaaS) push with the release of Windows 10. Under this new model, the general public would be receiving feature releases at a more rapid pace in comparison to the previous version of Windows. Subsequently, every new major release is only supported for a limited time period only. Microsoft explains in a support document:
“Since version 1511 was released in November 2015, Microsoft has released additional feature updates that build upon each other, delivering the newest features and more comprehensive security. Windows 10 was designed as a service, whereby feature updates are required a couple times a year. For most consumers, both quality and feature updates are delivered automatically according to their Windows Update settings”
Find out which version of Windows 10 you are using
The simplest way to discover which variant of Windows 10 you are using is by typing ‘winver’ in your taskbar search and opening the ‘About Windows’ box. If you come across the message that your version number is 1511 then you would be required to update it.
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Moreover, you can also begin the update process manually by heading to the Microsoft’s software download page and clutching the Update Assistant. However, if you are looking forward to the latest update then Microsoft will be launching Fall Creators Update to everyone on 17th October.