What does Windows 10 end of life mean?

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The clock is ticking on the Windows 10 End of Life (EOL) deadline for all versions including Home and Pro. On October 14th 2025, millions of small and medium-sized businesses worldwide will be exposed to vulnerabilities and cyberattack when Microsoft ceases to support this operating system. This article explains the consequences of ignoring Windows 10 EOL.

What does Windows 2012 End of Life mean for small businesses?

When a piece of software reaches EOL, Microsoft stops supporting it. This means no further updates, no more vulnerability patches, bug fixes or technical support. Businesses that haven’t put an upgrade path in place will instantly become prey to the cyber criminals who will be waiting to swoop.

What are the risks of ignoring the Windows 10 EOL deadline?

Cyberthreat and security

From October 14th 2025 onwards there will be no security patches or updates. This means that there is no protection in the Windows 10 operating system against new vulnerabilities. It’s not surprising that orchestrated cyberattacks rise following EOL software deadlines. These are designed to target vulnerable small businesses that haven’t acted quickly enough to dodge the bullet. For them, the risks of ransomware and data breaches significantly increase. Losses could be financial, reputational or legal.

Will my cyber insurance cover me after Windows 10 End of Life?

If you are still operating on EOL software, your insurer is unlikely to provide cover in the event of cyberattack or breach. In the same way you need to ensure your home is secure from intruders, you will need to prove that you have secured your business as best you can before making a claim, should you fall prey to bad actors.

Lack of technical support

Microsoft’s technical support for Windows 10 will cease. This means no access to resources, bug fixes or troubleshooting. If you have got a problem, you’ll probably have to live with it. if you have a 3rd party, line of business application, they will no longer support it when running on a EOL operating system.


If your business is subject to strict data protection or privacy regulation, or if you hold accreditations such as Cyber Essentials or ISO 20007, an unsupported server will result in non-compliance. This could lead to fines or loss of business.

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