Microsoft extends Windows 8.1 update requirement by 30 days

Users who haven't installed the first major update to Windows 8.1 now have an additional 30 days to do so, or they will no longer receive updates for the operating system.

When Microsoft released Windows 8.1's first major update, the company said it would be required to continue receiving updates for the operating system, giving users until May 13 to install it. Now consumers have until June 10 to install the update and continue receiving support for Microsoft's flagship OS. A post on the official Windows blog states that the extension was made to give users adequate time to install the update to "ensure their safety." The blog post doesn't note any changes to enterprise requirements for the update, meaning they're still required to install it by Aug. 12.

Users who have automatic updates turned on likely already have the update, and if they don't, the update will install itself via Windows Update. Users who don't have automatic updates turned on can install the new version of Windows 8.1 manually

Those who don't install the update will run the risk of exposing themselves to security issues, as Microsoft will no longer provide updates of any sort, including security improvements, to earlier versions of Windows 8.1 after June 10.

Source: Microsoft

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This is actually microsoft trying very hard to forget about the whole windows 8 fiasco by attempting to force users into their second worst OS failure.

One of my old computers can run 8.0 but not 8.1 - AMD X2-64... I wish i could but the install is blocked for some minor incompatibility. I just run it as a Media PC (all silent components, etc) so it isn't a huge deal but quite annoying to know I can't get it updated fully.

This is actually a big problem; people with CPUs lacking NX, PAE or SSE2 (which are quite a few Intel and AMD CPUs been sold until not very long ago) that trusted Microsoft and upgraded to 8.0, are now facing security issues by not getting updates, and have to either downgrade to 8.1 32-bit or even 7 - both involving reinstallation of the OS.

I don't understand why this is a big deal with the media. As stated before, this update is the baseline for the upcoming ones like service packs were. Also do companies not update in chronological order? Even if it means that update for employees will come two months late, probably so would the updates after the Windows 8.1 Update, therefore in two months you will have 8.1U installed and be eligible for future s updates.

It getting traction because it is a change from the past. Previously the only "baseline" changes would hit via Service Packs. Microsoft isn't calling it a Service Pack even though it is having the same effect as one. The primary driver is not calling it a Service Pack gets them out of contractual obligations that are tied to Service Packs in many of their Enterprise Agreements.

Basically, MS is backdoor pushing their way into a shorter Windows update cycle while culling themselves of heavy maintenance costs. Is this a bad thing? Depends on what kind of user you are and your expectation of MS.

Yep HUGE issue actually.

It is why I am sticking with Windows 7. Not because I don't like change but because 7 is stable and well tested and doesn't get updated often. 8.0 caused issues and 8.1 update 1 has tens of millions who can't update due to corruption and are unfixable! Forums are filled with this and corporations won't touch 8.1 for this reason.

I also use Firefox esr and have blocked IE 11. Chrome I keep updated but things are getting crappy with these constant updates. Joe six pack who can't update to update 1 probably has no clue what it even is.

I like service packs and corporations will wait until they return. Can't have 3,000 desktops fail an update?!!

sinetheo said,
Yep HUGE issue actually.

It is why I am sticking with Windows 7. Not because I don't like change but because 7 is stable and well tested and doesn't get updated often. 8.0 caused issues and 8.1 update 1 has tens of millions who can't update due to corruption and are unfixable! Forums are filled with this and corporations won't touch 8.1 for this reason.

I also use Firefox esr and have blocked IE 11. Chrome I keep updated but things are getting crappy with these constant updates. Joe six pack who can't update to update 1 probably has no clue what it even is.

I like service packs and corporations will wait until they return. Can't have 3,000 desktops fail an update?!!

This is actually your issue, MS will NOT move back to service packs or slow down the cycle, it he cycle is not because of issues, but think of it as adding new features.

ians18 said,

This is actually your issue, MS will NOT move back to service packs or slow down the cycle, it he cycle is not because of issues, but think of it as adding new features.

A faster release cycle isn't something that businesses like. It takes time to train support staff on the new features as well as to test changes and their impact on the business. Microsoft needs to have a business friendly "LTS (Long Term Support)" version with a clearly defined update cycle.

My gut feeling is that MS is hoping that BYOD will become the defacto standard and force the Enterprise to adopt its faster release cycle, but this is a very risky strategy on their part. Especially since this level of disruption gives business the flexibility to start evaluating alternative platforms.

ians18 said,

This is actually your issue, MS will NOT move back to service packs or slow down the cycle, it he cycle is not because of issues, but think of it as adding new features.

Well if I wanted to be hipster with fresh, cool, edgy new features I would be running Ubuntu Linux. Not Windows. Infact I was a typical Linux fanboy that is hated on these forums a decade ago :-)

I switched after my exwife observed I spent all my time reformatting the computer for years on end tinkering than actually making something or doing something useful ... ouch!

So Windows 7 it was on this system.

