Microsoft Ends Support For Windows 8 What You Need To Know




Today the news is full of warnings about Microsoft ending support for Windows 8 and several versions of Internet Explorer. What does that mean for you? Your Dirt Farmer Team has the answers. Read on and please share.




First of all there are many articles indicating the end of support for Windows 8. Do not panic. It is just the original version of Windows 8 that is now outdated. If you have Windows 8.1 you are fine - it will have extended support until 2023. If you are still on Windows 8, you can upgrade for free, that is all you will need to do.

Read more from Microsoft here

To learn how to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Microsoft click here.


NOTE: Microsoft is only ending support for Windows 8. If you are running Windows Vista it will be supported until 2017 and if you are running Windows 7 it will be supported until 2020 see above linked article.

If you do not know what version of Windows you have it is very easy to find out.

Hold down the key on your keyboard with the picture of the windows symbol and type the letter E that will bring up windows explorer.






Then right click on "This PC" or "My computer" and left click on properties.



The top line of the window that opens will show you your version of Windows. As you can see the computer used in example is running Windows 10.



As far as Internet Explorer, you simply need to be sure you are running the most current version Internet Explorer 11 to be safe. 

To check simply load IE and click the gear.



Then click about Internet Explorer and look at the version. Make sure Install Updates Automatically is checked and Microsoft will do the rest - you won't have to worry again.



Another important thing is to make sure you do not have ANY Timeline Remover, Old Newsfeed Changer or Color Your Profile Extensions. These operate by converting your browser to IE7 which today goes from little to NO security.


That's all for now stay tuned to the Dirt Farmer for all the latest Farmville news and information.








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