Say Goodbye to Windows 10 & Power shell

Windows 10 Version 21H1 Reaches End-of-Service on December 13, 2022
On December 13, 2022, Windows 10 version 21H1 Home and Pro, Enterprise and Education, and IoT Enterprise will go end of life. This EOL date means that your devices won’t receive any more security updates, patches, or technical support from Microsoft. We recommend that you update all the Windows installations within your organization.
There were already several Windows 10 versions that went end of life (EOL) in the past (1507, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709, 1903, 1909, 2004, and 20H2 for Home & Pro). We always recommend updating your installations to the latest Windows 10 version. In this case that is the worldwide deployment of Windows 10 22H2 or higher.

The different editions and versions unfortunately add a lot of complexity to the support structure. They can make it difficult to really grasp when the product that you are using will no longer be supported. For Windows 10 alone, we have the Home & Pro edition end-of-life dates, which are different from the end-of-life dates for the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions. To add to the complexity, some versions are available as LTSB (Long Term Servicing Branch) or LTSC (Long Term Servicing Channel) editions, as it is now called, which also have their own specific dates.

That’s why we provide our Windows 10 EOL report. This report looks at the specific Windows version and edition and shows how much longer it will be supported.

Windows 10 – 21H1
On December 13, 2022, Windows 10 version 21H1 will be going end of life for all editions (Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise, Home, and Pro). You are advised to update any Windows 10 devices to version 21H2 or higher. For the Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions, Version 20H2 is still supported as well, though this version has already gone end of life for Home and Pro.

Our team has created an audit report to help you identify which machines need to be updated and how long your other machines still have before they go end-of-life. You can use the Windows 10 EOL audit to get a complete list of all Windows 10 devices, their EOL date, and how many days there are remaining.

Windows 10 end of life report
Run the Windows 10 End of Life Audit Report
Windows Server EOL
Recently, Microsoft has also started releasing more and more versions for Windows servers, bringing it in line with their regular Windows 10 releases. While dedicated server releases are still supported for a long time, should you be running one of these newer versions, it is important to keep an eye on when it might stop receiving updates. Head over to our Windows Server EOL blog post to find out more and a report for a Windows Server EOL overview.

Are you ready for Windows 11?
We have made a special Windows 11 blog and report to help you audit your network to do a Windows 11 readiness check of your systems.

how many days there are remaining.

Windows 10 end of life report

Officially, Windows PowerShell started in 2006, when it became the new name for what Microsoft up to then had called “Monad”. From the start, it was positioned as part of Microsoft’s management technology offerings, finally allowing Windows users and admins to use a command-line interpreter (CLI) that isn’t limited to basic commands and a basic scripting language.

In 2016, PowerShell went open-source and also cross-platform and now resides primarily on the GitHub page. Over the years Powershell has developed itself into an automation and configuration tool/framework that is optimized for dealing with structured data (e.g. JSON, CSV, XML, etc.), REST APIs, and object models. Additionally, it includes a command-line shell, an associated scripting language, and a framework for processing cmdlets.

Powershell Lifecycle

Microsoft PowerShell follows Microsoft’s modern lifecycle policy. Microsoft uses this policy for most products that are services and supported continuously and the products are supported if they meet the following conditions:

  • Customers must stay current as per the servicing and system requirements published for the product or service.
  • Customers must be licensed to use the product or service.
  • Microsoft must currently offer support for the product or service.

The wording of this policy is very vague, so it’s best just to look at the PowerShell lifecycle page.

Version Start Date End Date
PowerShell 7.2 (LTS-current) Nov 8, 2021 Nov 8, 2024
PowerShell 7.1 Nov 11, 2020 May 8, 2022
PowerShell 7.0 (LTS) Mar 4, 2020 Dec 3, 2022
PowerShell Core 6.2 Mar 28, 2019 Sep 4, 2020
PowerShell Core 6.1 Sep 13, 2018 Sep 28, 2019
PowerShell Core 6.0 Jan 20, 2018 Feb 13, 2019

PowerShell 7.0 (LTS) End-of-Life

PowerShell 7.0 (LTS) will be end-of-life on Dec 3, 2022. The only current replacement is updating to Powershell 7.2. Aside from being fully supported, PowerShell 7.2 also includes the following new features:

  • New universal installer packages for most supported Linux distributions
  • Microsoft Update support on Windows
  • 2 new experimental features
    • Improved native command argument passing support
    • ANSI FileInfo color support
  • Improved Tab Completions
  • PSReadLine 2.1 with Predictive IntelliSense
  • 7 experimental features promoted to mainstream and 1 removed
  • Separating DSC from PowerShell 7 to enable future improvements
  • Several breaking changes to improve usability

Find Outdated PowerShell Installations

Most devices will likely be running the default pre-installed Powershell version 5.1. However, Windows doesn’t list this as installed software, and it is also still supported as it is provided with Windows. If you are running PowerShell 7, you can use the report below to get a complete color-coded overview of your PowerShell installations along with the end-of-life date so you’re always prepared for when support is stopped.

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