Windows 8 users lose access to Windows Updates after Tuesday. But Windows 8 was released in October 2012 and the support life cycle for a Microsoft Operating System (OS) version is 10 years! The reason: Microsoft considers Windows 8.1 as a service pack to Windows 8 and once 2 years’ installation grace expires, the OS is no longer eligible for updates and security features. The easy fix? Upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
- Read the full article on ZDNet.com to view the formal support policy and more details…
- Windows 8.1 upgrade tutorial at Microsoft.com
- Windows 10 upgrade options and information
- Windows ITPro.com: Why Windows 8’s Lifecycle and Update Support is Confusing
“End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information. For more information go to Microsoft Support Lifecycle.”