Windows 8.1 Users Receive “End of Support” Warnings

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Jul 14, 2022

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The operating system released by Microsoft in 2013 is now on its last legs.

End of Support Coming 2023

Microsoft has pushed a full-screen alert warning to users who are still on the Windows 8.1 operating system. It informs the users that the OS will reach its end of support by January 2023. It will no longer receive any security updates.

“January 10, 2023, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for PCs that run Windows 8.1,” the alert reads. “We are reaching out now to thank you for your loyalty and help you prepare for what’s next.”

The warning is part of the EOSnotify.exe program that comes with the latest Windows 8.1 KB5015874 cumulative update.

Users can click the “Remind Me” option, which will have the alert pop up again in 35 days. Alternatively, they can select the second reminder option to receive the notification only when support ends.

The notification will not display on these devices:

  • Managed Pro and Enterprise
  • Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro
  • Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise 

What Next for Users?

Microsoft released the OS in 2013 primarily due to the poor reception that its predecessor received on its rollout. However, it did not fare much better, and a brand new operating system arrived two years later. Since then, the tech giant has gone on to introduce Windows 11.

Optimally, Windows 8.1 users should look to upgrade to a later version as soon as they can. However, Microsoft admits that many devices running the OS will not meet the hardware requirements for its latest offering. Consequently, it suggests they can upgrade to Windows 10 or buy new machines.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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