The life support cycle for Windows 8.1 is about to expire. Microsoft will soon start informing customers who are still using Windows 8.1 that the OS will no longer receive security updates in less than six months.
Microsoft has already stopped supporting a large number of Windows 8.1 apps, including the full Microsoft 365 app suite. The company advises customers to either purchase a new computer with Windows 11 pre-installed or upgrade their current setups to Windows 10. Free upgrades to Windows 10 are still available for Windows 8.1 users.
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PCs running Windows 8.1 won’t just stop functioning whenever support for it expires. Users will still be able to use the OS, but Microsoft won’t provide any more security updates or bug fixes, and they won’t be able to contact the company for technical support should they need it. The sensible choice for Windows 8.1 users now will be to use the free upgrade for Windows 10 which will give them an extension until 2025.
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