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Windows 8.0 goes out of support in 1 month (12 Jan 2016)

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    Windows 8.0 goes out of support in 1 month (12 Jan 2016)


    I thought it might be a helpful time to remind any remaining users of Windows 8 (as opposed to 8.1) that it goes out of support in a month's time, on 12th January 2016.

    From here:
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...-windows81-faq
    With the General Availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 have 2 years, until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 in order to remain supported.
    I know that there were some changes in the hardware requirements between 8 and 8.1 which affected some hardware - I think some of those folks may have to switch to 32-bit to stay supported, although I'm not sure that addresses all the issues.

    But for everyone else on Windows 8, it's time to consider moving to Windows 8.1 (or download the Windows 10 ISO and upgrade straight to that in one go).

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    Your year is off. It stops being sold on Jan. 9, 2018. Security updates until Jan. 10, 2023. Windows lifecycle fact sheet - Windows Help All of this info is in the Tutorials that Brink has on his sites.
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    I think you are talking about something different than DavidY,

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...&wa=wsignin1.0

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    I started a thread on this back in June(6 months ago) so forum members have had enough time: Move from Windows 8 to 8.1 NOW!!!

    The problem for some is, Windows 8.1 and higher is not compatible on some weaker spec. devices.
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    Cliff 8 never played well with Netbooks, etc.. I made the mistake of giving my Netbook to my daughter. Loved it for portability when going somewhere. Also ran Ubuntu really well.
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    derekimo, no I am going by the info that Microsoft has had out there since Feb. 5th. The OP is mixed up on the Service Pack, which is what 8.1 was.

    Windows 8 was stopped being sold on the first date & year. Windows 8.1 will continue to be sold until the date that is listed on the link I posted and the one that you posted. In 2018, no one can sell 8.1 and has to destroy any remaining copies.

    Microsoft is the one that has made this a royal mess, because sales does not see the forest for the trees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    derekimo, no I am going by the info that Microsoft has had out there since Feb. 5th. The OP is mixed up on the Service Pack, which is what 8.1 was.
    I stand by my original post.

    Although I agree the support policy on 8.1 is very similar to Service Packs for Windows 7, the upgrade from 8 to 8.1 was a much bigger upgrade than most recent service packs, and some folks will have put off doing the upgrade. (Also there are problems with changes to hardware requirements between 8 and 8.1.)

    But they may not know that they will stop getting patches and updates after 12th Jan. And of course IE 10 will go out of support (but I seem to remember you can't install IE11, or indeed any other version of IE, in Windows 8).

    With many folks coming up to the holiday season, I think it's an opportunity for users of Windows 8 (as opposed to 8.1) to use any spare time they have to make a backup and do the upgrade. Or upgrade straight to 10 and miss out 8.1 altogether.

    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Microsoft is the one that has made this a royal mess, because sales does not see the forest for the trees.
    Agreed.
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    So just a serious question here:

    If I were to install Windows 8 Classic, install Classic Shell for a Start Menu, conceal all Metro stuff, and run as Administrator (so in other words, I'm only going to use explorer based stuff; no metro apps), would there be anything I'd be missing from Windows 8.1? I know there's only IE 10, but I would be using Pale Moon anyway.

    I only ask because my xw8200 workstation could support the x64 version of Windows 8, but not 8.1
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    Just the ease of having Desktop first vs Metro screen.
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    DavidY it is the wording in how they have made it hard to understand their Verizon math.

    You have one table that states one thing. Then you have the other table calling 8.1 a Service Pack.
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