This Month, Microsoft Will Stop Selling Windows 10 licenses to Customers.

Over the course of more than seven years, Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system was superseded in October 2021 by Windows 11. Despite its age, Windows 10 is still the most popular version of Windows, according to StatCounter, with a global market share of 67.95 percent in December 2022, compared to 16.97% for Windows 11.

However, it now appears that Microsoft is prepared to halt the distribution of brand-new Windows 10 licenses to general consumers. The following disclaimer has been added to Microsoft’s official product pages for Windows 10 Home (opens in new tab) and Windows 10 Pro (opens in new tab):

The last day you can buy this Windows 10 download is January 31, 2023. Security updates for Windows 10 that help keep your computer safe from viruses, spyware, and other malware will be available until October 14, 2025.

Therefore, you only have a few weeks to download the software directly from Microsoft before the company stops supporting it. Windows 10 Home is currently available from Microsoft as a direct download for $139, while Windows 10 Pro costs $199.

But keep in mind that this only applies to Windows 10 downloads that general consumers purchase directly from Microsoft. Furthermore, it is entirely possible that Microsoft’s extensive network of OEM PC partners will continue to be able to purchase Windows 10 licenses in the foreseeable future due to backroom deals that we are unaware of.

Why Microsoft is on track to end Windows 10 sales is pretty clear; It wants to quickly transition as many people as possible to its current Windows 11 operating system. On October 14, 2025, Microsoft will end support for Windows 10, which means there will be no more antivirus or malware protection. It should come as no surprise that Microsoft would like customers to take advantage of the free upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11 as soon as possible.

Windows 10 has a traditional tablet mode that lets you use the Start menu in full screen on your computer. This is no longer there in Windows 11. Instead, Windows 11 behaves more like an iPad, where things become easier to touch when you switch devices. This includes brand-new gestures for opening the Start menu, closing windows, and more that Windows 10 does not have.

Furthermore, Windows 11 adds enhanced pen functionality. Whiteboard can still be used to visually collaborate, and Windows 11 now supports up to four app shortcuts with the pen.

Windows 11 also features improved voice navigation, allowing you to control the operating system, launch applications, enter keyboard and mouse inputs, and basically do anything else you might need. In a nutshell, Windows 11 gives you full voice control over the operating system.

If you are concerned about performance, Windows 11 is an excellent choice. In a YouTube video, Microsoft talked about the improvements and performance benefits of Windows 11.

Microsoft claims that Windows 11 prioritizes the open and running app windows in the foreground when it comes to memory management. They ought to receive more CPU power than other system resources as a result of this. Additionally, Windows 11 suspends some RAM data while your computer sleeps, allowing it to wake up 25% faster than Windows 10.

Since its inception, Microsoft has also made performance enhancements. For instance, a February update to Windows 11 increased the speeds of solid-state drives (SSDs).

In actual use, the differences between Windows 11 and Windows 10 are minimal. Windows 11’s various optimizations help it run faster on less powerful laptops, but Windows 10 doesn’t sacrifice a lot of performance.

Even though Microsoft will no longer be selling Windows 10 to consumers through its web store, there are still a lot of other ways to download the operating system or buy it on DVD. For instance, OEM versions of Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro can be purchased on DVD from Amazon for £109.99 (opens in new tab) and £136.99, respectively. Alternately, DIYers looking to save money when building a new system can take advantage of online stores like Kinguin, which sell Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro product keys for well under £30.