Farewell to Windows 10 Version 22H2 and Hello to Windows 11 LTSC

It’s time to bid adieu to Windows 10 with its current version, 22H2, as Microsoft announces the arrival of Windows 11 LTSC. A Windows 11 Migration kit, complete with PowerPoint, Word, and Email templates, is now available for IT administrators.

Windows 10 is scheduled to reach the end of support on October 14, 2025. The present version, 22H2, will be the final iteration of Windows 10, with patches provided until October 14, 2025, at no extra cost.

This announcement pertains to all Windows 10 editions. These versions will continue to receive monthly security updates until that date. Current LTSC releases will maintain support and receive updates beyond this date, based on their specific lifecycles.

Microsoft is expected to offer extended support for Windows 10 22H2 versions, similar to what was provided for Windows 7 and other operating systems. Organizations with extended support contracts will receive hotfixes via a private channel for years to come.

Windows 11 LTSC Release H2 2024

Microsoft plans to release Windows 11 LTSC in the second half of 2024. Many organizations currently utilize Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) for specialized systems and will need to migrate to Windows 11 LTSC before 2025.

  • Windows 11 Enterprise LTSC
  • Windows 11 IoT Enterprise LTSC

Farewell to Windows 10 Operating System

The news that Windows 10 22H2 will be the final version of the Windows 10 operating system is unsurprising, as Microsoft bids farewell to Windows 10. As noted in previous Patch Tuesday posts and videos, there has been little activity surrounding Windows 10 versions.

Operating System Release Date End of Support Date Windows 10 Enterprise and Education Jul 29, 2015 Oct 14, 2025 Windows 10 Home and Pro Jul 29, 2015 Oct 14, 2025

Extended Support for Windows 10

Microsoft is likely to announce extended support for Windows 10 as the 2025 end-of-life date approaches. This process will probably mirror the Extended Security Updates (ESU) provided for Windows 7.

The Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) assists organizations in activating Windows 10 devices with ESU keys. VAMT can be installed as part of the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 10. For more information, see How To Install VAMT and Activate Windows 7 ESU Keys using VAMT.

ESU support is available for up to three years after the End of Support (EOS) date and can be purchased in one-year increments.

Source: https://www.anoopcnair.com/goodbye-to-windows-10-with-22h2-version-ltsc/