Windows Server 2012 and Windows 11 21H2 reach end of support

Devesh Beri

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Starting this week, Microsoft will no longer provide technical assistance or bug fixes for newly identified issues affecting the stability or usability of systems running Windows Server 2012 and multiple editions of Windows 11, version 21H2.

Administrators who are currently using on-premises Windows Server 2012 have two options: either upgrade to Windows Server 2022 or purchase Extended Security Updates (ESUs) to receive critical bug fixes and security updates. ESUs offer a security update extension for up to three years, which can be renewed annually until October 13, 2026.

Also, Windows 11, version 21H2, is nearing the end of its support. Microsoft plans to automatically update systems running on Windows 11, version 21H2, to the latest version, Windows 11, version 22H2, before the end of service.

However, it is mentioned users have control over when the update installation process takes place for Windows 11, version 22H2, and Microsoft will not automatically restart devices.

The upcoming major release, Windows 11 23H2, is currently in the testing phase and is expected to be unveiled later this year. The previous version, Windows 11 22H2, also known as the ‘Moment 4’ update, was launched with more than 150 new features, which included the introduction of Microsoft Copilot, as well as AI-powered versions of popular tools such as Paint, Snipping Tool, and ClipChamp.