On January 10, 2023, support for Windows 8.1 ended. This means if you are still running Windows 8.1 (or an earlier Windows operating system) you will no longer receive updates to patch security vulnerabilities.
This leaves you vulnerable on the internet, and may allow a cyber criminal to gain access to your data.
For these older machines, the good news is, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free. This can be done using the Media Creation Tool available from Microsoft.
When the tool is run, it will check to see if your device is compatible with Windows 10 and will then install the software. This may take a few hours.
I recommended backing up your data before starting the upgrade.
More advanced users may want to download the Windows 10 ISO file, and install a fresh version of Windows. This can be picked as an option in the upgrade tool. The ISO will need to be written to a bootable USB or CD.
Windows 10 will be supported until October 14, 2025, after which you will be required to upgrade to Windows 11. Due to hardware requirements, machines running Windows 8.1 may not be compatible with Windows 11.
If you require assistance downloading and installing Windows 10 or purchasing a Windows 10 license, feel free to contact us.