New guy, old Windows 8.1 desktop

Pseudonymbrio

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I'm not any type of expert, wizard, or guru. I started with Windows 95 and finished with Windows 8.1 before age and finances basically limited my ability to upgrade any further. That's when necessity sort of became the mother of a Windows 8.1 hobbyist, and over the years it has become kind of like maintaining a classic car, renewing my interest in getting in there to keep her clean and purring under the hood. These days, as life's proverbial sun sets, I wouldn't have it any other way. It gives me something to do. I'm not stuck in the political discussion forums all day long, and games or YouTube were never really my scene. I enjoy tinkering with the old desktop PC as much as anything. All of which brings me to the point. I have wondered if there are any other aging Windows 8.1 enthusiasts out there who might enjoy the drinking of a virtual beer while sharing old Windows 8.1 stories and trading general and technically unspecific notes about the wonders of the last OS they ever really needed to make. (Windows 10, maybe, but Windows 11? SMH. One of my biased observations is that 95% of Windows is stuff that 98% of users will never need.) Anyway, I like the Disqus platform, if there is one of those for Windows 8.1, (mostly because I'm familiar with using it), or I can adapt to these types of forums. I hope to get a reply because a little socialization is always a good thing, and it might as well be built around the Windows 8.1 topic. Prolly better than politics, for sure. Of course, not being a guru or wizard, keeping her humming presents endless challenges and opportunities to seek out more experienced mechanics, and maybe even offer an experience-based solution of my own somewhere down the line, limited though they may be.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
Hi there!
I'm surprised that no one has responded to your post. Because there are still quite a bunch of us Windows 8.1 fans out here.

Even though I still have Win-8.1 on about 7 PC's and a Netbook, the one I'm typing on now is one that I had to totally refurbish earlier this year, and it's happily running Windows 11/Pro/64.

I did not get the ISO from Microsoft, and I burned it to a Flash Drive with the latest ver. of 'Rufus'. Which by the way, gave me the option to have it remove all the compatibility crap that MS puts in their ISO's.
I installed the new Classic Shell, to give Win-11 a little bit of the Win-7 look, which I like. I run that on 8.1 too!

So for the sake of having something to do, give Windows 11 a try, if you have a spare HD you can install it on.
I'm 80 now, and a retired Computer tech. So far I've installed Win-11 over 20 times. It's a great OS to play with. It's just SO tweakable and malleable. Reminds me of modeling clay, that I played with as a kid.

Drop me a PM if you want any of the details...like where to get a Win-11 ISO, etc.

Cheers Mate!
TechnoMage :cool:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win-8.1/Pro/64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Acer X-1200
    CPU
    AMD 2 Core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    Crucial, 4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDEA GeForce 9200
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    24" Acer
    Hard Drives
    Sandisk, SSD 500GB
    PSU
    Acer
    Case
    SFF Slimline
    Keyboard
    emachines 101 key
    Mouse
    Logitech Wireless
    Internet Speed
    5 Meg
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Using Classic Shell on Win-8.1 /pro/64
I know exactly what you mean_
I own desktops running Win X P, Vista, 7 and 8.1. (tried '10', did not like it, did not know that you had only 10 days to revert - cost me over £100.00 to have 8.1 reinstalled) all run perfectly except 8.1 It seem so me that Microsoft is doing all it can to make it increasingly difficult to use and maintain in it's effort to try to sell Windows 11 - I note that win 10 itself now has a 'sell by' date.
sorry about the gripe, but all the other computers run perfectly, no trouble at all!
a good few of my older games won't run on 'modern' computers.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8.1 (64bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    dell
    Memory
    8 GB
You can still use Windows 7 or 8 or 8.1 Just install all the available updates and a good third-party Antivirus to keep it safe. I have at work a computer running Windows 7 32-bit and I have the latest version of all the browsers for Windows 7 (newer versions are not supported). Thankfully I can go to almost any site I want with some exceptions that demand a newer browser. Also I can still use the latest VLC to play videos etc. Office has stopped to 2016. Office 2019 or newer demand at least Windows 10. Hopefully since Windows 8.1 is newer it will have fewer software compatibilities, but I don't have any computer running Windows 8.1 to confirm it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10/11 Pro 64-bit (was Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3770 3.40GHz s1155
    Motherboard
    Asus P8H61 full ATX s1155
    Memory
    2x Kingston 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Hyper X Blu
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus GT 620 1GB DDR3 PCI-E
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony 19" TV (VGA connection)
    Screen Resolution
    1440X900 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    480GB SSD (one for 10 one for 11), 4GB HDD for data
    PSU
    600W
    Case
    Old white case (to hide I actually have a modern PC)
    Cooling
    Intel CPU fan
    Keyboard
    OEM PS/2 keyboard (to save USB ports)
    Mouse
    OEM PS/2 mouse (to save USB ports)
    Internet Speed
    VDSL 50MBps
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Dual boot Windows 10 and 11 (change boot priority). Windows 11 installed with compatibility check bypass hack in Legacy BIOS mode, no TPM, no Secure Boot. For details visit Elevenforum
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    TOSHIBA Satellite C660 28-V
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core i3 CPU M370 2x240GHz SSE4.2
    Motherboard
    TOSHIBA PWWAA
    Memory
    DDR3 8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5470
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Microsoft pnp09ff
    Screen Resolution
    1360x768
    Hard Drives
    HS-SSD-C100 120G SCSI 120GB
    Case
    laptop
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse
    YENKEE YMS 0028BK Wireless Mouse
    Internet Speed
    475Mbˇ/47Mb^/sec
    Browser
    Firefox 116 x64
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender Antivirus
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