Approaching 10 years of existence, Windows 8.1 will no longer be officially supported by Microsoft from January 2023. From this date, no technical support or updates will be available to users. What are the implications and actions to take to protect your computer? We explain to you.
January 2023, already, the deadline is approaching! In just a few weeks, Microsoft will stop offering support and security updates to computers running the Windows 8.1 operating system.
Although the number of users using this version of the operating system is lower compared to Windows 7 or Windows 10, this is news that will necessarily affect the budget of some.
We take stock of what it all means.
What does end of support for Windows 8.1 mean?
When Microsoft announces that it stops supporting a version of its operating system, in this case Windows 8.1, it means, among other things, that we can no longer have updates.
We are talking here about technical support for any problem, software updates, but above all updates and security patches.
Basically, if there are flaws that are identified on the system, Microsoft will no longer push patches to fix them on Windows 8.1.
This means that our machine becomes vulnerable to computer attacks and viruses.
If it is still possible to defend our computer by obtaining a protection suite, it will first be necessary to ensure that it is still compatible with our version of Windows.
Among those who continue to offer it, we find among others McAfee, AVG and Kaspersky.
Windows 10, a very temporary solution
There are a few options for using a supported version of Windows, and those still running Windows 10 might recognize them.
Indeed, history is repeating itself, as Microsoft strongly encourages us to migrate to its latest version of Windows, 11.
In this case, we have two choices:
First, we can install it on our current computer, provided of course that we have the minimum configuration required to make it work.
Unfortunately, let’s say that if Windows 8.1 was included with our PC, let’s say that there is little chance that it will be able to support it.
Despite everything, you never know, so I invite you all the same to consult my column which talks about the configurations required to run Windows 11 on your PC.
The other option offered by Microsoft is to simply buy a new computer designed to run Windows 11.
Obviously, it’s far from being for all budgets, but if you were due to buy a new computer, it’s certain that a machine that comes with Windows 11 would be preferred.
Moreover, I invite you to consult my very complete file on how to choose your computer or laptop PC or Mac where you will find all our tips and advice.
Finally, the last possible solution is to migrate to Windows 10 since the end of its support is in 2025 rather than 2023. I hear you telling me that two years is almost nothing and indeed, this alternative only buys a little time.
In addition, note that if you prefer the latter, you will have to pay to buy a license because Microsoft does not offer free upgrade paths from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.
Windows 7, 10 and now 8.1, we’re starting to know the song: it’s pretty clear that all of this is aimed at encouraging us, not to say pushing us, to migrate to Windows 11.
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