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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 21H1 – May 2021 Update Windows 10: Recommended Version

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      • #2389792
        Mike
        AskWoody Plus

        I wish there was a simple poll.  I’m interested for my own benefit, which is the recommended version (2004, 20H2, 21h1) I should use for a new build on a fairly new self built desktop.

        Comments appreciated.

      • #2389801
        Susan Bradley
        Manager

        2004 drops out of support in December.  I would go with 21H1.  Running it here, no issues.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2389805
        Mike
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks Susan.  I’m always “fretting” about my windows based programs not working on the latest version/build.

      • #2389866
        zero2dash
        AskWoody Lounger

        My Win10 desktops run on the 120 day feature update deferral, so they’re all currently running 20H2 which I’ve had no issues with. However, 120 days ends up tomorrow, I believe, so I’m about to eat a 21H1 upgrade any minute now. Keeping that in mind, I’d go ahead and run 21H1 at this point since 20H2 is basically towards the end of it’s support life, unless of course you defer feature updates greater than 120 days. 🙂

      • #2389896
        doriel
        AskWoody Lounger

        If you insist on Windows, I would go for 21h1 PRO, it has 6 months of extra support. In the company, we use 20h2, so I can recommend it too. The newer version has more vulnerabilities, but the newer version means theoretically less updating in the future, so if that is your desire. GNU/Linux is also option, but it depends, what is the purpose of the machine, its not mainstream, so it means some options or SW are more difficult to get.

        https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/products/windows-10-home-and-pro

        In the link, interesting fact about support ending on October 2025. Microsoft already giving up on Windows 10? This information was not there few months ago.

        Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

        HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

        PRUSA i3 MK3S+

        • #2389904
          b
          AskWoody MVP

          In the link, interesting fact about support ending on October 2025. Microsoft already giving up on Windows 10? This information was not there few months ago.

          That information has been there since RTM six years ago:

          A Microsoft page for Windows was updated back in 2015 to state that support for Windows 10 would end on October 14, 2025.

          Windows 10 support ending in October 2025 is old news

          Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1263 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

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          • #2389912
            doriel
            AskWoody Lounger

            Thanks. Mindgames by Microsoft. This information was never mentioned by a single PR proclamation. And if was, it was the smallest paragraph possible. The trully last Windows ever 🙂 what a fraud.

            Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

            HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

            PRUSA i3 MK3S+

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            • #2389914
              AlexEiffel
              AskWoody_MVP

              It has been mentioned numerous times a very long time ago when Windows 10 was out and months later. This is not a surprise and considering you can upgrade to 11 with a machine meeting the requirements for free, the real question becomes more how many years of supported Windows can you run with a certain hardware.

              You should be more offended by Office again reducing the period of support from 10 years before to 7 years for 2019 to 5 years for 2021, many people still preferring not to use an always changing subscription version. I think Microsoft wasn’t supposed to do another version after 2019, but I might be wrong. Apparently, it seems too many customers would be upset to have to subscribe to 365. I am one of those, but I certainly don’t appreciate the 5 years support. They probably hope to get everyone on subscription by then. They do not make it easy to order or even know there is a perpetual license for the casual user, from what I have seen on their web site.

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              • #2389930
                b
                AskWoody MVP

                They do not make it easy to order or even know there is a perpetual license for the casual user, from what I have seen on their web site.

                It’s not hidden:

                Compare Microsoft 365 with Office

                Windows 10 Pro version 21H2 build 19044.1263 + Microsoft 365 (group ASAP)

              • #2390794
                AlexEiffel
                AskWoody_MVP

                I didn’t say it is hidden, but it is not easy for the casual small business user to understand that this option is available. For home users, it is below all the 365 plans presented as the options on top of the page and you have to scroll down a bit to reach “Compare” and then you need to understand what it means.

                If you click on the for business tab, you will only see at the bottom of the page after many different 365 plans “Looking for Office as a one-time purchase?”. I have helped people figure out what to buy for themselves or their small business because they didn’t know what to buy looking at all those plans or I had to help because they bought the wrong thing and they didn’t want a subscription.

                Please let’s be fair here and agree that they try to avoid you buying the perpetual license. Now you might think they are virtuous thinking that people really would benefit and prefer to use a 365 license  because it is not tied to and do not die with the computer, users can share it with other family members with the family plan, you can benefit from new features right away if you think it has any value, so that is why they would push it more, or they might just think that it gives them more money and predictable income stream, or all this. However, for casual users who do not like subscription and software that keeps changing, they might buy the wrong product not realizing there is still a perpetual license for a version that mostly stays the same.

      • #2389985
        EP
        AskWoody_MVP

        go with either 21H1 or 21H2, Mike.
        -most likely leaning towards 21H1

        I’m currently beta testing Win10 21H2 (build 19044.x) and that one is almost finalized

      • #2391100
        deeppow
        AskWoody Plus

        Been running Win10 64bit version 21H1 (build 19043.1237) since 5/‎14/‎2021.  No issues.

        Part of the OTHG (over the hill gang). Which way did they go --- I'm their leader!

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