My wife gave me her 2014 Dell Studio ''laptop" a few years ago. It’s running Windows 8.1Pro on an Intel i5 processor.
Dell has been messaging repeatedly that support for this Dell Studio ends on January 10, 2023. I called Dell and they want me to buy a new desktop.
A few years ago I replaced the battery. It weighs a ton but has great sound, works perfectly. It absolutely meets my needs; sits on my home desk where I use it to pay bills, print the occasional document, and make the occasional trade. I don’t play computer games or need any more processing power. It meets my needs nicely.
I’d like to keep using it until it dies.
If I keep my Norton subscription up to date, am I facing any risks?
Will it become unnecessarily vulnerable or what?
I ran a desktop with Win 8.1 Pro on an i7 starting in early 2013 (new from Dell). I used it daily, many hours, so I replaced it in late 2020. I looked at more than just the basics–and I needed to upgrade. If what you do does not need more, then stay with it. Set aside some cash so you can readily replace it if it dies or needs major repairs or you find it needs to be replaced because it can no longer do what you need.
You should verify the machine can run Windows 11 Pro, so you can upgrade should you need/choose to do so. If it can not, that is something else to consider if some software you want to use in the future does require a higher level of security than offered in the hardware AND software of the old laptop.
If you keep your AV up to date, then I’m not sure why you need a new computer or even need to update to Windows 10 or 11. I would say that if you do update the OS, it will be such a drag on that hardware that you’ll get frustrated with the decrease in speed and want a new PC.
If you are diligent in not opening spam emails, and are diligent in not clicking on click bait which may load a virus on your machine, then I would just stick with the NAV subscription and be done with it.
I’d also recommend that you back up your documents / files to an external hard drive (or cloud service if you choose) in the event that the PC hard drive kicks the bucket. I also agree to have some cash set aside in the event that this PC dies and you need to purchase a new one.
I don’t think I would run an OS that is no longer getting updates and fixes from Windows unless you are ok with running the risk of having your data, usernames and passwords becoming availabe on the dark net. I don’t know what you use your computer for on the internet but I would not risk financial accounts that I access from my computer to be at risk. An up to date AV is dependent on the OS to be in optimum shape for protection and Norton will stop protecting windows 8 platforms when it reaches end of life. Also, you know that no antivirus protects against all froms of malware ransomware etc. Good to see you posting and HTH…doc
Ouch. Then it is a specific (hardware/software) problem that can not be fixed unless you get a more current system. From memory, I think it is a “trust” issue that was implemented in Win 10 that is on the chipset AND on the CPU. Found it at the link below:
Except, perhaps, if the network support on the computer is slower than what your ISP is delivering. I pay for 500 Mbps, and get around 600. It wasn’t all that long ago my network equipment, including the computer’s Ethernet port, was limited to 100 Mbps.