Question of the Week
Question: "I heard that Microsoft is going to stop supporting Windows 10. How can that be? Windows 10 is only a year and a half old!"
Answer: With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft has changed how they support an operating system.
In the past, when Microsoft made major changes to their operating system (OS), they would change names, etc. For instance, when they changed from Windows Vista, the new OS became Windows 7. In truth, though, Windows 7 was just Vista Release 2 renamed because of the bad publicity surrounding Vista. Windows 7 pretty much fixed all that was wrong with Vista and got a new name.
Windows 10, however, is a different story. Three versions of Windows 10 have been released thus far - 1507, 1511 and 1607. The version names consist of the year and the month of release. What our customer saw or heard about the end of support for Windows 10 was actually the end of support for the first version - version 1507. The support will end on March 26, 2017. If you have version 1507, Windows 10 will continue to work, there just won't be any updates for it.
Since Windows 10 pretty much updates itself, for most of our customers, this will not be an issue. Hopefully, if you're a Windows user, you're already using version 1607.
So, how can you check to see which version you're running? Like everything in Windows, there are several ways to do it but we'll share one way here:
1) On your keyboard, hold down the Windows Key and tap the letter R. (Click HERE if you don't know what the Windows Key looks like.)
2) In the run window which appears, type "winver" without the quotation marks.
3) Click OK.
4) Read the version. It should be 1607 or 1511.