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Windows 8.1 Update Must Be Installed by May 13

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Last week, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update (1), a mandatory update that makes the Windows 8 experience a bit more tolerable for mouse and keyboard customers. Since then, Microsoft has warned that this update needs to be installed by May 13, the next Patch Tuesday, in order to receive additional security patches from Microsoft.

"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," states a Microsoft engineer.

In other words, starting on patch Tuesday in May 2014 and beyond, Windows 8.1 (and Windows Server 2012) users will require this update to be installed. If the Windows 8.1 Update is not installed, those newer updates will be considered "not applicable."

Note that no other Windows platform has this restriction; users of Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will have no problems downloading and installing security fixes on the Patch Tuesday. This new baseline only applies to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

For keyboard and mouse users, Windows 8.1 Update is a must-have despite Microsoft's own push. Simple things like pinning Start Screen apps to the taskbar, the power button on the Start Screen, and options to close and minimize within Start Screen apps makes the experience a lot easier than before.

To see what's new in Windows 8.1 Update, head here.

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    InvalidError , April 16, 2014 6:01 PM
    Meh, all useless "must-haves" for people who do not use Metro/Modern apps and use Classic Shell Start Menu to ditch the Start Screen.
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    Nada190 , April 16, 2014 6:19 PM
    Meh, all useless "must-haves" for people who do not use Metro/Modern apps and use Classic Shell Start Menu to ditch the Start Screen.

    Yeah, I've been using Pokki, forgot the Start Screen even existed,
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    anoldnewb , April 16, 2014 6:27 PM
    What about situations where applications need to be revalidated with the updates before release to production? Four weeks from announcing that the update is required to "no support" is a pretty short deadline for something you for which you received no prior notification.

    Microsoft is so customer friendly!
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    Optimus_Toaster , April 16, 2014 6:50 PM
    I'll stick with 8.0 for now, 8.1 offered nothing to me but trouble.

    Only time I see the modern ui screen is at startup - and even then it is blank and only show for a few seconds.
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    red77star , April 16, 2014 7:21 PM
    What an arrogant company...

    In translation...our Windows 8 sucks so bad and Windows 8 base is so fragmented between 8.0, 8.1 and 8.1 update 1 that we need to fix a mess asap by saying to people you must this and that.
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    JoBales , April 16, 2014 7:57 PM
    I actually updated my Win 8.1 notebook with this update this morning. All went smoothly. I'd forgotten I'd used the same desktop and Start screen wallpaper. After rebooting I switched over to the Start Screen. With the new icons available to minimize an open window and the search and shutdown buttons on the Start screen, I was switching between the Desktop and Start screens and didn't feel it such a jarring experience now. I'm still personally prefer the desktop for the way I work with open applications and still hope that MS continues to improve the experience for the desktop user but I'm about to the point I'd consider upgrading my desktop to Win 8.1 with update (if it weren't such a bloody hassle to reinstall all the software and data files since I'd do a clean install and not just an upgrade).
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    cklein , April 16, 2014 8:21 PM
    WIn XP support ended after a decade. WIN 8.0 support ends after 2 Years. LOL
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    sykozis , April 16, 2014 8:36 PM
    WIn XP support ended after a decade. WIN 8.0 support ends after 2 Years. LOL

    Win8 is still supported. Win8.1 won't be. Vista, 7 and 8 will continue to be supported. MS is dropping support for Win8.1 only a few months after release. As long as you didn't upgrade to from 8.0 to 8.1, you're not being forced to install "Update 1" to continue support.
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    SuckRaven , April 16, 2014 9:23 PM
    "Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support"

    Since Microsoft wants to ensure that everyone has a good experience, we will take away your security updates unless you do EXACTLY as we say.

