Microsoft to Start Charging for Windows 10 Updates?!

Microsoft to Start Charging for Windows 10 Updates?!

This is a first. Microsoft has announced that they want to start punishing you for not migrating to Windows 11.

That’s right. Starting on October 14, 2025 (late next year), they will start charging you for security updates to Windows 10.

Here’s the kicker, though. Actually, it’s a fact: Windows 11 does not work on a vast majority of PCs. Specifically computers that are more than a few years old.

So what are you to do? Well. You have until late 2025, so you have a little time. Here are the 3 options available to you:

Option 1: Upgrade to Windows 11

That seems pretty straightforward. If your computer is eligible to update, then do so. The good news with this option is that you will not need to pay for updates, since those only apply to Windows 10.

Option 2: Stick with Windows 10 ($$)

Do nothing. You may have no choice if your current computer is not eligible to update to Windows 11. But when October of next year comes around, you’ll need to start paying for updates to keep your computer up to date. Do you need to pay? No. But then, you wouldn’t be receiving the necessary security updates that your computer needs (not advisable). How much will the updates be? We don’t know yet.

Option 3: Buy a New Computer

I have a bit of an issue with this one. Microsoft could simply create a new flavor of Windows 11 to work on older computers. But if (a) your computer is not eligible to upgrade to Windows 11, (b) you want to stay up to date, and (c) you don’t want to pay for option b… then buying a new computer is the only remaining option.

You have until October of 2025 to decide, so you have time. We can help you migrate your small business to Windows 11, or at the very least, your personal computer.

But please let me reiterate… not getting updates for your work computer should never be an option. Especially with AI in the world now. Security updates patch small holes that could be huge vulnerabilities.

Of course, if you’re considering the move to Windows 11, please let us know. We’re here to help you make the transition smooth and hassle-free.