Microsoft ceases support for all editions of Windows 10 20H2 from today
Windows 10 20H2 consumer edition support concluded some time ago, yet the enterprise, educational, and Internet of Things (IoT) editions have enjoyed an extended support period, which ends today, May 9, 2023.
Microsoft has issued the final update for Windows 10 20H2: KB5026361. With this release, support for all Windows 10 20H2 editions comes to an end, and no further security updates will be provided.
If you continue to use these versions, it is advisable to upgrade promptly to Windows 10 22H2 to ensure that any high-risk vulnerabilities discovered later will be addressed, preventing serious security issues.
Windows 10 20H2, launched on October 20, 2020, is classified as a minor update. Its predecessor, Windows 10 20H1/2004, was considered a major update. Since then, Windows 10 has not seen any major updates, with subsequent releases such as 20H2, 21H1, 21H2, and 22H2 being minor updates, featuring no significant new functionality apart from version number revisions.
The consumer edition of 20H2 had an 18-month support cycle, which ended in May 2022. The enterprise and IoT editions received extended support until now.
Next in line for discontinued support is Windows 10 21H2, which will reach the end of its support period on June 13, 2023. This includes the Home, Professional, Professional Workstation, and Educational editions. The Enterprise, Educational, and IoT editions will receive an additional year of support, lasting until June of next year.
Following this, the final version of Windows 10, 22H2, will be released. Microsoft has made it clear that this will be the last version of Windows 10, with support concluding in 2025, after which Windows 10 will exit the historical stage.
However, long-term support for some Windows 10 editions, such as the IoT version, will continue with updates provided until 2027.