Windows 10 version 21H1 will be retired at the end of the year

These version support cycles and upgrade schedules can be a hassle if consumers are unclear about Microsoft’s product lifecycle policies. For example, Windows 10 version 21H1 will end support on December 13, 2022, which means that users must upgrade to the latest version before this date. This is the problem caused by the inconsistency of Microsoft’s short life cycle and push schedule. Under normal circumstances, the support period of these versions is only 18 months.

Windows 10 version 21H1 end support
Windows 10 21H1 was released on May 18, 2021, and the consumer edition includes Home, Professional, and Education editions, etc. End support on December 13, 2022. Users have been able to upgrade this new version since May last year, but Microsoft pushed this new version to users on a large scale from January to April this year. So if users upgrade in the first half of this year, they have to upgrade again after less than a year of actual use, which may make users a little confused.

Since the Windows 10 21H1 enterprise version branch has an additional support period, the support will not end at the end of the year, and it is mainly the consumer version series that needs to be upgraded in advance. Considering that Windows 10 version 22H2 is about to be released, Microsoft may be the first to push the new version to users.

But if you consider stability and don’t want to use the latest version, it is recommended to upgrade to Windows 10 21H2 version in advance, which is currently relatively stable. Windows 10 version 21H2 is supported until June 13, 2023, so you can upgrade to Windows 10 version 22H2 until next summer.