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Will 8.1 Users Eventually Be Forced to 9?

  1. #11


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    Unlikely IMHO. As already mentioned, 9 will be a new OS, not an update to the current OS. I wouldn't expect Windows 8.1's end of support date to change from what it is now. Microsoft did confuse things with the 8.0 to 8.1 update though. They say it isn't a service pack, but they treated it like one as far as end of support for 8.0 went. You will eventually have to move on to 8.1 to continue to recive updates. That cutoff date is shorter than it normally would have been if there had not been an 8.1 update.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    If the rumors of W9 being free to Win8 users are right, i would love to be "forced" to update to it.
    However, if I find I like v8.1 better, I want to know that I can stay with it until 2023 (and receive patches). I realize that SHOULD be the plan, but this may be a different ball game.

    I realize that 8.1 is akin to a service pack, but it did bring new features to the OS (like NT 4.0 SP4 and XP SP2). And since updates for 8 Gold were ceased almost immediately (not something of Microsoft convention), I worry the same may happen to 8.1, that's all.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Unlikely IMHO. As already mentioned, 9 will be a new OS, not an update to the current OS. I wouldn't expect Windows 8.1's end of support date to change from what it is now. Microsoft did confuse things with the 8.0 to 8.1 update though. They say it isn't a service pack, but they treated it like one as far as end of support for 8.0 went. You will eventually have to move on to 8.1 to continue to recive updates. That cutoff date is shorter than it normally would have been if there had not been an 8.1 update.
    You related my sentiments exactly (and I think you answered my question )
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  4. #14


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    I will "switch" to windows 9 but I refuse to "upgrade" I have no desire to do an "upgrade" install, forced or not.
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  5. #15


    Can't see MS making such a bold move to change too much in windows to make too many HW obsolete. Historically, little was changed in that aspect. Many drivers worked from older to newer edition at least partially. Every version brought at least one new DirectX but with good compatibility with previous one.
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