Support for Windows 8.1 will soon end, and extended support for operating systems will end in early 2023.
Mainstream support for Windows 8.1 will end on January 9, 2021, and Microsoft will notify users next month that support will end completely on January 10, 2023.
According to the latest statistics, the number of Windows users using Windows 8.1 is very small, 3.06%, which is smaller than 71.82% using Windows 10.
What does this mean?
Computers running Windows 8.1 will continue to work, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for issues such as security updates and patches for tools such as office software.
According to Microsoft, you can continue to use your PC running Windows 8.1 without continuing to update your software and security, but your PC is at increased risk of viruses and malware.
Microsoft also says it doesn’t offer Advanced Security Update for Windows 8.1 (Opens in a new tab)Similar to previous iterations such as Windows 7.
What should you do?
If you’re still using an operating system, you won’t be offered a free upgrade path, but we recommend that you download Windows 11 or fail Windows 10.
Windows 10 still has a lot of life left, and the software giant has no plans to discontinue the operating system until October 14, 2025.
Developed under the codename “Blue”, Windows 8.1 received a better review than the previous Windows 8 released in August 2013, with several major changes at once.
Unfortunately, for many people affected by the end of support, many Windows 8.1 machines don’t work well when it comes to running Windows 11.
According to a survey by IT asset management company Lansweeper, 55% of devices are incompatible with Windows 11, the main issue is TPM, and almost half (47%) of workstation TPMs do not meet the requirements. Hmm.
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