so the verdict is i'd better do the 8.1 ''update'' for Windows '8' before January to keep getting ''supported' ??? is that an 'affirmative' ?
don't look forward to it at all - reading so many problems for users ...
waht is your opinion on this sent to me 19 hrs ago also:
I am still using Windows 8.0 on my Laptop and see no reason to upgrade to 8.1. If anything I would have downgraded to Windows 7 except where Windows 8 no longer used MBR type HD I would be trying to install to GPT for the first time. So too risky.
Windows 8.0 works fine. Unless you are gung ho to update to Windows 10 or have a specific program that needs a feature that is only in Windows 8.1 and later, I think you are right. The risk outweighs the reward.
Are you running a business on it? Have you ever called technical support? Did you ever need a Windows Update to keep it working? Why update something that isn't broken so that you can break it but have support for it now that it no longer works?Miles - appreciate your input but what about fact that mainstream support will end for Win . 8 ? thanks
Seriously though, I don't know your situation like you do. Most of the time I download drivers or search out solutions and keep it tweaked. In fact when I boot Linux I am a bit lost because when I don't have to keep tweaking it to keep it working it is difficult to figure out what I should spend my time on. I guess I'll have to get back into programming on Linux to keep me busy.
Only you can answer what you need. But I am sure there are millions still using XP who aren't working up a sweat that it isn't supported since it isn't broken. Moving to a new machine often forces you to change OS version since the drivers just aren't there. But I don't see why, unless your income depends on it, you would need to update an old working system that still works.
Your decision after all.
BOY! I CAN'T ARGUE WITH YOUR ABOVE LOGIC - no i'm not running a business and negative to your other questions... now that you mention it, my friend still uses Win 7 !! plus she has a computer store for any problems...she's set to auto update (if she's getting any -LOL) but her computer person set the pc up for her and she's 'happy' ...appreciate your input - you sure put a different view on matters ! ... thanks again very very much ...
Note I am not trying to brow beat you into submission or anything. I was hoping you would get a laugh out of it. But I think most middle of the road home PC users don't have to sweat support so much if they are on a PC that is "burned in" with the OS having years of stable dependable operation. Of course the car salesman wants to sell you a new model and none of us want MS to go out of business. But you might wait until you feel the need for a new machine.you sure put a different view on matters ! ... thanks again very very much ...
Thanks for the kind words in your reply. I think I did at least get a smile if not a belly laugh.