Starting in October 2025 you will be able to continue using Windows 10, but it will have a cost

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From the moment Windows 11 appeared, Microsoft has tried by all means to convince users to abandon the previous version and switch to the new one. It has not always been successful, as many have chosen to remain as they were. But they might change their minds if it's true that Starting in 2025, using Windows 10 will have a cost.

This is the specific date to pay attention to: the 14 2025 October. That day, Microsoft's official support for the operating system Windows 10 You will no longer receive new updates. That's how it has been statement on the official website: the end of the "life cycle" of this very popular version.

The truth is that Windows 10 is one of the best versions of Microsoft's operating system that has ever existed. Its success and popularity have made it widely used, hence the resistance of many users to switching to the new version. Not only that: there are quite a few those who tried Windows 11 and finally made the decision to return to Windows 10. But now it seems that they will have no choice but to adapt to the new circumstances.

The reasons why many users (still) prefer Windows 10

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The reasons that explain this behavior are well founded. The thing goes far beyond a simple matter of taste. The Windows 10 features They make this version much more attractive for an average user. At least until now.

These arguments in favor of Windows 10 versus Windows 11 They can be summarized in the following list:

  • Its alot less demanding at the hardware level. The requirements to install Windows 11 on their computers have been an obstacle for many users from the beginning.
  • La windows 11 interface It has not been very convincing for many, both aesthetically and in its operation.
  • Windows 10 has proven to be a solid and reliable operating system. That makes many ask the question of why they have to change if what they have works so well.

It is also fair to point out that in its early stages Windows 11 presented notable errors, especially in its disastrous updates, something that has been corrected little by little. Despite these improvements, the flow of customers who have transitioned from Windows 10 has continued to be very low.

Without a doubt, this will change starting next year. The fact that in 2025 Windows 10 will have a cost for its use is something that changes everything.

Surely for many users, not even this measure is going to persuade them that they should switch to Windows 11. Those who intend to continue using the previous version will have to resign themselves to stopping receiving Windows 10 updates with everything that this entails. The most important thing is that, without updates, it will be inevitable that they will begin to occur malfunctions and, what is more serious, security vulnerabilities.

How much will you have to pay?

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Always thinking about making money (there is nothing to blame there, Microsoft is a company whose main objective is to make money), this user profile has been offered an alternative solution. If they want to continue using Windows 10 with adequate support, they will have to dig deep into their pockets. An unprecedented decision in the history of Microsoft.

How much will you have to pay? At the moment nothing has been said about the final prices for ordinary users. On his official blog, Microsoft has only published the information about the amount that companies will have to pay who want to continue receiving security update support through ESU (Extended Security Update). These are prices that will go in growing as time passes, which has all the earmarks of being a deterrent measure:

  • First year: $61 per device.
  • Second year: $122 per device.
  • Third year: $244 per device.

Each year the cost doubles, which means that companies will have to face an expense of $427 per device to continue using Windows 10 with all its functions for the next three years (from October 2025 to October 2028).

For many companies, making the jump to Windows 11, which is what Microsoft wants them to do, is not as easy as it seems. The cost can multiply alarmingly in the case of companies that handle a large volume of IT devices and equipment.

And what is going to happen to private users? No information has been leaked yet. It is to be hoped that the prices will be slightly lower for them, although Microsoft's undisguised objective is to "force" everyone to switch to Windows 11. In any case, this is something we will find out soon.

The temporary solution of paying to continue receiving support may be the only way out for users of computers that do not have the necessary installation requirements for Windows 11. The other solution is obvious: buy a new PC.


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