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Should I upgrade to Windows 8.1?

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Quadrillion View Post
    For me the real question is: If you've got your computer set up like you want it, and everything is working perfectly, is there any reason to upgrade? Could you find yourself two-years down the road with a new problem (probably due to a microsoft update) only to find that upgrading to 8.1 presents a bigger problem?
    Stay where you are now and miss out of the performance enhancements, boot to desktop, smart search etc. etc., the list goes on and on. One of the most important considerations here is that probably by mid June you will no longer receive security updates that are important to the security and well being of your system.

    If you are happy to stay in the past then it is up to you.
    Where did you get that "by mid June you will no longer receive security updates" from? Windows 8.0 will receive updates for a while yet. At least two years after the release of 8.1 was what I've read. Those running 8.1 though, won't receive any further updates unless they apply update 1. Might that be what your thinking of?
    Last edited by alphanumeric; 08 Jun 2014 at 07:45.

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  2. #12


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    @alphanumeric
    Exactly the point I was trying to get across unfortunately missed a keystroke. Sorry
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    @alphanumeric
    Exactly the point I was trying to get across unfortunately missed a keystroke. Sorry
    I still don't follow? You'll still be able to get security updates etc if you stay on Windows 8.0. Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported.
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  4. #14


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    To be clear, Windows 8 will no longer receive basic updates after a certain date. The date changed from May 13 to June 13, so consumers only have a short time. Business licenses have until August 12.

    But it appears that the latest patches and the Windows 8.1 update are having some problems. I upgraded all my systems about 2 months ago and didn't have any problems.

    If I were you, I would wait until about 1-2 weeks from the required date and then run your upgrade. Either everything will be solved by then or they will extend the date again.
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  5. #15


    8.1 together with it's updates is not just an glue-on to Win 8, it's a series of fixes MS made to address some stuff they missed first time. Why wait a year or two and than to have to do it. If at all possible, nobody should wait and than to have to do much more than to do it gradually. Think of all the changes that will happen ti your system and all that may diminish chances of update success later on.
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  6. #16


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuyGeek View Post
    To be clear, Windows 8 will no longer receive basic updates after a certain date. The date changed from May 13 to June 13, so consumers only have a short time. Business licenses have until August 12.

    But it appears that the latest patches and the Windows 8.1 update are having some problems. I upgraded all my systems about 2 months ago and didn't have any problems.

    If I were you, I would wait until about 1-2 weeks from the required date and then run your upgrade. Either everything will be solved by then or they will extend the date again.
    Do you have a link to that info about June 13 cutoff date? Again I do believe that is the cutoff date if you are running Windows 8.1 and don't apply update 1, its not the cutoff date for Windows 8.0. That's the whole point I'm trying to make. Windows 8.0 and 8.1 have two different end of support dates. Microsoft has decided to treat the upgrade from 8.0 to 8.1 as a service pack. That's where the two years from date of general availability (of Windows 8.1) comes from.
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  7. #17


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    7. 7 Pro. & 8-1


    Thanks,
    Act in haste, repent at leisure.
    This time I've put all files on a USB drive before I screw everything up.

    Mike
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  8. #18

    its a sepereate OS


    sorry Countmike 8.1 is defined as a new OS.
    The big probs will begin in a couple years time if MS and the OEM's dont resolve the restore funtion to take you back to >>8.1<< , or make available a free 8.1 ISO, as opposed to an unsupported 8.0 set-up.
    They will obviously have to tell users the specific KB needed to upgrade to 8.1

    marry in haste repent in leisure
    MS version
    Issue buggy OS let the user beware


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  9. #19


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    7. 7 Pro. & 8-1


    Thanks,
    Will do
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  10. #20


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    7. 7 Pro. & 8-1


    Thankd
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