Microsoft Posts the Support Lifecycle for Windows 8.1, Windows 8 Users Have Two Years to Upgrade

I came across a page on Microsoft’s website about the Support Lifecycle for Windows 8.1 stating that “the lifecycle of Windows 8.1 will remain under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8 with support ending 1/10/2023″.  This is interesting because it tells us that Microsoft really does consider Windows 8.1 just an update to Windows 8 and not a new version.   They state this later on the page that “Windows 8 customers will have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update to continue to remain supported under the Windows 8 lifecycle”.  So if you want to continue to get updates to Windows 8 you will have to upgrade to Windows 8.1 within two years after Windows 8.1 is released this October.  This is more in like with a service pack which is what Windows 8.1 basically is but it is a new way of doing service packs and really I like it.  You can read the support lifecycle for Windows 8.1 and check it out.

So the thing to remember, Windows 8.1 is not a new version of Windows, just an update to Windows 8, and the Support Lifecycle for Windows 8.1 is the same as Windows 8. I really feel like Microsoft is trying to avoid having another Windows Vista by not calling this update a service pack, which after getting this information Windows 8.1 is basically Windows 8 Service Pack 1, granted there are many user interface changes we usually do not see in service packs.  It will be interesting to see how this play out and if this helps the perception about Windows 8 and Microsoft.

Install Windows 7 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M

You can easily install Windows 7 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M and this article will show you how easy it is and give you insight on how it performs.  Your organization may have a few of these DX2400’s left around and when these machines were deployed most of them were probably downgraded to Windows XP as that was the dominant business operating system at the time.  Now Windows XP has less than a year of security updates left and a lot of businesses are looking at finally moving off of the now ancient Windows XP to something else.  Now I have written about how to install Windows 8 and 8.1 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower but many businesses have been reserved about Windows 8 however I do feel like Windows 8.1 is the best choice for businesses as Microsoft has lessened the learning curve and added many features for businesses to manage the operating system. So what about Windows 7 as that is quickly becoming the replacement to Windows XP in the enterprize.  Well I did a clean install, keeping nothing, of Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit (however you can do an upgrade from Windows Vista keeping all your files, settings, and programs.  If you are coming from Windows XP you need to do a clean install or upgrade to Windows Vista first.

I booted off of the Windows 7 DVD and did a clean install and after the installation was complete I did not have to install any drivers, Windows Setup took care of that for me.  There were some driver updates in Windows Update so I do suggest doing that as soon as you are done installing Windows.  Below is the System Properties and the Device Manager.

HP Compaq DX2400 Windows 7 System Properties and Device Manager

HP Compaq DX2400 Windows 7 System Properties and Device Manager

As far as performance goes the HP Compaq DX2400 holds its own but I will say if you are going to run the 64 bit version of Windows 7 you might want to consider upgrading the ram to 4 GB.  I ram the PassMark Performance Test and the machine got a score of 148.7 and I also ran Futuremark’s PCMark 7 Basic which got a score of 1152.  Below is the Windows Experience Index.

Windows 7 Experience Index on HP Compaq DX2400

Windows 7 Experience Index on HP Compaq DX2400

For those of you that do not want to go the Windows 8.X route and wish to stay with an operating system that more people are familiar with but need to move away from Windows XP I think Windows 7 is your best bet and it works well on this machine.  It is also easy to install Windows 7 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M and I highly suggest the upgrade just consider the ram upgrade if you are going to run 64 bit.

 

Install Windows 8 or 8.1 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M

Windows 8.1 Device Manager On HP Compaq DX2400

Windows 8.1 Device Manager On HP Compaq DX2400

You can install Windows 8 or 8.1 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400m  and it is in fact very easy.  We will look at how easy it is to install Windows 8 or 8.1 on the DX2400 and how it performs on there as well.  For this test I did a clean install of Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit (and also Windows 8 Enterprise 64 bit) but you could do an upgrade install from Windows 8 keeping you files, settings, and programs or an upgrade from Windows 7 keeping you files and settings but not your installed programs.  If you have Windows Vista or Windows XP on this machine you will have to either upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8 or just do a clean install, keeping nothing, like I did. (If you and installing
Windows 8 you can do and upgrade from Windows 7 keeping all your files, settings, and installed programs, from Windows Vista keeping your files and settings but not your installed programs, or from Windows XP keeping your files but not your settings or installed programs.) The Windows 8 install is just like the Windows 8.1 install on this machine. For the install I booted off of the Windows 8.1 Pro DVD and did a clean install.  After the computer restarted it ran well and once I connected it to the internet Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 automatically installed the graphic card and after that I had a clean device manager which is pictured to the right. Below is the PC Info in the new Modern Settings in Windows 8.1.

Windows 8.1 PC Info HP Compaq DX2400

Windows 8.1 PC Info HP Compaq DX2400

One of the things that was cut from Windows 8.1 was the Windows Experience Index so we no longer have that to compare the performance of the computer however I did post the Windows Experience Index from Windows 8 below.  I ran PassMark’s Performance Test which this computer scored a 143.9 in Windows 8.1 and a 153 in Windows 8 and I also ran Futuremark’s PCMark7 Basic which this computer scored a 1193 in Windows 8.1 and a 1216 in Windows 8. I believe these numbers show that Windows 8 is a little faster than Windows 8.1 because Microsoft is still testing the performance of Windows 8,1 and will issue an update or two before Windows 8,1 hits General Availability on October 18.

Windows 8 Experience Index on HP Compaq DX2400

Windows 8 Experience Index on HP Compaq DX2400

Windows 8.1 is not only a great upgrade to Windows 8 for usability but Windows 8.1 runs very well on this HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M and I believe that Windows 8,1 performance will improve before October 18.  If there is anyone out there that is considering this upgrade should go for it.  It is very easy to install Windows 8 or 8.1 on HP Compaq DX2400 Microtower D2400M and it is recommended.