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Will 8.1 Users Eventually Be Forced to 9?

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    Will 8.1 Users Eventually Be Forced to 9?


    If I understand correctly, users of the original Windows 8 were forced to upgrade to 8.1 if they wanted to continue receiving updates. I worry that if Windows 9 is a runaway success (but I end up preferring Windows 8.1), that I'll be forced to likewise upgrade to continue getting my system patched.

    As it stands, I hope to receive updates on Windows 8.1 until 2023 (and I hope it remains that way.)

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    For practical purposes Windows 8.1 is an update, rather like a service pack, for Windows 8. The end of support date for Windows 8 refers to whatever is the latest update at that time. Windows 9 is a new product. The end of support date for Windows 9 will be for whatever the latest update is called. The end of support for Windows 7 is January 2020 but that requires Service pack 1. Service packs usually don't include significant changes in functionality but isn't always the case.

    At least that would be consistent with past practice.
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    Forever West
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    As seen in some explanations Windows Mainstream Support ends 5 years after the release of the final product and Extended Support ends 5 years after that. But then maybe Microsoft will extend that for Win7 as they did with WinXP.
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    If the rumors of W9 being free to Win8 users are right, i would love to be "forced" to update to it.
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    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.
    Agreed
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    I can't wait for Win 9 too - especially if it's free.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    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.
    I don't know about this, I wish I could get 9. I hope OEM Win 8/8.1 have also the opportunity for the upgrade. But still not sure if new drivers for my OEM lap would be released
    After all, compatibility is what determines the smooth working of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    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.
    I don't know about this, I wish I could get 9. I hope OEM Win 8/8.1 have also the opportunity for the upgrade. But still not sure if new drivers for my OEM lap would be released
    After all, compatibility is what determines the smooth working of it.
    It might not be a problem for drivers, W9 should not be too different underneath. DirectX 12 could be a bit of problem though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    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.
    I don't know about this, I wish I could get 9. I hope OEM Win 8/8.1 have also the opportunity for the upgrade. But still not sure if new drivers for my OEM lap would be released
    After all, compatibility is what determines the smooth working of it.
    It might not be a problem for drivers, W9 should not be too different underneath. DirectX 12 could be a bit of problem though.
    Yes Mike, you're bang on.
    That was exactly what Im worried about in the first place to start with.
    Also, my system has switchable graphics & none of the drivers released till now have been of any help even after the driver spec saying that it is compatible with Win8.1. Everything screws up on updating.
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    India
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    It is a free upgrade for Win 8 users -

    http://bgr.com/2014/09/28/windows-9-...free-download/
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