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Still running Windows 8? Time to upgrade, or else

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    Still running Windows 8? Time to upgrade, or else


    Windows 8 is only three years old, so with Microsoft's 10-year support policy, one might assume it's eligible for security updates for many years. But thanks to a quirk in that support lifecycle, the clock runs out in a matter of days. If you're still running Windows 8, it's time to upgrade.

    Microsoft's support lifecycle for every Windows version is a generous 10 years from the date it was launched. That means even those still clinging to Windows Vista can count on more than a year of security updates, until April 11, 2017, and anyone running Windows 7 can do so with confidence until January 14, 2020.

    So Windows 8, which was released in October of 2012, should be supported until well into the next decade, right?

    Nope...

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    Note   Note
    If you are not able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from your activated Windows 8 using the Store method above, then you will also be able to:

    Directly upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 using a Windows 10 ISO file or Windows 10 installation USB.

    OR

    Directly clean install Windows 10 on the Windows 8 PC using a GenuineTicket.xml file to activate.

    Last edited by Brink; 13 Jan 2016 at 22:00.

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    w7 pro - ( Server 2012 build 9200 ) - Server 2016 - Mint 18.2


    or else
    ?

    It is interesting how well a computer works when NOT connected to a network.

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    Go ahead and update to 8.1.1 or Windows 11082
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    I just moved over to Windows 8 Pro x64, but I can't use Windows 8.1 because of the processor requirements. For me, x86 isn't an option. So I'm just going to keep Windows Defender updated, and be careful when browsing.

    Keep in mind, I'm at work right now with an XP machine, and in the nearly two years of post-support, there's NEVER been an issue on this machine. I think I'll be OK on Windows 8. It's working absolutely great.
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    Bamberg Germany
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Today- 12-Jan-2015 is the last Patch Tuesday for people who cannot upgrade their Win8 devices to Win8.1 because of hardware compatibility issues.
    I didn't have this problem, but I still think it sucks, for the people, who bought a device thinking it would be supported for 10 years.

    Windows 8 30/10/2012 09/01/2018 10/01/2023 12/01/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Enterprise 30/10/2012 09/01/2018 10/01/2023 12/01/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Enterprise N 30/10/2012 09/01/2018 10/01/2023 12/01/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 N 30/10/2012 09/01/2018 10/01/2023 12/01/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Pro 30/10/2012 09/01/2018 10/01/2023 12/01/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Pro N 30/10/2012 09/01/2018 10/01/2023 12/01/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
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    On the other hand, I won't get telemetry updates or nags to upgrade to Windows 10.
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    I don't get it..... I'm still installing Windows 8.1 on PC's that are more than ten years old. Hardware compatibility doesn't seem to be as much of a problem as has been advertised. Eh?

    For anyone needing to run 'Old' software, the 32 bit version of 8.1 is a real treat.

    Cheers Mates!
    TechnoMage
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    Windows 8.1 Pro/ Windows 8 Enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I don't get it..... I'm still installing Windows 8.1 on PC's that are more than ten years old. Hardware compatibility doesn't seem to be as much of a problem as has been advertised. Eh?

    For anyone needing to run 'Old' software, the 32 bit version of 8.1 is a real treat.

    Cheers Mates!

    TechnoMage
    Hi,

    it is not that simple in some situations - I have a seven year old Asus F5V laptop which for some reason can not be upgraded to windows 8.1. It is most likely BIOS issue but as there is no update since 2008 I can not find a way to upgrade this model. There is also a thread on Microsoft community and people blame the ASUS F5 Series BIOS for not upgrading this models. So no soap for us today.
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    Meaning no disrespect whatsoever.......

    But, I own 20 computers, and not even one is an Asus brand, and I'm glad of that, and I want to keep it that way.

    I'm sorry, that you can't upgrade that little PC to Windows 8.1....it really is a great OS. I have it running on several old PC's here that date back to the latter XP days.
    However on a few really OLD PC's that won't take 8.1, I install Windows 7, Pro/32 and they take it and run just fine. It's not really a far stretch from Windows 7 Pro to Windows 8.1 Pro. They are, after all, kissing cousins.
    All my tweaks and speed secrets that work on 7 also work on 8.1. Under the covers, they are very much alike.

    Good Luck and have a great 2016

    TechnoMage
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    I actually like Windows 8 better than 7 though. And two things:

    (a) I'm typing this from work on a Windows XP computer. After nearly two years of post-EOL, we have no issue with it.
    (b) I've removed IE 10 (using Add/Remove Features and DISM, and I use Pale Moon. It's working great I must say.

    As for the reason the CPU on my box won't run the update to Windows 8.1, here's the findings on MSFN. I'm surprised how many people just don't know about this situation:
    Now That Windows 8 Classic Support Is Ending Soon ... - Page 2 - Windows 8 - MSFN Forum
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    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    I don't get it..... I'm still installing Windows 8.1 on PC's that are more than ten years old. Hardware compatibility doesn't seem to be as much of a problem as has been advertised. Eh?

    For anyone needing to run 'Old' software, the 32 bit version of 8.1 is a real treat.

    Cheers Mates!
    TechnoMage
    . . .That would be a very silly thing to do if you are running a 64 bit system with over 4 gigs of ram, thus to say the least it would not be a real threat. it would be a nightmare. . .
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