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Windows 11 End of Support Date Confirmed and What to Do With That [2022 Guide]

Updated by Daisy on Sep 22, 2022
Written by Tracy King

In this article, you'll learn:

  • Windows 11 End of Support Date
  • What Happens When Windows 11 Reaches End of Service
  • Can I Still Use Windows 11 (Sun Valley) After 2024
  • What Do I Do after Windows 11 Is End of Support

Windows 11 end of support date

Windows 11 Release Date and Its Background:

It's been a well-known fact that Windows 11 was initialized and released on October 5th, 2021, and Microsoft published seven editions for different Windows users to update and install the new operating system:

  • Windows 11 Home
  • Windows 11 Pro
  • Windows 11 Pro Education
  • Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
  • Windows 11 Enterprise
  • Windows 11 Education
  • Windows 11 Mixed Reality

Among these editions, Windows 11 Home and Pro editions own the biggest number of users. However, one significant change is that the system requirements for installing Windows 11 are quite different from Windows 10. Due to this, Microsoft recommends that all Windows users apply a Windows 11 check tool to confirm their computers are compatible with Windows 11.

Update: The current Windows 11 is also called Sun Valley, and the newest version - Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 (22H2) has been confirmed to come to all users in March 2022.

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So when will Windows 11 end its support, and what should you do when the moment comes? This is what this page aims for. Continue reading to get your answers here. 

Windows 11 End of Support Date

By now, Microsoft has released several editions to improve the performance of this new operating system - Windows 11. However, some of you may wonder to know when will Windows 11 reach its end of service, and here is the confirmed information. 

Editions Release Date End of Support Date
Windows 11 Home (21H2) Oct 4, 2021 Oct 10, 2023
Windows 11 Pro (21H1) Oct 4, 2021 Oct 10, 2023
Windows 11 Education(21H1) Oct 4, 2021 Oct 8, 2024
Windows 11 Enterprise (21H1) Oct 4, 2021 Oct 8, 2024

So what will happen if your Windows 11 reaches the end of service? Move on, and you'll see all the issues that will come to your computers after Windows 11 support end.

What Happens When Windows 11 Reaches End of Service

Here is a list of upcoming issues in Windows 11 once it ends its support:

#1. End of Mainstream Support

Once this ends, you'll keep receiving new updates for the new Windows operating system. Microsoft encourages all Windows users to get and install new Windows updates if possible.

#2. End of Extended Support

Microsoft will no longer continue pushing security patches to your computer when the extended support ends. 

The mainstream support lasts for five years or so. Once it ends, it comes to extended support, which will last for five years or so. 

#3. No Further Updates

Once the extended support ends, Microsoft won't offer any updates to your system, even for security issues. After this, your computer with an old Windows version will have to face virus infection, bugs, malware, etc., issues alone.

Can I Still Use Windows 11 (Sun Valley) After 2024 

Most current Windows users who have Sun Valley installed on their computers may all have the same question, which is "Can I still use Windows 11 (Sun Valley) after 2014"?

The answer is both "YES" and "NO".

  • For the yes, it is because you own the computer and can choose to stay with the current Windows 11 on your computer even though it reaches the end of service.
  • For the no, it is because a new operating system with security patches can provide you with a better work circumstance. 

As long as your computer meets both software and hardware requirements of the new Windows 11 or Windows N, it will be more secure and more efficient to run the new Windows system on your PC. 

What Do I Do after Windows 11 Is End of Support

From the answers listed above, it's clear that you have two options once Windows 11 is the end of support:

  1. #1. Stay with Windows 11 (for Old PCs)
  2. #2. Upgrade Windows 11 to New Windows OS (for New PCs)

Stay with Windows 11 or upgrade Windows 11 to a new operating system is highly decided by your computer hardware circumstance. 

  • For old computers, it's a wise choice that you stay with the current system to make sure your computer runs fine. 
  • For newer machines that are still compatible with newer Windows OS, you can select to continue upgrading to the latest Windows N, such as the coming Windows Sun Valley 2.

#1. Stay with Windows 11 

If you've decided to stay with Windows 11 on your computer, here are some tips that you can follow to optimize your computers' performance and make your old PC run smoothly.

1. Run Antivirus to Clean Up Virus and Malware

When Windows support ends, Windows Defender or Windows Security Defender may not continue working to block malware or virus on your PC.

To guarantee that your computer is clean, you should first run an antivirus tool or software to clean up viruses and block malware from infecting your device.

Here is a list of recommended powerful antivirus software that you can try:

Image of antivirus

  • AVG
  • Avast
  • Avira
  • Eset
  • McAfee
  • Norton

2. Extend C Drive, Leave Enough Space in System C Drive

When your computer gets old, the overall operating system performance will slow down due to multiple reasons, including hardware issues, system c drive full, and even virus infection, etc.

Among these factors, system c drive getting full is the top issue that may significantly slow down your computer. It's also easy to get rid of this issue by managing your current disk partitions and making full use of existing free space on your drive.

