Windows 8 users have two years to update to Windows 8.1 before support ends

Microsoft would certainly love for every person who owns a Windows 8 PC to download and install the free Windows 8.1 update when it is officially released next week. It certainly has a number of improvements and new features compared to the version of the OS that launched in 2012. But what if there is a reason for you to keep using Windows 8 and ignore Windows 8.1?

We can't imagine what that reason might be, but just in case you want to keep Windows 8 for a while longer, Microsoft has revealed on their support page that it will have a very quick shelf life. The page states, "Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under the Windows 8 lifecycle." That means Windows 8 support, at least for the version that launched a year ago, will officially end on October 18th, 2015.

If you do decide to upgrade to Windows 8.1, Microsoft will continue to support the OS under its main support lifecycle time period, with mainstream support ending on January 9th, 2018 and extended support continuing until January 10th, 2023. In other words, there's very little to keep anyone with a Windows 8 PC from downloading Windows 8.1.

Source: Microsoft

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acido00 said,
I remember somebody mentioned it will be free, is that right?

what about hacked copied?

Subtlety doesn't appear to be your forte.

remco8264 said,
Windows 8 users can upgrade for free via the Windows Store. People who are using previous Windows versions will have to pay.

Interesting, because I do have a new laptop HP with Windows 8, so that means I can upgrade it without problems. Thanks

I gave up on Windows 8 a while back and swapped back to Windows 7. I might plug back in the drive with Windows 8 temporarily just to experience the upgrade process out of curiosity.

Probably same as 8 to 8.1 preview. I had issues upgrading 7 to 8 without using external media (USB or DVD) basically made me run the upgrade procedure twice, so I hope the official upgrade process is smooth this time around.

My system (i5 based on a Sandy Bridge Gigabyte board) didn't seem to like 8, sluggish desktop from boot and gaming performance actually quite a lot worse but I know that's not a typical experience. Windows 8 seems to run much better on my older core duo laptop. Perhaps I was just unlucky with my combination of hardware.

This is how it's always been (similar to Service Packs).

Though, I do wish they made it shorter... 2 years is fairly long. In today's world, it should be 1 year to encourage people to upgrade to future versions faster.

Amen to that. Most especially, since Windows-8 is such a huge backward step for traditional business uses and hardware. I know it might be considered a vain hope...when is Windows-9 going to come out, fixing the Windows-8 mess?

TsarNikky said,
Amen to that. Most especially, since Windows-8 is such a huge backward step for traditional business uses and hardware. I know it might be considered a vain hope...when is Windows-9 going to come out, fixing the Windows-8 mess?

What Windows 8 mess? The one in your mind?

TsarNikky said,
Amen to that. Most especially, since Windows-8 is such a huge backward step for traditional business uses and hardware. I know it might be considered a vain hope...when is Windows-9 going to come out, fixing the Windows-8 mess?

And what a mess it is, MS has had some big messes in the past but nothing big enough to warrant this huge of a repair. just think of how many people complained to force MS to put out even a half-!@#$% fix. It's about time MS realized just who has the last say. We made them what they are.

jhsparky said,
And what a mess it is, MS has had some big messes in the past but nothing big enough to warrant this huge of a repair. just think of how many people complained to force MS to put out even a half-!@#$% fix. It's about time MS realized just who has the last say. We made them what they are.

Give up the FUD already. The major change with Windows 8 is to the interface, the big changes confined almost entirely to the Start Menu. What goes on under the hood is an improved, more robust, more efficient, faster version of 7.

The mess is in the marketing, the OS is fine.

Windows 7 only had one service pack. So Windows 8.1 is fundamentally Windows 8 with Service Pack 1. Additionally Microsoft serviced Windows 8 with some new features, thus is why 8.1 is really Windows 8 SP1. I hope Windows 9 will go back to Window's roots and be more desktop oriented when it comes out. Windows 8 is great on tablets and touch displays, but not so much on traditional PCs

Edited by Atomic Wanderer Chicken, Oct 12 2013, 8:15pm :

Yea, that's the cliché, but I use it on my dual monitor desktop development box and it works just fine. It's better than 7 because I now get the task bar across all the monitors.

8.1 isn't a service pack at all. No SP has ever added anything close to as many new features, or a new kernel. MS do yearly Windows releases now. There will be no Win 9 for a very long time. The next Windows version will be 8.2, which also WONT be a SP.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
Windows 7 only had one service pack. So Windows 8.1 is fundamentally Windows 8 with Service Pack 1. Additionally Microsoft serviced Windows 8 with some new features, thus is why 8.1 is really Windows 8 SP1. I hope Windows 9 will go back to Window's roots and be more desktop oriented when it comes out. Windows 8 is great on tablets and touch displays, but not so much on traditional PCs

Honestly some see it as a SP and others don't because of how many new things it brings. Still, people need to remember one thing, there's a rumor that later in 2014 around the time Windows Phone 8.1 is released that Windows 8.1 will see it's own GDR update as well. So, if 8.1 is a service pack, what is the rumored GDR update then?

Nothing new, has always been like this: when a new version with the same brand in Windows was released that follows it's precessors release cycle, it's Always 2 years.

Remove support or whatever. I don't like all further tablet infestation on Win 8 and will remain on it for a while.

We can't imagine what that reason might be

Two reasons for me to stay at RT 8.

1. USB wired Ethernet support (unless they've finally fixed that). They broke the one working driver for Windows RT in the 8.1 Preview. Sorry, but due to the VPN fail situation they've created in RT, the main way I have to use my Surface RT at work (accessing shared resources) is wired Ethernet, and it works quite well. I'd like to keep this functionality thank you very much.

2. Third-party desktop apps. Until a new way to "jailbreak" RT 8.1 is found, I'll be sticking with RT 8.0. It is completely brain-dead that I actually have to hack it to run desktop "windows" apps to begin with. I was really hopping Microsoft would provide an official way to change the signing restrictions for those of us that want to use the desktop side of Windows on ARM. Or at least leave it alone. But no... they went out of their way to make sure it wouldn't work in 8.1. I find this extremely aggravating.

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