Windows 8.1 begins displaying a warning about End of Support

It’s time to upgrade to Windows 10 or Windows 11 if you are still running Windows 8.1. Because Windows 8.1’s end-of-support date is rapidly approaching, users shouldn’t count on receiving security patches after that date.

January 10, 2023, is the last day Microsoft will offer security updates and technical support for PCs that run Windows 8.1. We are reaching out now to thank you for your loyalty and help you prepare for what’s next.

Windows 8.1’s support period is about to expire

Microsoft has chosen to enhance Windows 8.1 so that it displays a message at startup that makes it obvious that the operating system will soon be discontinued in January 2023 in order to emphasize the fact that Windows 8.1 is reaching its end.

The EOSnotify.exe software, which displays a warning each time after a boot, is also included in the Windows 8.1 KB5015874 cumulative update, which also made the notice available.

Users have two options for what to do after seeing the notification. People can choose to be reminded again in 35 days by clicking Remind me Later, or they can choose to be reminded again after the operating system’s support line has ended by clicking Remind me After the End of the Support Date.

You won’t see this notification if you’re using Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Enterprise or Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro with Pro and Enterprise devices.

If you choose, there are options to remove this notification. Then, you may modify the registry value for DiscontinueEOS and set it to 1 to make it inactive. As an alternative, users can upgrade for free to Windows 11 for the newest features and enhanced security or Windows 10 for stability.

Christopher Woodill

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Enterprise technology leader for the past 15+ years…certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt and TOGAF Enterprise Architect. I collaborate with companies to help align their strategic objectives with concrete implementable technology strategies. I am Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Klick Health.

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