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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 (, see the table below.

Windows 10 version history

Date of availability

End of service

Windows 10, version 1709

October 17, 2017

April 9, 2019**

Windows 10, version 1703

April 5, 2017

October 9, 2018**  

Windows 10, version 1607

August 2, 2016

April 10, 2018**

Windows 10, version 1511

November 10, 2015

October 10, 2017**

Windows 10, released July 2015 (version 1507)

July 29, 2015

May 9, 2017

Thanks to Berkeley Lab BigFix and support from our LBL Active Directory and our Windows Server Update Service (WSUS), we have discovered 43 Windows computers that have not updated their Windows 10, version 1511 operating system. These systems must update immediately. IT User Support will be reaching out to these users in the next week to provide any support needed with their Windows 10 update.

To find out about the your Windows 10 version, see Which Windows operating system am I running? (

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,

  • 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)

  • 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 by clicking on the link below.

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



This project was possible because IT identified affected systems with Berkeley Lab BigFix. To get Berkeley Lab BigFix for your computer, please visit