Microsoft Is Killing Windows 8 Support On January 12 – Here’s What To Do Now

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Short Bytes: Microsoft is ending Windows 8 support on January 12th. These odd state of affairs are a result of Microsoft’s treatment of Windows 8.1 as a service pack to Windows 8. Well, if you are running Windows 8 on your PC, there are 3 options for you — upgrade to Windows 8.1, upgrade to Windows 10, or downgrade to Windows 7.

Windows 8 was released just three years ago. One might easily assume that their not-so-great OS came with Microsoft’s regular 10-year support policy. However, there’s a twist in Windows 8 support cycle — as a result, it runs out on January 12th. So, if you are running Windows 8, it’s time to upgrade.

But, how did this happen? Over the past years, we have learned that Windows Vista will continue getting security updates until April 11, 2017, and Windows 7 users will get the same until January 14, 2020. So, how is Microsoft treating Windows 8 differently?

Why Is Microsoft Ending Windows 8 Support?

On January 12, Microsoft will be rolling out its first Patch Tuesday of 2016 that will be the last batch of Windows 8 updates.

The reason? Well, Microsoft is treating Windows 8.1 just as a service pack for Windows 8 users. According to the rules, you can hold off installing a service pack just for two years. If you want to read the exact words said by Redmond, here they are:

Windows 8, support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. If you are using software without the latest service pack you won’t be offered any new security or non-security updates, although preexisting updates will continue to be offered.

With Windows 8.1, Microsoft promised tons of bug fixes, new features, and enhancements. While Windows 8.1 reaches its end of support on January 10, 2023, the end of Windows 8 has finally arrived.

The Big Question – What Should I Do Now?

If you choose to ignore this news, your Windows 8 PC will be exposed to unpatched security risks. So, to avoid those, fossBytes advises you to consider these options:

Upgrade to Windows 8.1:

If you love Windows 8 and want something familiar, go for it as Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade for Windows 8 users. Windows 8.1 comes with support until January 10, 2023.

Upgrade to Windows 10:

There’s also an option to upgrade your PC to the latest Windows iteration i.e. Windows 10. Again, it’s free of charge and a few clicks away. Windows 10 comes with support until October 14, 2025.

Downgrade to Windows 7:

The support for Windows 7 lasts until January 14, 2020. If you are in love with the world’s most popular OS, go for it.

While Microsoft could justify this step by calling it straight from the rulebook, it could also be seen as a strategy to lure users into upgrading to Windows 10.

So, which path are you going to follow? Let us know in the comments below.

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]

41 thoughts on “Microsoft Is Killing Windows 8 Support On January 12 – Here’s What To Do Now”

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    Why Is Microsoft Ending Windows 8 Support Next Week?

    On January 12, Microsoft will be rolling out its first Patch Tuesday of 2016 that will be the last batch of Windows 8 updates.

    The reason? Well, Microsoft is treating Windows 8.1 just as a service pack for Windows 8 users. According to the rules, you can hold off installing a service pack just for two years. If you want to read the exact words said by Redmond, here they are:

    "Windows 8, support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product’s support lifecycle, whichever comes first. If you are using software without the latest service pack you won’t be offered any new security or non-security updates, although preexisting updates will continue to be offered."

    — copied from the above article itself.

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    Adarsh Verma I read that 1 earlier, 🙂
    You described us about the 2yrs. Policy by headquarters.
    And that’s what they have said…!!!
    And I mean to say that can you please tell us the reason! 😀
    Thanks for the response…!!!

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    Also I am sorry to shoot you Linux fanboys down, but this is not an option for most serious users, there are loads of hardware that doesnt work in Linux or only works partly.

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    Tom Barders Brothers Wifi printers wont work, tried everything been on the phone with Brother for hours, My Tape to MP3 device wont work, my External 3TB harddrive wont reat in Linux, perhaps there are work arounds but that is not the point, the point is you plug it in and it should just work.

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    Jay Gutknecht It was actually pretty cool — when I first moved over to Linux, I had only it for a short while, maybe a few months, when I got back to windows it felt so foreign and wrong haha!

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    Anthoney Travers ever hear of wine? There are other software that makes games play on linux. I used to play guild wars and guild wars 2 on linux. Others play WOW.

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    Brian Dane https://support.brother.com/g/s/id/linux/en/index.html?c=us_ot&lang=en&comple=on&redirect=on tried the drivers? Seems to me if the drivers from the manufacturer aren't working, the problem could be the manufacturers drivers.
    I currently have an internal 3TB hard drive fully usable in Linux. We know it's not the size of the drive. What about the file system? What type of port are you using and which distribution of Linux?

    In my own case, I've had the opposite to be true. Windows 10 had more trouble with my USB headset than any Linux distribution has. Ubuntu found my printer without installing drivers where Windows would not and I've had faster, more reliable speeds w with networking in Linux than I ever had in Windows on the same hardware.

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    After the Win10 service pack killed my desktop machine I actually made a HUGE move and bought a Macbook Pro. Can't say I'm disappointed. I use Photoshop on Adobe Creative Cloud so I was able to get back to work immediately. After being a PC user since the early '90s this really was a big move for me and I am happy I made the switch. OSX is stable, and not prone to the nearly daily downloads for new updates that WIndows 10 is known for. Sure I had heard that Windows could be run on a Mac, but I never experienced it myself. After installing the Parallels program I now have Windows 10 running as good alongside OSX as it runs by itself on a PC. It's nice having both options available. Windows runs seamlessly on the Macbook Pro. — MS pissed me off when I was in the middle of a project and couldn't get my work done because the OS got in the way. IMO they really messed up with WIn10. Not so much the program itself, but all of it's "phone home" features which makes a PC a much less privately controlled tool.

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    I upgraded to 10 from 7 on one system and 8.1 on the other. Both systems were never the same after that. After two weeks I rolled back both machines but continued to have issues with them both. I've now dumped windows completely and loaded both systems with Linux Mint. Best move I could have ever made!

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    You got pissed off that your computer needed to update? Man, I'm HAPPY when my shit needs to update, it means I don't need to be a slave to my work, and it gives me five or ten minutes to be on a break or spend time with my kids. You should read them aple terms and cons though, ALL of your Data is now Public. Congradulations.

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