Microsoft will discontinue offering Windows 10 Home and Pro downloads at the end of this month.
The files are being taken down more than two years before Microsoft officially ends support for Windows 10 on October 14th, 2025.
Microsoft has recently added a January 31st sales deadline to the product pages for Windows 10, but it’s unclear how the software juggernaut will handle identical downloads and licensing keys made available by retailers like Amazon.
Microsoft today reiterated its own plans to discontinue making its own sales when asked about Windows 10 license keys and downloads from independent retailers.
“An update was made to the Windows 10 product page to ensure customers have the latest information on purchasing options for Windows 10,” says Amy Bartlow, Windows marketing director, in a statement to The Verge.
“Customers have until January 31, 2023, to purchase Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro from this site,” Amy added.
Microsoft has, of course, recommended Windows 11 in its place and notes that Windows 10 will still be supported through October 2025, when it will no longer receive security updates.
Even though Microsoft is decreasing its own Windows 10 sales to customers, Windows 10 license keys and even laptops and PCs with the OS preloaded are likely still available through third parties for a sizable length of time until Microsoft stops supporting the OS.
In July 2015, Microsoft first made Windows 10 available, emphasizing user feedback and quick iteration.
The operating system came after Windows 8, which received harsh criticism for abandoning the customary Start menu and button in favor of an entirely touch-based user interface.
Additionally, Windows 10 was the first version of Windows from Microsoft to be continuously updated, run as a service, and even referred to as “the last version of Windows” at one time.