Microsoft recommends that Windows 8.1 users can upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 first, and then upgrade from the Windows 10 operating system environment to Windows 11, and it is recommended to make file backups during the upgrade process.
Microsoft announced earlier that Windows 8.1, codenamed “Blue” in the past and the first official version of Windows 8.1 on October 17, 2013, will terminate extended technical support services on January 10, 2023, which means that this operating system will be released. officially entered history.
In fact, Microsoft has ended the main technical support service for Windows 8.1 as early as January 9, 2018, and has determined to end all extended technical support on January 10, 2023.
Windows 8.1 is mainly an update for Windows 8. It mainly improves the usage mode that was mainly changed to dynamic bricks at that time, so that users can reuse the traditional “Start” menu, so as to be close to the original Windows operating system logic. Windows 10 basically continued the “Start” menu operation mode, and even later changed the “Start” menu to the “Windows” menu until Windows 11 was adjusted again, but basically the original use logic was still maintained.
At present, the proportion of Windows 8.1 operating system is not high, so the impact after the end of technical support is not large, but Microsoft still recommends that Windows 8.1 users can upgrade to the new version of the operating system. Considering the differences in the file structure of the operating system, Microsoft recommends that Windows 8.1 users can upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 first, and then upgrade from the Windows 10 operating system environment to Windows 11. It is also recommended to make file backups during the upgrade process.
According to the statistics of GlobalStats, a market research organization, the proportion of the global region still using Windows 8.1 operating system until May this year is still 3.23%, while the proportion of maintaining the use of Windows 7 operating system is 13.77%.
As for the actual use ratio of Windows 11 launched last year, it was only 2.67%, and the most people used Windows 10, accounting for 78.48%.