Microsoft started full-screen ‘End of Support’ pop-ups on Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 will end its 5-year extended support on January 10, 2023, after which Windows 8.1 will no longer receive updates. Continuing to use an out-of-date version can cause serious security problems for users, as the absence of security updates from Microsoft means that vulnerabilities cannot be fixed. Therefore, before the end of support, Microsoft began to notify users to upgrade as soon as possible. This notification method is the same as before, and a full-screen pop-up window has a high degree of attention. Statistically, Windows 8.1’s market share is not as good as Windows XP’s, so the end of support won’t bother most users.

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

For users, if they are ready to upgrade, the currently recommended version is Windows 10 21H2, or directly select the LTSC series version. Other versions have expired or are about to expire and are not suitable for installation. The LTSC version provides a longer support period and is suitable for enterprises seeking stability. Of course, users can upgrade to the Windows 11 system if they want, but for now, it is recommended that users wait and see subsequent product updates.