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Should I upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10/11 or just buy a new laptop?

  • 01-01-2023 8:01pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2 janeyc.ie23

    Help! My laptop is working absolutely fine on Windows 8.1 however support ends next week. I see that Windows 10 support ends in 2025. Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 8.1 on my laptop? My laptop is for light use only and I am not skilled to do an upgrade myself so trying to get an idea of cost efficiency and pc health of upgrading my own laptop v getting a new one ( which I had no intention of doing until I realised MS support for Windows 8.1 was ending).

    My PC spec attached. I got it in 2014. light use only and it is working perfectly.

    All advise very welcome!


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,129 ✭✭✭ DopeTech

    Should be possible to update to 10 and then 11 for free. Might need a clean windows install though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,129 ✭✭✭ DopeTech

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 janeyc.ie23

    Thank you DopeTech, not sure I have to where with all to do this myself ... I am not a tech head at all.

    Nervous of loosing data and just getting lost in the process of it...

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,129 ✭✭✭ DopeTech

    Fairly straightforward, pm me and I can help you out tomorrow.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 4,836 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Nowso

    if you can do it yourself id upgrade a to somethong windows 11 compatable - intel 9th gen on would be the oldest you can do that

    maybe even a second hand one up and running from or facebook would suit people not wanting to do set ups . ive set up a few laptops for people who wouldnt know how before

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,981 ✭✭✭ Cerco

    Upgrade to Windows 10 anyway. Windows 10 will be a step change from 8.1

    Download the free Microsoft Health tool to check if your laptop is compatible with Window 11.

    Available on Microsoft Windows website.