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Windows 8.0 support ends today; users instructed to upgrade to stay secure


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Windows 8.0 support ends today; users instructed to upgrade to stay secure
 
Windows 8 users might be in for a small shock to find out that their operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft. Today’s batch of security fixes will be the last one they get if users don’t upgrade to a newer OS.
 
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Most Windows users are probably familiar with the ten year support period that each version of Microsoft’s operating system usually gets. But Windows 8.0 is an exception to that rule, and as such it only got 24 months of support, a period that’s ending as of today, January 12th.
 
The reason for this weird scheduling is the very existence of Windows 8.1, which was a substantial update to 8.0. Windows 8.1 brought many new features, bug fixes and much-needed polish to Microsoft’s experimental operating system, but it’s still considered to be a regular service pack. As such, users need to update to this version to benefit from the full 10-year support cycle.
 
Those still on the RTM version of Windows 8 have a few options open to them: upgrade to Windows 8.1 through a visit to the Windows Store; upgrade for free to Windows 10 as Microsoft keeps pushing everyone to do; or simply do nothing and continue to use the OS in a less secure fashion.
 
According to Net Applications data, only three percent of the market is still using Windows 8.0. That being said, even 3% out of a huge number of users still represents a significant number of Microsoft customers who might be left out in the cold if they don’t upgrade soon.
 
The good news is that taking the update route gets you many extra years of support. If you move to Windows 8.1 your OS will be kept up to date until 2023, while Windows 10 nabs you an extra two years of patches until 2025.
 
 

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The good news is that taking the update route gets you many extra years of support. If you move to Windows 8.1 your OS will be kept up to date until 2023, while Windows 10 nabs you an extra two years of patches until 2025.  

 

Unless MS tricks you by sticking one of thier stupid assed tricks into one 8.1's updates........ I don't trust MS as far as I can throw my car :histerija:


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I moved all my Windows 8 OS's to Enterprise 8.1 and MS will not upgrade to Windows 10 unless you buy.

so that is the best part. even if you do not think you need Enterprise. upgrade to an STOP all the Windows 10 CRAP.


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@expiring mind, roflmao  :histerija:


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@expiring mind, roflmao  :histerija:

 Much better than an expired Mind..... :mrgreen:


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I moved all my Windows 8 OS's to Enterprise 8.1 and MS will not upgrade to Windows 10 unless you buy.
so that is the best part. even if you do not think you need Enterprise. upgrade to an STOP all the Windows 10 CRAP.

I had a support contact with Microsoft professional suport for Windows specialists. I have legitimate 8.0 enterprise installed on one of my machines not even in a volume license necessitated setting. So yes, you wouldn't necessarily need to pay.. but you can't upgrade without a volume licensed key that has a contract of its rights to upgrade or downgrade appropriately. which is usually the case in volume license keys you need to pick what support contract goes along with the purchase. enterprise keys by default are volume license to those unaware
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Yes, I have Windows 8.0 Enterprise MAK on one system and Windows 8.1 Enterprise MAK and Windows 10 Enterprise OEM,

Windows 10 Enterprise MAK

and the constant POPUP to upgrade on the Windows 8.0 and 8.1 is GOD ALMIGHTY ANNOYING.

so I finally BLOCKED that AD.  I still get SUPPORT. and to Downgrade all one needs to do is upgrade to Windows 10 Pro.

what a frigging joke.


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Simple way to say secure Linux lol, really that is our best way. But like a lots of us know even though ppl hate M$ so much, they will stay with windows or go to Mac b4 linux.
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they really are pushing this windows 10 agenda lol ! ill die on win 7 ! or move go to android or linux !


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Simple way to say secure Linux lol, really that is our best way. But like a lots of us know even though ppl hate M$ so much, they will stay with windows or go to Mac b4 linux.

I never could figure out why people hate MS.  Is it because they are successful?  Everyone likes you until you make something of yourself, then you are public enemy number 1.   :banghead: 


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