In July, Microsoft will start sending notifications to Windows 8.1 users about the end of support on January 10, 2023. They will be reminded to update their devices if they want guaranteed updates (including security) and full software and app compatibility.
"To continue receiving updates for Microsoft 365 products, we recommend updating Windows 8 or 8.1 to a supported operating system," the company said. At the same time, Microsoft clarified that most computers with Windows 8.1 are not compatible with Windows 11.
Users can only upgrade to Windows 10. “But before you invest in upgrading to Windows 10, please note that support for Windows 10 will end on October 14, 2025,” the company recalled. Minimum system requirements for Windows 11: 4GB RAM, 64GB hard drive storage, DirectX 12 compatible graphics card or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
The base version of Windows 8 was already canceled in 2016.
Sources: Python.Engineering, support.microsoft.com