Monday, July 7, 2014

Windows 8.1 Users Have To Update Their OS To Continue Receiving Support

When Microsoft introduced the Windows 8.1 as a free Windows 8 update, many Windows 8 users started downloading Windows 8 OS update and upgraded it to Windows 8.1. But then afterwards, Microsoft issued a statement saying there are security flaws in the new Windows 8.1 OS, which can be fixed by installing the Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Microsoft to end support for the Windows 8.1 OS

Since the Windows 8.1 Update 1 files are too big – about 2 GB for the 64-bit Windows 8.1 OS – many users did not bother with the update. This means that these Windows 8.1 systems are vulnerable to hacking attacks and security problems. Microsoft has not made it clear what exactly these problems are. But, they are very keen on making sure that all the Windows 8.1 users update their OS using the Windows 8.1 Update 1 files.

So, how can you make all those Windows 8.1 OS users comply with this request? Microsoft has decided to end the tech support for Windows 8.1 OS. Tech support will only be available for the Windows 8.1 Update 1 operating systems. Microsoft hopes that this will force the Windows 8.1 users to update their operating systems, fixing all its security problems.

But, to the surprise of the Windows 8.1 OS users, all Windows 8 users are spared from this new end of support deadline from Microsoft. So, by downloading Windows 8 OS update and upgrading their OS to Windows 8.1, what they got was an operating system that has many security flaws, while the old Windows 8 OS has none of these problems.

Microsoft will in the next few months end the support for Windows 8 and ask them to upgrade to Windows 8.1, which is available for free to the Windows 8 users to continue receiving tech support. This is very similar to what Microsoft has done in the past. After a few months of releasing an OS Service Pack update file, Microsoft will stop supporting the old un-updated operating systems, and release updates that can be installed only after the installation of the Service Pack update file in the OS.

But, Microsoft considers Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as different operating systems that share a common Metro UI architecture. So, the Windows 8 users will get more time for considering the upgrade. But, the Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be considered as an essential OS security patch that every Windows 8.1 user must install.

Not many Windows 8.1 users have installed the update, so Microsoft might have to extend the deadline yet again.

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