Microsoft has confirmed that it will offer security updates for Windows 10 after the operating system’s expiration date for consumer users, but for a fee.
The brand recently announced plans to charge regular users for Extended Security Updates (ESU) who intend to continue using Windows 10 after the October 14, 2025 support date.
Previously, such support was only available to enterprise organizations; However, Microsoft is expanding it to individual users for the first time. The service will be available through an annual subscription service, although the brand has not yet shared pricing details for the plan.
While Microsoft is making it available, it is also planning to add AI-powered Copilot to Windows 10. However, older systems won’t get as comprehensive an update as those running Windows 11, The Verge noted.
The company still insists that the transition to Windows 11 is the best course for most users, noting in its blog post about the ESU program that although it provides security updates, technical support is not available. Is.
Although the official end of Windows 10 is October 14, 2025, making the operating system’s lifespan approximately ten years, the ESU program extends OS support to three years for those who pay for additional security patches.
Programs like this are probably a go-to for the transition between Windows 10 and Windows 11. Research has shown that Windows 11 adoption is going much better than previously estimated, with the system actively running on more than 400 million devices and half a billion installed since launch. 2024. However, Windows 10 still dominates the business sector, powering 80.5% of devices.
In October, IT asset management group Lensweeper revealed that most businesses were only updating to Windows 11 when changing hardware, even though most had the minimum requirements to upgrade to the latest operating system.
Similarly, individual users may have their own reasons for maintaining the old system and may be willing to invest in maintaining that state. Microsoft will likely trust such users just as much as it does enterprise users.
The Verge noted that in addition to the paid service, Microsoft may be forced to provide free security updates for older software in extreme circumstances, such as defending against ransomware attacks. A similar case happened in 2017 when an update had to be sent to the defunct Windows XP OS.