Microsoft Support For Windows 7 and 8 Ends Tomorrow
Support for Windows 8 Extended Security Update (ESU) and Windows 8 and 8.1 will end tomorrow, January 10th. This means users of those operating systems will need to shift to Windows 10 or 11 if they want to get technical assistance and software updates moving forward. This should not come as a surprise to anyone, as Microsoft has been warning users for quite some time.
This end-of-life support includes crucial security updates that were still coming to Windows 7 systems via the ESU program even though most other support for the OS ended in January 2020. There are no plans by Microsoft to extend a similar ESU program for Windows 8 or 8.1.
“If you have devices running Windows 8.1, we recommend upgrading them to a more current, in-service, and supported Windows release,” wrote in a support document about the end of Windows 8.1 support ending. “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.”
If you are still running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you have a major task in front of you to upgrade your system to a newer PC or newer Windows. Microsoft is currently selling Windows 11 as its latest software version.
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