End of support for Windows 8.1 – Microsoft Warning

End of support for Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Warning
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The company has already started sending notifications to those who continue to run “Windows 8.1” on their computers, reminding them that they will soon be forced to leave them. This does not mean that they will not be able to use them, but it is not recommended; given that Microsoft will not provide any additional security updates after January 10, 2023. Therefore, those who do not upgrade to a newer version of the operating system, they should live at the risk of potential security vulnerabilities.

“As of January 10, 2023, consumer devices running “Windows 8.1” will no longer be supported by Microsoft. For more information, see the full table of support dates and affected versions of “Windows 8.1” here: Windows 8.1 – Microsoft Lifecycle | Microsoft Docs. Once support is complete, customers who are actively using “Windows 8.1” can continue to use their devices, but will no longer receive security updates or specific product support for “Windows 8.1″ from Microsoft.”

referred to the Microsoft community.

It is noted that, according to the website “unboxholics”, Microsoft will not provide an “Extended Security Update (ESU)” program for businesses, which means that there will be no option for “paid updates”, for organizations that may be based still in the operating system.

For the record, official support for “Windows 8” has stopped since 2016, after the vast majority had made the transition to “Windows 8.1”. This is a slightly updated version of the operating system, which fixed some of the glaring problems. With “Windows 8”, Microsoft had completely changed “Start” by creating a full-screen menu designed with “touch screens” in mind. Of course, this decision did not have much impact, with “Windows 10” undoing the majority of major changes in 2015.

Now “Windows 10” is probably the only option for owners of computers with “Windows 8.1”, as the official website of Microsoft points out:

“Most “Windows 8.1” or “Windows 8” devices do not meet the requirements for upgrading to “Windows 11”. Alternatively, “Windows 8” and “8.1” compatible PCs can be upgraded to “Windows 10″ by purchasing and installing a full version of the software.”

What is the lifecycle policy for “Windows 8.1”?

“Windows 8.1” reached the end of “Basic Support” on January 9, 2018 and will reach the end of “Extended Support” on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of “Windows 8.1”, customers in “Windows 8” had until January 12, 2016, to go to “Windows 8.1” in order to continue receiving support.

Why are “Windows 8” customers required to switch to “Windows 8.1”, two years after general availability?

Historically, Microsoft has taken a similar support approach to “Service Pack”. When a “Windows Service Pack” is released, Microsoft provides customers with 24 months of support for the previous “Service Pack”, or initial version. Unlike “Service Pack” —which is usually a collection of patches— “Windows 8.1” has new features and enhancements and is designed to enable customers to develop this updated version similar to “Service Pack”. Therefore, we apply the “Service Pack” policy in “Windows 8.1”.

“Windows 8.1” does not change hardware requirements compared to “Windows 8”, and existing “Microsoft Store” applications will run on “Windows 8.1”. Business customers —who were licensed to use the software— received “Windows 8.1” as a free update.

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