If MS wont slow down me and corps will stick with 7. I refuse to run things that cause issues and have updates that break. The reason I chose 7 was because my ATI 5750 was not stable with 8 RC1 and the final release didn't fix it either :-(

I have a new card with better support for 8 ATI 7850 but have no reason to change as what I have works fine. It is BS if MS wont stick by their products.

Make update 1, 8.2! Yes it is a pain to have minor versions all over but corporations and people who have work to do need something that wont break during an update and run software that needs to be certified to run on only a single version.

sinetheo said,

Well if I wanted to be hipster with fresh, cool, edgy new features I would be running Ubuntu Linux. Not Windows. Infact I was a typical Linux fanboy that is hated on these forums a decade ago :-)

I switched after my exwife observed I spent all my time reformatting the computer for years on end tinkering than actually making something or doing something useful ... ouch!

So Windows 7 it was on this system.

If MS wont slow down me and corps will stick with 7. I refuse to run things that cause issues and have updates that break. The reason I chose 7 was because my ATI 5750 was not stable with 8 RC1 and the final release didn't fix it either :-(

I have a new card with better support for 8 ATI 7850 but have no reason to change as what I have works fine. It is BS if MS wont stick by their products.

Make update 1, 8.2! Yes it is a pain to have minor versions all over but corporations and people who have work to do need something that wont break during an update and run software that needs to be certified to run on only a single version.

Linux does not have the hipster features you mentioned, cooperations and IT departments must and will eventually change.

ians18 said,

Linux does not have the hipster features you mentioned, cooperations and IT departments must and will eventually change.

Why must corp IT change? The features being added are consumer focused, not Enterprise...

Or do you just mean Enterprise IT should change simply for the sake of changing?

sinetheo said,
Yep HUGE issue actually.

It is why I am sticking with Windows 7. Not because I don't like change but because 7 is stable and well tested and doesn't get updated often. 8.0 caused issues and 8.1 update 1 has tens of millions who can't update due to corruption and are unfixable! Forums are filled with this and corporations won't touch 8.1 for this reason.

I also use Firefox esr and have blocked IE 11. Chrome I keep updated but things are getting crappy with these constant updates. Joe six pack who can't update to update 1 probably has no clue what it even is.

I like service packs and corporations will wait until they return. Can't have 3,000 desktops fail an update?!!

Service Packs are dead, Jim. It's time to move on from the old ways of doing things.

Well I wont upgrade then.

I want something stable. Windows 8.1 update 1 does not work on many millions of machines and I and my users do not want to be in such a predicament. Where is my long term support? I mean even bleeding edge Ubuntu Linux has a stable (ha right)and a more bleeding edge version?

sinetheo said,
Well I wont upgrade then.

I want something stable. Windows 8.1 update 1 does not work on many millions of machines and I and my users do not want to be in such a predicament. Where is my long term support? I mean even bleeding edge Ubuntu Linux has a stable (ha right)and a more bleeding edge version?

Since when does 8.1 update not work on many machines?

sinetheo said,
Well I wont upgrade then.

I want something stable. Windows 8.1 update 1 does not work on many millions of machines and I and my users do not want to be in such a predicament. Where is my long term support? I mean even bleeding edge Ubuntu Linux has a stable (ha right)and a more bleeding edge version?

Windows 8.1 is supported until 2023! How is that not long term support?

If there is still Win8.0 running. Can I Update it directly to 8.1.1 somehow or will it all be provided by windows update? Just remember that Store thing with 8.1 which I don't want to explain to some users

-adrian- said,
If there is still Win8.0 running. Can I Update it directly to 8.1.1 somehow or will it all be provided by windows update? Just remember that Store thing with 8.1 which I don't want to explain to some users

If you are running 8.0 and download 8.1 from the store, it will be 8.1U.

-adrian- said,
If there is still Win8.0 running. Can I Update it directly to 8.1.1 somehow or will it all be provided by windows update? Just remember that Store thing with 8.1 which I don't want to explain to some users

Well when you update from the store now from 8 to 8.1 you'll get the 8.1 update too :)

I actually want to skip the store situation and have 8.1.1 on 8.0 installed without explaining a user that he has to access the windows store

The store is going to be easier I think than windows update. With windows update you will have to install it by the KB number I believe.

By update I could just run windows update and select everything and install it. not sure though if I get up to 8.1.1
else I would need to find a network port for example that allows store. because windows update is already allowed in the network

-adrian- said,
By update I could just run windows update and select everything and install it. not sure though if I get up to 8.1.1
else I would need to find a network port for example that allows store. because windows update is already allowed in the network

If you don't want to sign into the Store then grab a copy of the 8.1U ISO and install using that.

wv@gt said,
The store is going to be easier I think than windows update. With windows update you will have to install it by the KB number I believe.

Tell that to some of the users I support. Oh, I have to get a MicrosoftAccount, wtf is that? I hate MS I don't want to use their store.

What about these folks?