Stay on Top of Windows 10 Updates

Microsoft has taken a different approach to updating Windows 10, as they release major builds twice a year. Each build will have an end of lifecycle and will cease to be supported as defined by their End of Service date. Users should know that they must regularly commit to updating their Windows 10 operating system or risk cyber threat and/or block.

Microsoft has published the Windows 10 lifecycle fact sheet (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet), and their end of life dates (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-enterprise-and-education). This information is also represented in the table below.

Windows 10 version history

Date of availability

End of service

Windows 10, version 20H2

October 20, 2020

May 9, 2023

Windows 10, version 2004

May 27, 2020

December 14, 2021

Windows 10, version 1909 

November 12, 2019

May 10, 2022 

Windows 10, version 1903

May 21, 2019

December 8, 2020

Windows 10, version 1809

November 13, 2018

May 11, 2021

Windows 10, version 1803

April 30, 2018

May 11, 2021

Windows 10, version 1709

October 17, 2017

October 13, 2020

Windows 10, version 1703

April 11, 2017

October 8, 2019

Windows 10, version 1607

August 2, 2016

April 9, 2019

Windows 10, version 1511

November 10, 2015

October 10, 2017

Windows 10, version 1507

July 29, 2015

May 9, 2017

To find out about the your Windows 10 version, see Which Windows operating system am I running? (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/13443/windows-which-operating-system)

Users should be mindful regarding Windows Updates:

  • Backup your system before doing your Windows Update, you can use Druva inSync from our software download page, go.lbl.gov/DownloadDruvainSync

  • Run Windows Update on Windows 10, update files can be big and may take some time to download

  • Once the Update starts to download you can minimize it and continue working

  • When the download is complete it will ask for a reboot, you can pause or reschedule for the end of the day (Note: update will not finish without a reboot). Note there may be a couple of reboots involved so be patient.

  • Application of system settings after a Windows Update may require another 15-30 minutes after you reboot and login

Users can REQUEST HELP with updating their Windows 10 system.

Remember do not push off updating your computer, update regularly!

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