Windows 11 presents tons of opportunities to chase your passions with innovative features. From an updated Start menu to novel ways to connect to favorite people, games, news, and content, Windows 11 is the perfect place to think, create, and explore your creativity.
Before beginning with how long Windows 11 will be supported, the foremost thing to know is whether your PC will be compatible with Windows 11. Microsoft has already shared the system requirements for the latest OS, and the modifications from Windows 10 are noteworthy. You will require 64 GB of storage, 4 GB of RAM, and a TPM 2.0 module. A list of compatible CPUs is also available, which will replace a few older devices. So, you have to make sure your CPU is present on the list.
Notwithstanding this constant update system, Windows 10 as a whole still comes with an end-of-support date. Microsoft mentions that it will continue supporting Windows 10 until October 14th, 2025 (approx. 10 years from the original release of Windows 10). The expiry date is the case with each significant Windows version. Usually, they obtain 5 years of mainstream support from their release and 10 years of extended support. To be precise, Microsoft has not officially declared when Windows 11 will stop getting support. However, we can anticipate that to be approx. 10 years from now. This limit can change, and the period can be extended.
Microsoft had supported Windows XP for more than 12 years due to its vast popularity and the unwillingness of few users to move on. In the case of Windows 11, we may see the date to be extended as new feature updates get launched. Alternatively, we may see the end of Windows 11 support when Windows 12 is released. At least 10 years of support is expected. Windows 10 was assumed to be the eventual version of Windows; however, things have now changed with the release of Windows 11.
Another aspect to note for business users is the Long-Term Servicing Channel. The releases in this channel come with 10 years of support. For instance, Windows 10 version 1809 was launched as 2019 LTSC, which would be supported until 2029. Similar releases are expected based on Windows 11. Moreover, they will receive 10 years of support from whenever that LTSC release takes place.
In a nutshell, we can anticipate Windows 11 to continue to be supported for the foreseeable future. A significant feature update will be announced each year, and you ultimately have to install it to prolong your support period. Provided you have the cutting-edge feature update installed, Windows 11 as a whole must be supported for approx. 10 years.
The first thing to note is that Windows 11 will obtain feature updates once every year. Windows 10, too, received such updates, but they took place once every 6 months or so. This implies that Windows 10 prevalent currently is quite different from what it was when launched in 2015. The same thing will happen with Windows 11. After the original release of Windows 11, there will be huge updates every year. Microsoft calls this the modern lifecycle policy.
Apart from appearing very different, each of those Windows 11 updates will possess its own support cycle. Also, Microsoft has already announced publicly that every annual update is about to receive 24 months of support for Home and Pro editions. On the other hand, the support period will be up to 36 months for Enterprise and Education editions. This is a significant change from that in Windows 10, wherein each feature update received 18 months of support. For Education and Enterprise users, too, some updates only received 30 months of support. Every user of Windows 11 would benefit from this latest and upgraded support cycle.
You will have to install all those new updates to access the new support period. In the case of Windows 10, Microsoft has made it obligatory for users to install the latest feature update when their existing one is close to the end of support. This way, you are always supported. It is expected that the same will be the case with Windows 11.