Nowadays, Microsoft warns Windows 10 1703 users that there will be no patches for Windows 10 1703 after October 9. Besides, there is no extended support available for all editions of Windows 10 1703, so you’d better update your operating system to the latest version of Windows 10.
Introduction of No Patches for Windows 10 1703
Microsoft recently warns users of Windows 10 1703 that it will stop security updates for the Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 1703 on October 9, 2019, while the Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, and loT Core editions reached the end of service on October 8, 2018.
The official end-of-life of Windows 10 1703 is earlier than the extended-EOL of Windows 7 . In addition, after October 9, any version of Windows 10 version 1703 will not be available for extended support while Windows 7 users will have the opportunity to pay for extended support.
Microsoft said that after October 9, there will be no patches for Windows 10 1703. And this is because it is part of Microsoft’s move to “Windows as a service” model: Microsoft will release new versions of Windows 10 every 6 months around March and September and set new deadlines for users to accept patches.
Because Windows 10 version 1703 will not receive monthly security and quality updates containing protections from the latest security threats, in order to continue receiving security and quality updates, you’d better update to the latest version of Windows 10, which is version 1903 and also called the May 2019 Update.
After 2 extensions, Microsoft finally announces that there will be no security updates for Windows 10 1703 after October 9, and this deadline reflects that Microsoft has had difficulty in shifting customers to its new Windows 10 servicing model, which is very fast for some users.
Microsoft released Windows 10 1703 in early 2017, which was called Creators Update. At first, the company said there were 18 months of security patches in June 2017. Then Microsoft extended 6-months security support for Windows 10 1703 for Enterprise and Education customers in February 2018. And the October 9, 2019 EOL is another 6-months extended security support.
Because of data deletion bugs that obstructed the Windows 10 version 1809 rollout from September 2019, Microsoft changed course again this year.
According to Microsoft’s current support document about “updates to servicing and support for Windows 10 (published September 6, 2018)”, Windows 10 version 1809 Enterprise and Education March feature updates get 18 months of support from the release date, while the September-targeted versions will be served for 30 months.
Considering the recently discovered security flaws, Microsoft believes that Windows 10 version 1703 could be as bad as WannaCry. Therefore, Microsoft suggests organizations’ computers running Windows 10 1703 should update to the latest version of Windows 10.
There will be no patches for Windows 10 1703 after October 9, 2019, and Microsoft will not provide extended support for any editions of Windows 10 version 1703. Therefore, in order to keep your computer secure, update your OS to the latest version of Windows 10 is the best choice.