Microsoft once again reminded of the forthcoming end of support for the Windows 8.1 operating system. As of January 10, computers running this operating system will no longer receive updates and users will no longer receive support.
The company said PCs running Windows 8.1 will continue to work, but Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, operating system updates, and security updates.
“If your device doesn’t meet the specifications to run the current edition of Windows, we recommend replacing it with a PC that supports Windows 11.”said microsoft.
According to the company, there is no free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 or Windows 11, especially since only a few PCs with Windows 8.1 officially support version 11. However, there should be no compatibility issues with a paid upgrade to Windows 10.
It’s no surprise that Microsoft keeps reminding users to upgrade to Windows 11. According to Statcounter, as of October 2022, only 15% of Windows-based PC owners are using the latest operating system – slightly more than the long-outdated Windows 7 with its version 9.6 percent, which is mainly due to the strict system requirements of Windows 11, as many users with older computers are still quite satisfied.