Support for Windows 10 version 1903 has ended, which means it's time to upgrade.
Windows 10 versions come and go regularly. As of December 8, 2020, Windows 10 version 1903 will no longer be supported.
End of support applies to all Windows 10 editions and requires an upgrade to a new version of the operating system.
Support for Windows 10 Version 1903 has ended
Windows 10 version 1903 will no longer receive regular updates as of December 8, 2020. The cumulative update sent to Windows 10 users in early December 2020 was the final update for version 1903.
End of support applies to all Windows 10 editions including Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education. The end of support also applies to Windows Server version 1903. The official Microsoft documentation states:
As of December 8, 2020, all editions of Windows 10, version 1903 and Windows Server, version 1903 have reached the end of service. Devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that include protection against the latest security threats. We recommend updating these devices to the latest version of Windows 10 immediately.
End of support for Windows 10 version 1903 closely follows end of support for Windows 10 version 1809.
The end of the support dates for Windows 10 versions is usually between six months. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft made an exception for Windows version 1809 and extended the shelf life from May 2020 to November 2020 by six months.
Here's how to check your Windows 10 version and update
If you're using Windows 10 version 1903, consider upgrading to the latest Windows 10 version as soon as possible.
You can check what version of Windows 10 you are currently using by pressing Windows Key + I.then go to System> Info. You can find your current Windows 10 version at Windows specifications.
The latest version of Windows 10 is 20H2 and was released in October 2020.
To update Windows 10, go to Update & Security> Windows Update. Information on how to update to the latest Windows 10 version can be found here.
If you don't update manually, Windows 10 will automatically update you to Windows 10 version 1909, the October 2019 update for the operating system. Microsoft has already started this process and now, with the end of the support date here, more users will find that their Windows 10 installation will update automatically.
Unlike previous updates, moving from version 1903 to 1909 is not as important as upgrading to 2004 or 20H4. However, if you want to stop at 1909, keep in mind that end of support for this version of Windows 10 will arrive in May 2021.
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