Microsoft recommends you to get a new Windows 11 PC instead of Windows 8.1

As you may already know, Microsoft ends extended support for Windows 8.1 in January 2023. The company recommends its users to upgrade to newer versions of the Windows family of operating systems now. In their opinion, a Windows 11 PC is the best thing you can get.

A new support document contains company's recommendations, and explains what will happen to Windows 8.1 in a couple of months.

Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023 may increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or impact its ability to meet compliance obligations.

On the software side, Microsoft's own products including Office 365 and the Store app will stop working.

The Redmond software giant claims that Windows 11 is better than Windows 8.1 in many areas. It is designed with security on the first place, and offers end-to-end protection that covers antivirus, firewall, internet safety and so on.

The document also includes a recommendation to buy a new PC. Microsoft points that Windows 8.1 devices are now roughly 10 years old. When you move to a new PC, many aspects of Windows will feel familiar, but at the same time there will be important software and hardware innovations and features that weren't available ten years ago. Also, don't forget about TPM 2.0 and Secure Boot/UEFI requirements which are mandatory for Windows 11.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Microsoft recommends you to get a new Windows 11 PC instead of Windows 8.1”

  1. Upgrade to Windows 10 for free, and you do not need to buy a new PC. The whole world is on to Microsoft. Windows 11 was designed specifically to out date people’s PC’s, and sell more computers. I own a brand new laptop (unused) with an intel i7 processor, and it is not Windows 11 compatible. Enough Said !!!

  2. Everyone keeps talking about TPU, but it’s the CPU requirements that are dumb showstoppers. You can get something like a 6th gen Intel CPU and it’ll still have TPM2.0.

    (Yes I know about the registry that removed requirements, I’m referring to Average Joes)

    1. Hi Sargon – I watched a video on YouTube where a “Tech” cut out a part from the motherboard, and soldered in the new part. Am I going to do that ? – The answer is no. MacBook Pro here we come !!!

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