Windows 8.1 Update Requirement Extended

Windows 8.1 Update Requirement Extended

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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.

For everything you need to know about getting the Windows 8.1 Update, click here. If you run into any issues installing the Windows 8.1 Update on your device, I suggest checking out this article or posting about your issue on our Windows community forums where we have support folks who can help you troubleshoot your issues.

If you are an enterprise customer or partner, please see this blog post from the Springboard Series Blog for all the details on deploying the Windows 8.1 Update in your company.

We appreciate the feedback you have given us and continue to actively listen so that we can deliver the best Windows experiences possible.

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  • nh905
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    What is the latest on Windows 8.1 Update 1?  Will there be another extension for those of us who are still unable to install Update 1?  Level 1 has done everything they can, Level 2 advised that I either wait until a fix is available or re-install from scratch, something I am loath to do since the root case of the Update 1 issues are still not clear.  

    Thanks, Norbert

  • Reposting a comment I made on another post as this issue continues to be ignored by MS

    One day I may "upgrade" to 8.1 but given the current clusterf off an upgrade/install process it wont be happening any time soon. The only laptop that I had 8.1 on is now running 7(it was easy with an 7 sp1 iso didn't have to install "7.0" first and then install "7.1") after a HDD crash because I didn't want to waste my time installing 8.0 then waste more time and bandwidth updating it to 8.1. Without the ability to use an .iso to install 8.1 with an 8 key windows 8 remains anti hobbyist. Believe or not MS not having a technet/msdn subscription doesn't make you an idiot. Yes there are all kinds on work arounds on the net to allow 8.1 to be installed cleanly but why should a user have to jump thru hoops just to compensate for Microsofts shortsighted processes and arrogance  Also yes I will continue to complain about this because it frustrates me no end.

  • I've been corrected by a friend and fellow MVP regarding this, updates will still be provided, you'll just need to make sure you've installed Update 1 first (will also continue to be available)

  • Opa114
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    @Brandon LeBlanc: hope you guide my feedback to the right people! :)

  • ciao a tutti.

    anche in italia ci sono molti clienti/amici nei guai per l'impossibilita' di aggiornare (cod.errore cambiano dopo ogni tentativo), ma voglio segnalare che anche dalla schermata START non parte nessuna app, compreso verso desktop.

    aspettando con speranza

    ciao da frank

  • In addition to the question regarding re-installing, or restoring an image (factory or backup), I'm curious about those that aren't actually aware there is an update ........ surely you're not just going to completely cut them off from future updates?

    My younger brother for example is in a different country until August, and whilst I'll be notifying him, he's likely one of thousands if not hundreds of thousands, that don't read the Microsoft blogs, tech news sites, or monitor the RSS feeds etc, nor visit the "App Store" (I confirmed a comment on the article posted to theregister.co.uk regarding this, that Windows Update makes no mention of 8.1 Update 1 being available on either 8.0 or 8.1)

  • monnyja
    0 Posts

    What will happen if you need to reinstall or move windows 8 to another machine in the future.

  • Does this mean an additional month also for WS2012-R2 ?

    "All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed."

    support.microsoft.com/.../2919355

  • - thanks for your feedback!

  • yuhong
    5 Posts

    So why wasn't this deadline set to be the same as the enterprise deadline?

  • Opa114
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    please change the backup system! the actual situation is bad! file history did only save my libraries stuff - thats crap!!! make one backup system which save all important files or better a complete system image but in a look like MacOS TimeMachine, so that we can restore single files if needed (like its actually with file history) and as a second way a complete system restore (maybe at boot or something). these two things should be combined into one thing. and the dialog or window for restoring single files like file history should be done new - the design and usage is not as good as it could be.

    i mean the file history is good and with its features for backup every hour or some other options its very good, nice! yeah but it has to be improved the way i described it above.

    hope you guys did improve it! because backups are very important and thus it should as easy as i could be.

    and please no "old" start menu - it's crap. start menu is the new metro screen! improve the multiwindow function on metro, so that it is easier to arrange 3,4,5,6.. windows and make it possible to pin folders and files on the metro screen btw. right click -> new file..

    and another thing is the inconsistence of settings. the whole stuff from Start->Control Panel has to be moved into the new metro settings in charm bar where are the pc settings. all the settings are on hundred places and these have to moved to one location.

    another good thing would be the native implementation of psd and raw support, so that it is possible to the thumbnails from this files in explorer. therefore a better solution for preview pane would be nice, more a thinglike quick look on MacOS. because if i have installed adobe pdf i can see apreview of my pdf in preview pane, but could not read anything because its so small. here i think should the thing more improved, too.

    another thing is the search engine. the search engine should be better show what is application and what is file or web.

    i don’t know if it possible (licensing stuff and so on) - but a native extraction function for rar, 7zip and other files (the most standard files) would be cool, too. actually it only works with zip files. compress function, too. but this is not a must.

    these are my wanted features. hope some of these could be come in the next (or later) version. but the important of all is the backup like i described above!

    and tabs in explorer like on OSX mavericks would nice, too :)

    and if it's possible a native support for reading and writing files on other file systems(ext3/4/hfs+/etc.) would be great and usefull, too.

    i know, this are many things but i hope i see something from this in a future version and it would be nice to hear a statement or answer from you to these points:)