414 Windows 8.1 is just about done

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If you are still using Windows 8 (or more likely, Windows 8.1) – you need to think about upgrading your computer or replacing it.

Windows 8 is almost expired

 

Not many people are using Windows 8 now.

This is primarily because it was one of the worst versions of Windows to ever come out of Microsoft. It was really awful. The main problem (among many) was that the Start button/Start menu was taken away. And for a lot of users of Windows XP and Windows 7, that Start button was their primary starting point when they wanted to do something on the computer. So when it disappeared with Windows 8, even experienced computer users were perplexed on how to use the computer.

For that reason, a lot of people just skipped Windows 8. They just kept using Windows 7 (which was great) and then went to Windows 10 (which also ended up being fine, despite an obnoxious rollout when it was first introduced).

But there are some users who did get Windows 8, and for one reason or another, just got used to it and have kept using it without upgrading to Windows 10 or Windows 11.

If you are one of those people, you have probably seen something pop up on your computer that says Windows 8 is ending:

Window s 8 end of support

 

If you’ve been seeing that, you have had the option to click “Remind me later” and just go on using the computer. But time is almost up – Windows 8 support ends on January 10, 2023 – around 3 weeks from now.

This does not mean your computer will suddenly stop working. It just means that it will stop working safely. From that date going forward, your computer will no longer get updates that patch up security holes and fix other problems that get discovered. Those security issues, as they are found, are public information – meaning the scammers and hackers know about them, and they know that the problems won’t get fixed. This makes your computer a much easier target.

As a short-term fix, we can upgrade your computer to Windows 10. That buys you another 3 years, since Windows 10 will be supported through October of 2025. Upgrading your current computer to Windows 10 (which costs around $300) is less expensive than buying a new computer.

But if you’ve thought about replacing your Windows 8 computer anyway, that might be the more cost-effective long-term solution. A new computer will cost more than $300, but you will also have a version of Windows (Windows 11) that will last much longer than 3 years into the future.

A third possible alternative would be to get a refurb Windows 10 computer as a temporary solution until you buy a new one 3 years from now. I often have refurb laptops (some with Windows 11 even) and these are usually about half the price of a new one with the same specs.

If you need help with making this decision or upgrading, I can do all of that remotely. Just give me a call at 727-254-9078 and we’ll figure it out.

 

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