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Microsoft stops selling Windows 10: You can still get it here
You want to buy Windows 10? Then there is bad news: Microsoft will no longer sell licenses from February 2023. Windows 10 can still be used as usual, but you have to switch to third-party providers to purchase a license.

Windows 10 is not finished, it is still the most popular desktop operating system ever. Nevertheless, the end of support is already certain. But there will definitely be security updates for Windows 10 until October 2025 .

So it's a bit surprising that Microsoft stopped selling Windows 10 licenses. According to the announcement on the website , the sale only runs until January 31, 2023 . Windows 10 Pro costs 259 euros directly from Microsoft and Windows 10 Home 145 euros .

But just because Microsoft no longer sells Windows 10 licenses doesn't mean they're no longer available for purchase. Third-party providers cover the needs of customers.

Microsoft will no longer sell Windows 10 licenses — what you need to know

Quote:Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses by the end of the month. As PCWorld reports, Microsoft has posted notices in multiple places online notifying users that it will end digital downloads of Windows 10 on January 31, 2023. If you want to buy a Windows 10 license after that date, you’ll have to get it from places other than Microsoft.

Though Microsoft will stop selling Windows 10 licenses, the operating system will continue to receive support for the next couple of years. "January 31, 2023 will be the last day this Windows 10 download is offered for sale,” says Microsoft’s Windows 10 Home product page. “Windows 10 will remain supported with security updates that help protect your PC from viruses, spyware, and other malware until October 14, 2025.”

What does this mean for people interested in building a Windows 10 PC? The only recourse will be to purchase existing Windows 10 licenses from third-party retailers. If you or someone you know wants or needs a Windows 10 license, you can find OEM (original equipment manufacturer) copies on places like Amazon.

Microsoft’s decision to stop selling Windows 10 licenses isn’t all that surprising. A few short weeks ago, the Redmond-based company pulled the plug on the last remaining support for Windows 7. It also ended support for Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s not hard to deduce Microsoft’s goal here, namely to make Windows 11 the only Microsoft operating system you can officially buy.

Windows 11 has seen much improvement since it launched at the end of 2021. It’s still not perfect, but it’s become a better and more stable operating system for most users. With that said, there are still a fair amount of folks who may not want to upgrade to Windows 11 or can’t due to Microsoft’s stringent Windows 11 PC requirements. If you’re not ready to leave Windows 10 behind, it might not be a bad idea to buy an extra license or two before OEM copies eventually become difficult to find.


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