The end of Windows 8.1 is near and Microsoft plans to notify customers with warnings
Microsoft plans to display notifications on Windows 8.1 systems to inform customers of the upcoming end of support.
Windows 8.1 was not Microsoft’s most successful desktop operating system, but it is still used by millions of computer users.
When Windows 7 ran out of support more than two years ago, Microsoft showed desktop notifications telling customers that support was coming to an end. With ESU, organizations and businesses could extend support for three years for a price that doubled every year. Smart people have found a way to bypass Windows 7 ESU to install updates released by Microsoft on home devices.
Coincidentally, support for Windows 7 ESU is going to end the same month that support for Windows 8.1 is going to end. Microsoft has already confirmed that it will not launch an ESU program for Windows 8.1 to extend the life of the operating system for organizations and businesses:
Microsoft will not provide an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023 may increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or affect its ability to meet compliance obligations.
Support for Windows 8.1 ends on January 10, 2023. Microsoft will release a final round of security updates for the operating system the day before full support ends. Microsoft will not provide technical support, software updates, or security updates after official support ends.
The operating system was launched in 2013 as the successor to the unpopular Windows 8 operating system. 7 devices to perform the upgrade. Microsoft ended general support for Windows 8.1 in January 2018, five years after its initial release. Five years of Extended Support following Mainstream Support ends in January 2022.
Microsoft has three suggestions for customers running Windows 8.1 devices:
- Buy a new PC with Windows 11 (recommended).
- Install Windows 11 on the current PC (if compatible).
- Install Windows 10 on the current PC.
Customers have several other options, including switching to Linux or continuing to run Windows 8.1. Although not recommended, as the security vulnerabilities will no longer be patched after January 10, 2023, this may be a temporary option for some.
Upgrading to Windows 10 might not be the best solution either, as Microsoft plans to retire the operating system in 2025. Still, if compatible, the device could be upgraded for free. to Windows 11 to continue receiving security updates.
Now you: Are you using Windows 8.1 devices? What do you plan to do when the operating system reaches end of support?