Microsoft killed support for the original version of Windows 10 (version 1507) yesterday, meaning it will no longer receive security patches or upgrades.
This affects the Home, Education, Pro and Enterprise editions released in July 2015 – while most users are no longer running this version, Microsoft will want to push users yet to update to do so, though it recently warned against manual updates, saying they may cause issues for some devices.
Since the introduction of Windows 10, Microsoft has released major updates including the recent Creators Update and the Anniversary update. The company said in a blog post: “For most consumers, both quality and feature updates are delivered automatically according to their Windows Update settings. By policy, devices need to install the latest feature update within a 60-day grace period of its release to continue to be eligible for monthly servicing with security updates and other quality updates. We extended this grace period for version 1507 beyond this typical 60-day policy, but the time has now come to end servicing for version 1507.”
Microsoft recently released an emergency patch yesterday to deal with a “crazy bad” security flaw that allowed hackers to exploit an auto-scan feature to upload malicious files to a machine via email. The flaw allowed hackers to gain remote access to a user’s PC by just sending them an email, and it didn’t matter if they opened it or not.
Windows 10 is now runnigng on around 400 million devices, and was the most popular operating system until the start of March when Android overtook it, although it still dominates the worldwide operating system market.
If you’re interested in finding out which version of Windows you are currently running, type “winver” into the search box on your taskbar and hit enter. The About Windows dialogue box will appear and you will be able to see which version of Windows 10 you are running.