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Regarding the Need to Install Windows 8.1 Update

by Carol~ Moderator / April 17, 2014 11:47 PM PDT

As posted in the Windows 8 Forum on April 15, 2014:

Information Regarding the Latest Update for Windows 8.1

Steve Thomas @ Microsoft's TechNet Blog:

Microsoft has been listening to customer feedback. Much of this feedback has been received and some of the results are being given back to our users of Windows 8.1 in the form of updates. Recently, a very big update for Windows 8.1 was released. Read all about it here:


Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support and servicing experience and to coordinate and simplify servicing across both Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1, this update will be considered a new servicing/support baseline. What this means is those users who have elected to install updates manually will have 30 days to install Windows 8.1 Update on Windows 8.1 devices; after this 30-day window - and beginning with the May Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1 user's devices without the update installed will no longer receive security updates.

This means that Windows 8.1 users - starting patch Tuesday in May 2014 and beyond - will require this update to be installed. If the Windows 8.1 Update is not installed, those newer updates will be considered "not applicable."

More detailed information can be found in the following links:

Continued : http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/04/12/information-regarding-the-latest-update-for-windows-8-1.aspx

[ Highlights by me ]

Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support
Windows 8.1 without Update will no longer receive security updates
Windows 8.1 Update - Microsoft forces users to update OS if they want future security updates

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Windows 8.1 business users get Update reprieve
by Carol~ Moderator / April 18, 2014 12:11 AM PDT

Microsoft has had a rather lax policy when it comes to providing Windows updates, allowing users to receive patches, for a long period of time, even without having the latest service pack applied. That changes with Windows 8.1, as the software giant has revealed installing Update becomes mandatory to apply future updates that will be rolled out starting this May's Patch Tuesday.

This move gives Microsoft more leverage than ever before, as the software giant now has a real chance of convincing Windows 8.1 users to more quickly apply Update. But, businesses, which have had trouble getting Update through WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), are getting a reprieve.

Consumers may have until next month's Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft just announced that it is giving Windows 8.1 business users 90 extra days (120 days in total) to have Update running on their devices. After this deadline, future patches will not be offered.

"As we've been monitoring the release, we've been actively discussing this new approach to servicing with enterprise customers and listening to their feedback regarding managing the deployment timeline", says Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc. "As a result, we've decided to extend the timeframe for enterprise customers to deploy these new product updates from 30 to 120 days".

"In order to receive future updates, all customers managing updates using WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration Manager have until August 12th to apply the new updates. For those that decide to defer installation, separate security updates will be published during the 120-day window", adds LeBlanc.

Continued : http://betanews.com/2014/04/17/windows-8-1-business-users-get-update-reprieve/

Related : Microsoft Delays Enterprise Windows 8.1 Support Doomsday

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Not only do you NEED this...
by Flatworm / April 26, 2014 12:25 AM PDT

... But you WANT this.

Get the update. Apply it. There are many valid reasons to, and no valid reasons not to.

If you run into complications, call Microsoft Support. It's a free call.

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Windows 8.1 Update Requirement Extended
by Carol~ Moderator / May 15, 2014 10:48 AM PDT

May 12, 2014

As per Brandon LeBlanc @ the Windows Experience Blog:

Wow! I can't believe it's been almost a month since we released the Windows 8.1 Update. Over the last few weeks, people with Automatic Update turned on in Windows Update have been receiving the Windows 8.1 update on their devices. It's been great seeing and hearing from people enjoying all the new improvements.

While we believe the majority of people have received the update, we recognize that not all have. Having our customers running their devices with the latest updates is super important to us. And we're committed to helping ensure their safety. As a result, we've decided to extend the requirement for our consumer customers to update their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update in order to receive security updates another 30 days to June 10th. As noted previously, consumer customers who do not update their Windows 8.1 devices to the Windows 8.1 Update by this new deadline will no longer receive updates. We're confident that within the next month, the majority of the remaining customers who haven't updated their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update will be able to do so.


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Black Tuesday toll: Microsoft drops Windows 8.1 support
by Carol~ Moderator / June 10, 2014 10:16 AM PDT

"A month on, Microsoft stops offering Windows 8.1 Black Tuesday patches to those who haven't installed Update 1"

The June 2014 Black Tuesday patches are out, and the Windows Update gods have spoken. If you're running Windows 8.1 and you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update, you won't see any of today's patches until you install KB 2919355/Windows 8.1 Update 1. On a non-Update 1 copy of Windows 8.1, that means you'll have to download and successfully install about 1GB of patches before you can see this month's Black Tuesday patches.

Last month, you may recall, Microsoft waited until one day before Black Tuesday before announcing, ha ha, it would extend the Windows 8.1 Update 1 requirement by another month. That month has now come and gone, and Windows 8.1 is no longer supported with security patches. Corporate users on Windows Server Update Services get them until August. But if you get your updates through Windows Update or Microsoft Update, time's ran out.

If you've been trying to install Windows 8.1 Update 1 and can't get it to work -- yes, even if Microsoft's techs have reached into your machine, failed to install Update 1, and given up -- you're SOL. Your only option is to reinstall Windows 8 from scratch and pray (if you can).

Continued : http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/black-tuesday-toll-microsoft-drops-windows-81-support-xp-hack-still-works-244088

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