Home windows 8.1 shows full-screen warning because it nears its final day of assist • Graham Cluley

Don’t say they didn’t warn you.

Activate a PC working Microsoft Home windows 8.1 and also you’re prone to be greeted with a full-screen message warning that the working system will not be supported after 10 January 2023, and – critically – will not be receiving any safety updates.

Microsoft sneaked into the most recent replace rolled out to Home windows 8.1 customers this week a program (EOSnotify.exe) that displayed the end-of-support notification.

This model of Home windows is nearing the top of assist.

January 10, 2023 is the final day Microsoft will provide safety updates and technical assist for PCs that run Home windows 8.1. We’re reaching out now to thanks to your loyalty and enable you to put together for what’s subsequent.

In the event you click on on the “Study extra” button you can be taken to an recommendation on Microsoft’s web site that recommends “shifting to a brand new PC that may run Home windows 11.”

Helpfully Microsoft then supplies a wizard that may enable you to select a brand new PC.

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After the arduous promote, nevertheless, comes a very powerful message of all – which is hidden away within the FAQ:

After January 10, 2023, computer systems working Home windows 8.1 will nonetheless perform, however Microsoft will not present the next:

* Technical assist of any challenge
* Software program updates
* Safety updates or fixes

Whilst you might proceed to make use of a PC working Home windows 8.1, with out continued software program and safety updates, your PC can be at better danger for viruses and malware. We suggest upgrading to a model of Home windows that’s nonetheless supported. A brand new gadget that may run Home windows 11 makes for a straightforward transition and an awesome expertise.

It’s your alternative whether or not you wish to improve to a more recent model of Home windows (or certainly purchase a brand new pc in case your current PC may battle to run it), and different non-Microsoft working techniques can be found after all.

However Microsoft is appropriate in saying that you can be placing your self in danger when you proceed to run an working system that’s not receiving software program fixes and safety patches.

And don’t overlook – you’re not simply placing your self in danger. Working an unsecured PC additionally places in danger the info of some other one that communicates with you, or whose data you retailer in your arduous drive, in addition to everybody else linked to the web. A compromised PC can be utilized by cybercriminals to launch assaults on others – even individuals you don’t know. Everybody ought to do their bit to make the web a safer place for all of us.

The clock is clicking. Don’t say they didn’t warn you.

PS. Help for Home windows 10 will finish on 14 October 2025.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus trade having labored for numerous safety corporations because the early Nineties when he wrote the primary ever model of Dr Solomon’s Anti-Virus Toolkit for Home windows. Now an unbiased safety analyst, he often makes media appearances and is an worldwide public speaker on the subject of pc safety, hackers, and on-line privateness.

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