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Windows 8.1 End of Life: January 10, 2023

Windows 8.1 End of Life: January 10, 2023

According to Microsoft, support for Windows 8.1 will end on Tuesday January 10, 2023.

What does that mean?

It means that Microsoft will stop issuing fixes and important security updates for Windows 8.1. And without those timely improvements, the operating system will gradually become more vulnerable to viruses, ransomware and bad actors looking to exploit outdated software.

What should I do if I’m still running Windows 8.1?

You should look to get off 8.1 as soon as possible — especially if you’re operating in a commercial setting. Best to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11. This article discusses ways to upgrade to Windows 10 for free (though no one in our company has tried it).

If upgrading isn’t an option, then you should seriously consider disconnecting your machine from the Internet. Hackers won’t be able to break into your computer if they can’t reach it.

Will your software still support Windows 8.1?

Our development team start phasing out support for Windows 8.1 in February 2023.

The next release of AlwaysUp — due in April 2023 — will eliminate functionality and code specific to Windows 8.1. If you wish to remain on the outdated operating system, then AlwaysUp 14.0 is the last version you can use.

Similarly, the next release of Service Protector will drop support for Windows 8.1. That should be out in Q2 2023.

Our free software will travel the same trajectory, though at a slower, ad-hoc pace. Indeed, those with infrequent releases may remain compatible with 8.1 for months or even years. Please get in touch you need to know about a specific product.

Additional help & resources

Stay safe!

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