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Microsoft Giving You More Time to Update to Windows 8.1

By - Source: Microsoft

You now have until June to install Windows 8.1 Update.

Back in April, Microsoft told Windows 8.1 users to refresh their system with the new Update released earlier that month. Customers were advised to do so before May 13, the next Patch Tuesday, in order to receive additional security patches from Microsoft.

"This update will be considered a new servicing/support baseline," a Microsoft engineer said. "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."

However, on Monday, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc jumped onto the Windows Experience Blog and announced that the Windows 8.1 Update due date has moved back another 30 days so that customers have plenty of time to download and install the mandatory Update.

"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," he writes.

"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," LeBlanc adds.

To update Windows 8.1 manually, follow the steps here. For those who run into problems, LeBlanc suggests heading here or posting the problem in the Windows community forums.

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    dextermat , May 12, 2014 2:15 PM
    **facepalm**
    If you have a windows 8 /8.1 oem, reinstalling windows is hell...
    M$ need to fix this up.
    Updating to 8.1 makes recovery disk and recovery partition unusable.
    Windows 8.1 cannot create a recovery disk only recovery usb drive....

    Fix that up before shoving something down costumer's throat...
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    soldier44 , May 12, 2014 2:41 PM
    Good luck with that Microsoft, keeping 7 until Win 9 comes so I have a while yet.
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    adipose , May 12, 2014 4:21 PM
    Title is wrong. It says you have to update to Windows 8.1. Instead, as the article itself explains, you have to install "Windows 8.1 Update," an update to Windows 8.1. If you don't have Windows 8.1, you don't need the update.
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    memadmax , May 12, 2014 5:08 PM
    Waiting on Win9....

    Win7 is the new XP...
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    pjmelect , May 12, 2014 5:51 PM
    Quote:
    **facepalm**
    If you have a windows 8 /8.1 oem, reinstalling windows is hell...
    M$ need to fix this up.
    Updating to 8.1 makes recovery disk and recovery partition unusable.
    Windows 8.1 cannot create a recovery disk only recovery usb drive....

    Fix that up before shoving something down costumer's throat...


    I agree reinstalling Windows 8 is a pain, even if you create a Windows 8.1 install disk, it will not allow a legal Windows 8 serial number .
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    IamFinn , May 12, 2014 6:15 PM
    What if you bought a laptop running win 8.1 after the deadline, does that mean you cant update it? Please someone clarify this to me.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 12, 2014 6:19 PM
    I have had nothing up ongoing issues with windows 8.1. since updating my laptop freezes a lot. So figuring it maybe something software related I reformatted it, and upgraded straight from windows 8 which my laptop came with to windows 8.1.1 thinking that may solve the issues, but I had the same issue with a fresh install going right from windows 8 to windows 8.1 to windows 8.1.1. even after installing the latest drivers. I got fed up with it and nothing on my laptops vendors website stated there were issues. So I went and grabbed an oem windows 7 home edition cd I had laying around and reformatted my laptop to windows 7 Since then I haven't had a single freeze or issue since. I'm apparently not alone as I did a google search other people have had the same freezing issues with windows 8.1 and windows 8.1.1. Just another issue ontop of the problems windows 8.x continues to have.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 12, 2014 6:20 PM
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    What if you bought a laptop running win 8.1 after the deadline, does that mean you cant update it? Please someone clarify this to me.


    no it just means you can't download any more updates until you download the windows 8.1 update 1 first.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 12, 2014 6:26 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    **facepalm**
    If you have a windows 8 /8.1 oem, reinstalling windows is hell...
    M$ need to fix this up.
    Updating to 8.1 makes recovery disk and recovery partition unusable.
    Windows 8.1 cannot create a recovery disk only recovery usb drive....

    Fix that up before shoving something down costumer's throat...


    I agree reinstalling Windows 8 is a pain, even if you create a Windows 8.1 install disk, it will not allow a legal Windows 8 serial number .



    yeah which is stupid that would be like you installing windows 7 sp1 from a clean installed and not allowing any original windows 7 keys.
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    drwho1 , May 12, 2014 6:28 PM
    Microsoft scary tactics at work.
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    ingtar33 , May 12, 2014 6:49 PM
    this is because according to recent metrics half of windows 8 machines are not running windows 8.1...

    which calls into question wether or not those machines are even running windows 8, and instead have had windows 8 removed or are dual booting another OS. M$ is trying to prove to critics that their windows 8 install and user base is larger then it looks on the outside by forcing "the other half" of windows 8 machines to update, in the hopes it will quiet the critisism that those are dead installs.
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    belardo , May 12, 2014 10:21 PM
    Windows 8
    Windows 8.1
    Windows 8.1 update
    Windows 8.1 second edition update

    Microsoft = Proving incompetence at every level. (Calling it 8.2 would have been logical)

    Microsoft sure makes Updating their crap harder and harder. Seriously folks, Linux is easier and faster than Windows 8.

    Thank GOD I AM doing just fine humming along with Windows 7.

    PS: There is little to no indication that Windows 9 is going to be like Win7.
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    unimatrixalpha , May 12, 2014 10:47 PM
    Windows 8.1 is basically just a service pack to Windows 8.0 in order to fix what was already broken. Why in the world is Microsoft issuing an ultimatum that those that don't update according to their dead line? There should be no deadline at all. When a user decides to update then the security updates should continue.
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    DjEaZy , May 12, 2014 10:57 PM
    Microsoft Giving You More Time to Update to Windows 8.1? How they can give you, that they don't have? TIME?!
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    knowom , May 13, 2014 12:33 AM
    Meanwhile the government still uses XP and so do I, but the XPocalypse it's on it's way eventually if there is enough dedicated hackers that feel like targeting a antiquity OS.
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    red77star , May 13, 2014 5:31 AM
    Windows 8, 8x -> what a flop and Microsoft -> what a joke.
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    red77star , May 13, 2014 5:32 AM
    I believe that half of Windows 8.x users who are running Windows 8.0 and didn't install 8.1 are in fact not running Windows 8 at all.
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    charles_i , May 13, 2014 7:19 AM
    I have an Asus Republic of Games at work and tried to update it when 8.1 was released, however it just crashed my computer. Eventually it reverted to 8 and said it was unable to complete the update. Gotta love Microsoft!
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    MidnightDistort , May 13, 2014 8:20 AM
    This problem aggravated me, never had problems installing Service Packs and ever since MS has changed the update paradigm updating has been a pain. This is pretty much like using the upgrade package. Is this Microsoft's way of telling people that they need to buy new computers? Except that won't work especially if that PC can handle the OS and you still have system resources to do what you need to to. There's just no way i am going to buy an OS just to be unable to use it, this is why i am still on W7 and plan on moving to Linux, besides the crazy UI MS tried selling and didn't work. Now updating Windows is broken, there wasn't anything wrong with Service Packs, they made Windows easy to use but now it's like using a different OS and you might as well move to a different platform because MS is slowly killing Windows, what was good with it is becoming less and less of a usable OS.
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    wiyosaya , May 13, 2014 9:42 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    What if you bought a laptop running win 8.1 after the deadline, does that mean you cant update it? Please someone clarify this to me.


    no it just means you can't download any more updates until you download the windows 8.1 update 1 first.

    Which is where the crappy "journalism" of this article cuts in. This article makes it sound like you will never be able to update the OS if you do not do it now. The simple fact of the matter is that M$ has always maintained updates for OS' that have not been deprecated. In fact, I would not be surprised if someone who had never updated XP could update it to the April 8th 2014 point and get the update to IE, too. Updates beyond that point for XP, being that it is technically end-of-life, are obviously out of the question.
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