• Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023

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    As a reminder, Windows 8.1 will reach end of support on January 10, 2023, at which point technical assistance and software updates will no longer be provided. If you have devices running Windows 8.1, we recommend upgrading them to a more current, in-service, and supported Windows release. If devices do not meet the technical requirements to run a more current release of Windows, we recommend that you replace the device with one that supports Windows 11.

    Microsoft will not be offering 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 impact its ability to meet compliance obligations…

    * There is no free upgrade offer from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10/11.

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    • #2455615

      * There is no free upgrade offer from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10/11.

      really 🙂 unless you have already aquired a W10 digital license by upgrading to W10 from Win7/8.1 previously and reverted back.

      BTW, Win7 ESU is also ending on this date 🙁

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    • #2455682

      I don’t remember where but I’ve seen reports of people being able to upgrade to W10 from 8.1 for free, I think in a manner similar to how it used to be doable from W7. Apparently this upgrade is no longer free?

      Edit to add: This is what I had in mind; scroll down to “Packrat’s Loophole: Try a Windows 7 or 8 key”

    • #2455688

      I’m still using Windows 8.1 Pro on two Dell desktop PC’s along with Classic Shell to make the UI similar to Windows 7. They are rock solid systems and run very well with only reboots once a month to take a system image before installing Microsoft updates.

      Both PC’s came with Windows 10 but after a few months I grew tired of the “OS as a service” where it felt like the system was serving Microsoft’s wishes instead of my own. What really pushed me over the edge was the change to Windows updates where there is no longer a simple method to turn off updating like previous OS versions. I also did not like the implementation of various services (SIH Client, WaasMedic and Update Orchestrator) and scheduled tasks that would periodically run even if you had disabled them. At some point they would automatically re-enable themselves and start running again which only contributed to the feeling the OS is not in my control anymore. Whereas with Windows 8.1 I can simply turn off updates and also perform a check for updates any time I wish without worrying it will trigger the download of something. Instead it just returns a list of updates that I can easily choose what to download and install. I prefer that level of built-in control and no need for some third party tool to do it.

      As to when support ends for Windows 8.1, I plan to continue to use the systems normally for quite a while as OS updates are but one layer of security. I used Windows XP for years after support ended and I never had an issue regarding security of the system. Long term my plan is to move to Linux. Microsoft has lost the plot with their OS

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    • #2456825

      I am still running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on my Windows machines. I may switch one or two of them to Windows 10 1809 LTSC as the main OS (but the older Windows will still be kept) after the end of support of 8.1. Others I will continue to run the older Windows without regard to the so-called “security”.

      While Windows 8.1 will not have an ESU, its server siblings Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will have one :

      Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.

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