Home windows 8.1 finish of life will quickly be upon us, with prolonged help for the working system set to finish in early 2023.
Mainstream help for Home windows 8.1 was ended on January 9, 2021, and subsequent month Microsoft will begin sending reminders to customers that help will finish solely on January 10, 2023.
Solely a tiny minority of Home windows customers are nonetheless utilizing Home windows 8.1, 3.06% in accordance with the most recent statistics, dwarfed by the 71.82% utilizing Windows 10.
What does this imply?
Computer systems operating Home windows 8.1 will nonetheless operate, however Microsoft will not present technical help on any situation, together with safety updates and patches for instruments like office software.
When you might proceed to make use of a PC operating Home windows 8.1, with out continued software program and safety updates, your PC will probably be at better threat from viruses and malware in accordance with Microsoft.
Microsoft additionally says it received’t provide Extended Security Updates for Windows 8.1 (opens in new tab), prefer it did for earlier iterations equivalent to Home windows 7.
What must you do?
Should you nonetheless occur to be utilizing the working system, Microsoft recommends that you simply head to obtain both Home windows 11, or failing that Home windows 10, although it received’t be offering any free improve paths.
Home windows 10 nonetheless has loads of life left in it and the software program big isn’t set to retire the working system till Oct 14, 2025.
Developed below the codename “Blue”, Home windows 8.1 obtained higher opinions than its predecessor Home windows 8 when it launched in August 2013, which launched a number of massive adjustments directly.
Sadly for a lot of of these impacted by the tip of life, many Home windows 8.1 machines received’t be as much as snuff in terms of operating Home windows 11.
Research from IT asset management firm Lansweeper found that 55% of devices are not compatible with Windows 11, and a serious sticking level is TPM, with virtually half of workstation TPMs (47%) failing to fulfill necessities.