It’s only been a week since Microsoft stopped supporting some older versions of Windows 10 – especially the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10 versions 1803, 1809, and 1909 – but the effects won’t take long to kick in.
While Windows 10 version 1809 reaching “end of maintenance” means there will be no more official patches and updates from Microsoft, the operating system will not be left completely unsupported. For anyone who is unwilling or unable to upgrade to a newer version of Windows 10, the 0patch micro-patch service has stepped in to lend a hand.
The company claims it is “adopting security” from Windows 10 version 1809 in an effort to help address “the” lack of security updates “on supported versions of Windows. While it’s relatively easy for most home users to update their systems to the most recent version of Windows 10, it’s a pretty different story for large businesses with a large number of PC configurations. different to take into account.
Announcing the security adoption of the recently discontinued Windows 10 version 1809, 0patch states:
The May 2021 Windows Updates will contain the latest official security fixes for many editions of three versions of the Windows 10 operating system:
For organizations with one of these versions installed on their computers, this means the end of official security patches and pressure to upgrade to a supported version of Windows 10. Such an upgrade from the operating system to organization-wide might seem like a simple task, mostly automated – but in reality, updates break things,
Additionally, with many users working from home these days, upgrading an operating system involves users downloading a huge update through their home internet connection and difficult remote assistance in the event. problem with the upgrade.
Therefore, customers have reached out to us in recent months to ask if we plan to adopt the security of some of these versions of Windows 10 (mainly version 1809), as they were looking for ways to continue to use them safely. .
And so we decided to adopt Windows 10 security v1809 (build 10.0.17763) – as we previously adopted by Windows 7 Security, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Office 2010.
This is far from the first time 0patch has helped Windows users. In addition to adopting older versions of Windows in the past, the company also quickly came up with micro-fixes for operating system security vulnerabilities before Microsoft was able to do so.
Starting this month, initially for one year, we will actively collect information on vulnerabilities affecting Windows 10 v1809 and, based on our risk criteria, create micropatches for this operating system. We will be particularly interested in any vulnerabilities corrected by Microsoft in the still supported versions of Windows 10, and if they could also affect v1809.
These micropatches will be included in the 0patch PRO and Enterprise licenses along with all other micropatches we issue – meaning that users protecting their Windows 10 v1809 with 0patch will also receive our occasional micropatches for “0day” vulnerabilities in various products.
For our Windows 10 v1809 micropatches to be applied, users will need to have their computers fully updated with the latest official Windows updates (May 2021) provided by Microsoft.
More information is available in the 0patch blog post.