Data map (from:Windows8.1download page)
Regrettably,MicrosoftIndicates that there is currently no free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10/11, meaning users need to purchase a license for the new version.
However, it is understandable to do so, after all, many older devices are designed with technology from about 10 years ago, and it is difficult to keep up with the latest hardware requirements of Windows 11.
It is reported that Microsoft released Windows 8.1 on October 17, 2013, and improved many pain points on Windows 8.
For example, it brings back the traditional Start menu, and the option to boot directly to the desktop (instead of a tablet-style Start screen) after booting.
In addition, Windows 8.1 integrates the Internet Explorer 11 browser (rested in peace), improved OneDrive network disk support, and other experience optimizations.
It’s worth mentioning that Windows 8.1 is also the only major Windows update that Microsoft allows users to download through the Microsoft Store — sort of likeappleHow to update macOS.
Screenshot (from: MicrosoftOfficial website)
Finally, as early as January 9, 2018, Microsoft discontinued “mainstream support” for Windows 8.1 and did not provide extended security support.
However, after January 10, 2023, businesses in need can still get additional patch updates by paying Microsoft.