Users still on Windows 8.1 need to be aware of the following. Microsoft won’t be giving an Extended Security Update (ESU) plan for Windows 8.1. Utilizing Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023, may heighten an organization’s susceptibility to security vulnerabilities or constrain its ability to comply with compliance requirements.
Installing Windows 10 on your current PC may be an option. Windows 10 is still available until October 14, 2025. You can check for yourself whether your current PC meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 10.
If so, you can install Windows 10 on your older hardware without investing too much. It keeps your machine and files safe until October 14, 2025.