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    rokit , April 16, 2014 10:52 PM
    Mikes are the best at screwing their own customers. Seriously after reading system *uck up cases after almost every update that comes after 8.0 i wonder if there is someone who is actually using 8.1 if he had 8.0 previously installed and how many.
    My friend is Win8 user(because it was preinstalled on a laptop) after updates he experianced nothing but troubles and back to 8.0 Many companies have preinstalled way to say "**ck you" to metro crap. Sure it leaves you with ugly flat theme but atleast you ca use it.
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    unimatrixalpha , April 17, 2014 12:06 AM
    Stay far, far away from Windows 8.1. I'm still on Windows 8 and it is a joke of an a OS. Never saw a reason to upgrade to 8.1. After this Microsoft ultimatum to force an upgrade and stating that future support will be stopped for a still new OS, I'll surely not upgrade to 8.1 and this new "update." Nice way to shove it to your customers, Microshaft.
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    bmwman91 , April 17, 2014 12:27 AM
    Not sure what the big deal is for most users (business users that have to validate updates excluded). I installed the update and no longer need to Alt+F4 out of the full-screen Metro applications. It's a much appreciated change. Win8.1 was an improvement on Win8 (it's what MS should have shipped in the first place), and Update 1 is just like a minor service pack that also fixes a few more small things in Win8.1.

    I am not 100% sure, but I think that Update 1 changes some stuff in the built-in security software which is why you have to install it to continue getting security patches.
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    luissantos , April 17, 2014 2:31 AM
    What the hell are you guys on about? Seriously... this "complaining for the sake of complaining" is getting old.

    "I have to install an update so I can install further updates. Screw you, evil MS!!"

    Do you realize how incredibly stupid you sound?

    It has ALWAYS worked like that. Back in the days of good old XP - which was a good OS, but lately has been raised to heights beyond it's merits so people can add strength to their moans about it's support being terminated - you were pretty much required to have SP2 or SP3 to receive further critical updates. Even software compatibility came into play.

    We are talking about a FREE software update distributed through the regular channels (Windows Update), much in the same way that any other patch or update package has been distributed. Why wouldn't you want to install it to begin with?
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    Jordan Nwokolo , April 17, 2014 3:08 AM
    Fake Start Button + No Start Menu + still Dreaming about All in One Bullsh*t = Failed
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    omarz , April 17, 2014 3:16 AM
    And what about those machines where 8.0 run, 8.1 run, but 8.1updated doesn't due to the missing CPU instruction (Core2 Duos, Athlond 64 X2s, Core2 Quads, ...).
    This is quite nonsense.
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    Pherule , April 17, 2014 3:42 AM
    I'm perfectly fine with my unpatched Windows 8.0 and will probably be for a few years still.
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    ohim , April 17, 2014 4:14 AM
    Still silly users giving advices like "don`t use, stay far away etc etc" without giving any real reason why to do that. And still the old guys crying about start menu.

    Been using using 8.1 Update 1 with absolutely no problems at all and happy about it.

    @omarz ... sadly those are old`ish CPUs ... and you want them to run the very latest hardware... if i had an Core 2 duo or Athlon 64 i wouldn`t install Win 8 anyway. Like you wouldn`t install XP on a 486 machine :p 
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    alithegreat , April 17, 2014 4:58 AM
    I think this article is misleading about windows server 2012. I thought it had to be upgraded to R2 to get updates. There is no such information on Microsoft.
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    omarz , April 17, 2014 5:33 AM
    @omarz ... sadly those are old`ish CPUs ... and you want them to run the very latest hardware... if i had an Core 2 duo or Athlon 64 i wouldn`t install Win 8 anyway. Like you wouldn`t install XP on a 486 machine :p 

    Have you tried them or are you like the silly users you mentioned? Win8 runs REALLY fine on those CPUs!
    The only problem is cutting support (security updates too!) during a minor update!
    Leaving behind old CPUs is ok, I agree, but once you allow them, stick to it.
    They should have introduced the requirement if that cpu instruction with 8.1.
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    kawininjazx , April 17, 2014 6:12 AM
    8.1 is a big step in the right direction, but if a simple free program like classic shell can make people happy, why not just give us the start menu? I can give someone who used XP a windows 8 machine with classic shell and they will know how to use it more or less. Also, we need an offline 8.1 installer.
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