There are approximately 240 million Windows 10 PCs that will become obsolete once Microsoft drops support on October 14, 2025. Additionally, 40% of enterprise workstations are also expected to become unsupported. This is due to many older Windows 10 machines lacking the necessary CPU or Trusted Platform Module (TPM) required for Windows 11.
The options for users of these soon-to-be obsolete Windows 10 machines are limited. Microsoft and its hardware partners are encouraging users to purchase new PCs. Alternatively, users can attempt to upgrade their unsupported Windows 10 PCs to Windows 11, though Microsoft does not officially support this process. Options such as running Linux or ChromeOS Flex on these machines as an alternative to Windows are also viable alternatives. Both Linux and ChromeOS Flex are free and offer long-term support for older hardware.
Microsoft does offer Extended Security Updates (ESUs) for Windows 10, but the pricing has not been disclosed. Additionally, companies like 0Patch offer custom patches for out-of-service operating systems, providing support for an extended period at a cost.
Overall, there are several ways to extend the useful life of older Windows 10 PCs once Microsoft drops support, including migration to alternative operating systems or purchasing support from third-party companies.