To do so, you can fully reply on professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master. With its powerful features, you can efficiently extend the C drive on your current Windows 11 computers:

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Option 1. Extend System C drive with unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click on the System C: drive and select "Resize/Move".
  2. 2. Drag the system partition end into the unallocated space so to add it to the C: drive. And click "OK". 
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task" and "Apply" to execute the operations and extend the C drive.

Option 2. Extend System C drive without unallocated space

  1. 1. Right-click a big partition with enough free space on the system disk, select "Allocate Space".
  2. 2. Select the system drive at the Allocate Space From (*) To section, and drag the end of System C drive into the unallocated space. Click "OK" to confirm.
  3. 3. Click "Execute Task", it will list the pending operations, and click "Apply" to save the changes and extend the C drive.

0:00-0:26 Extend System Drive with Unallocated Space; 0:27-0:58 Extend System Drive without Unallocated Space.

3. Migrate Windows 11 to A Faster SSD

Aside from the C drive full issue, the other efficient method that helps to improve the computer performance with Windows 11 is to migrate OS from the old hard drive to a faster SSD.

SSDs exceed HDDs in both reading and writing speed, and their high stability also makes it a perfect choice for users to set it as an OS drive. In addition, EaseUS Partition Master with its Migrate OS to HDD/SSD feature helps you effectively replace and upgrade Windows 11 OS disk to a newer and faster SSD.

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Before you start, make sure you install the new SSD correctly to your computer and initialize the SSD in advance.

Then, you can continue with the following steps:

Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.

Step 1. Select "Clone" from the left menu. Select the "Migrate OS" and click "Next" to continue..

select migrate os

Step 2.  Select the target disk you want to clone. Click "Next".

Step 3. Click "Yes" after checking the warning message. The data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.

select the destination disk

Step 4. Preview the layout of your target disk. You can also click the disk layout options to customize the layout of your target disk as you want. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk

preview the lay out

After this, remember that you enter the BISO settings and configure the new SSD as the boot drive:

  • Restart PC and press F1/F2 or Del key to enter BIOS.
  • Go to the boot order section, configure to set the new SSD as Boot drive.

enable new disk as boot drive

  • Save and exit BIOS.

After the computer restarts, you can continue using Windows 11 with a faster speed on your computer. 

4. Create Backup of Essential Data

It's also essential that you take good care of your data on your computer, especially when Windows 11 life is ended.

You can either manually copy all files to an external storage device or upload some valuable computer content to a cloud drive. However, if you prefer an automated backup software, don't miss reliable file backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup. It allows you successfully backup everything in Windows 11 in only a few simple clicks.

#2. Upgrade Windows 11 to New Windows OS

If you prefer to upgrade your computer from Windows 11 to a newer OS after it ends service support, here are the complete guide for you to follow and get a new Windows update.

1. Check System Requirements of New Windows OS

The key point in deciding if you can successfully upgrade to a new operating system is to ensure that your current computer meets the system requirements. 

For now, Microsoft has confirmed that its new Windows edition is on the way. So if you are planning to upgrade Windows 11 to a newer edition, your computer must at least reaches and even surpass the system requirements of Windows 11:

  • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB or larger storage device
  • System firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
  • TPM: Trusted Platform Module (TPM) version 2.0
  • Graphics card: DirectX 12 compatible graphics / WDDM 2.x
  • Display: >9'' with HD Resolution (720p)
  • Internet connection: Microsoft account and internet connectivity required for setup for new Windows systems.

2. Upgrade to New Windows (11 Sun Valley 2) after the End of Service

So how will you be able to get a new update for the newest operating system? Although, currently, Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 is on the way, and you can try to obtain it from two accesses:

In case of any disasters, we want you to be the one to take care of your computer. So please make sure that you create a system recovery image for your system.

Also, remember to make sure that your system C drive has enough space for installing the new update. If not, revert to Method 2 in Case 1 for help. 

Option 1. Get Windows 11 22H2 - Sun Valley 2 from Insider Program

  • Press Windows + S keys to open Settings, click "Update & security".
  • Click "Windows Insider Program, then select "Dev Channel".

Open Insider program

  • Confirm the Privacy Statement, and click "Restart Now".
  • Once the computer boots up, configure the Optional Diagnostic Data is switched On.
  • Then go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for updates.

Option 2. Download and Install Windows 11 22H2 Public Version

When a new version of the Windows 11 system or even newer system is ready, you'll receive an update notice. If you banded the update notification, you could still get the update from your computer with the steps here:

  • Go to Settings, click "Update & Security" > Click "Windows Update" and then click "Check for updates".

Open Windows update

  • Once a new update is found, click "Install Now" to get a newer Windows system.

By following the onscreen guidance, you'll then successfully get and install a new operating system on your PC even Windows 11 ends its support for you.

Conclusion

On this page, we addressed the issue about when Windows 11 end its support and the date and provided a complete guide for you to learn what to do if Microsoft has ended its support for this system. Don't panic.

First, you need to decide will you stay with Windows 11 or continue to upgrade Windows 11 to a newer operating system. Then, you can follow the provided tips on this page for help. Hope you 

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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