At the end of this month, Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses directly from its website, after which it will only be available from third-party providers. Support and release of security updates for the operating system will end on October 14, 2025.
Microsoft has posted a notice on the Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Workstation pages that the company will stop selling direct digital copies of the system effective January 31, 2023. “January 31, 2023 will be the last day this Windows 10 download will be available for sale. Windows 10 will continue to be supported with security updates to help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware through October 14, 2025.”says the site Windows 10 Home and professional.
In other words, Microsoft not only recommends buying Windows 11 over the previous version of the system — customers simply don’t have a choice. Third-party license vendors remain the only option for those looking to purchase Windows 10. The Media Creation Tool for downloading and creating Windows 10 installation images is still available on Microsoft’s website – the company has not commented on this. On January 10, the developer released the latest security update package for Windows 8.1, and now the system is no longer supported.