Still using Windows 11 21H2? The original version of Windows 11 is running out of support, and Microsoft has reminded us that users will need to upgrade to a newer version soon.
Neowin noted that Microsoft has updated the release status dashboard to make things clearer for those using Windows 11 21H2 (Home and Pro, plus Pro variants).
The company reminds us that support ends on October 10, 2023 and that the October cumulative security update, which will be released on that day, will be the last update ever received by Windows 11 21H2.
Microsoft further clarifies: “The September 2023 non-security preview update will be the last optional release, and the October 2023 security update will be the last optional security release for Windows 11, version 21H2. Windows 11, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional versions.”
Analysis: there is only one way to go
21H2 users will then be prompted to upgrade to 22H2 and Windows 11 will automatically start upgrading to do so when this end date arrives or up to a couple of months before. Therefore, if you are still using Windows 11 21H2, you may encounter this forced update very soon.
Of course, it’s critically important that your copy of Windows 11 stays up-to-date and keeps up with the flow of security fixes, or else your PC could be exploited by hackers and opportunists.
If Windows 11 23H2 emerges very soon, it’s possible you’ll be pressured to switch to that instead of 22H2. However, we don’t think it’s too likely, even though it could come later this month, as we noted earlier, but most rumors place it in Q4, which of course means October at the earliest, and most likely not Soon. in the month. We will see.