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please help me : WHY GET WIN.8.1 ?

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    please help me : WHY GET WIN.8.1 ?


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    Hi - wrote to Updates area and while getting a repy on how to download/install still want to know 'why' go thru with the 'update' any incur possible glitches during the ''store-update' area since i've been reading users having problems with 8.1. I don't do any major download i.e. films/ business data - just email, reading papers, message boards, etc.... so i'm asking 'here' also: what's the disadvantage of 'not' getting 8.1...thanks in advance - Edythe

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    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.
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    Many thanks !!!! i really appreciate your opinion and it all makes sense. (ps: i'm 'listed' as a 'power-user' on this board -huge error - LOL )
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    One more thing you should know:#

    Windows 8 Latest update or service pack
    Windows 8.1
    End of mainstream support
    January 9, 2018
    End of extended support
    January 10, 2023


    Windows 8.1


    7. What is the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for Windows 8.1?

    Windows 8.1 falls under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8, and will reach end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the General Availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 have 2 years, until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 in order to remain supported.

    8. Why are you requiring Windows 8 customers move to Windows 8.1 two years after the General Availability?

    Historically, we’ve had a similar support approach related to Windows service packs; when a Windows service pack is released, Microsoft provides customers 24 months of support for the prior service pack or original RTM version. Unlike service packs that are typically just a collection of fixes, Windows 8.1 has new features and enhancements. We designed Windows 8.1 to give customers an ability to deploy this update in a manner that is similar to how customers deploy service packs, therefore we are applying the existing service pack support policy to Windows 8.1.

    Windows 8.1 does not change any hardware requirements compared with Windows 8 or Windows 7 and existing Windows Store apps will work with Windows 8.1. The update has little to no impact on existing desktop apps and there is no direct software cost because business customers with Software Assurance licensing will receive Windows 8.1 as a free update. For organizations running legacy applications that need to be upgraded, there are tools to manage deployment in order to help mitigate cost and impact.
    Windows Products Support Lifecycle FAQ
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    Windows 8.0 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by edythe View Post
    Many thanks !!!! i really appreciate your opinion and it all makes sense. (ps: i'm 'listed' as a 'power-user' on this board -huge error - LOL )
    Nah, Brink doesn't make those kind of mistakes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by edythe View Post
    Many thanks !!!! i really appreciate your opinion and it all makes sense. (ps: i'm 'listed' as a 'power-user' on this board -huge error - LOL )
    Nah, Brink doesn't make those kind of mistakes.
    Nope, I set the promotions system up
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    Windows 8 (plain '8')


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    One more thing you should know:#

    Windows 8 Latest update or service pack
    Windows 8.1
    End of mainstream support
    January 9, 2018
    End of extended support
    January 10, 2023


    Windows 8.1


    7. What is the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy for Windows 8.1?

    Windows 8.1 falls under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8, and will reach end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the General Availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 have 2 years, until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 in order to remain supported.

    8. Why are you requiring Windows 8 customers move to Windows 8.1 two years after the General Availability?

    Historically, we’ve had a similar support approach related to Windows service packs; when a Windows service pack is released, Microsoft provides customers 24 months of support for the prior service pack or original RTM version. Unlike service packs that are typically just a collection of fixes, Windows 8.1 has new features and enhancements. We designed Windows 8.1 to give customers an ability to deploy this update in a manner that is similar to how customers deploy service packs, therefore we are applying the existing service pack support policy to Windows 8.1.

    Windows 8.1 does not change any hardware requirements compared with Windows 8 or Windows 7 and existing Windows Store apps will work with Windows 8.1. The update has little to no impact on existing desktop apps and there is no direct software cost because business customers with Software Assurance licensing will receive Windows 8.1 as a free update. For organizations running legacy applications that need to be upgraded, there are tools to manage deployment in order to help mitigate cost and impact.
    Windows Products Support Lifecycle FAQ
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    now i'm really confused: (sorry ) one place says win 8 supported until 2018 & final end 2023....but article states (if im reading it all correctly) that 8-users 'must' get 8.1 by Jan 2016 .... heeelllpppp?
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    I know it is confusing but the bottom line is support for 8 is going to end much sooner than for 8.1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I know it is confusing but the bottom line is support for 8 is going to end much sooner than for 8.1.
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    OK I WAS 'thick' -now i understand it (i hope) :
    because win. 8 now has the 8.1 ''update''(meaning that 8.1 is considered an 'update of/for win 8 and not a
    'new' program on it's own (i.e. 10) that I'd better do the 8 ''update'' called (8.1) by Jan. 16' !!! ....and that it's
    8.1 (not 8) that once installed that will then have mainstream support to jan. 2018 and end of extended to jan 2023 before needing win 10?... ...now i realize why i got confused: i saw
    ''windows 8/latest update or service pack ''windows 8.1/end of mainstream support , etc. was referring to 8.1 ''not'' 8 !! wow i better go back to school for remedial reading ! ok i better bite the bullet and do that 8.1 ''update'' for win 8 . Do i now have it all figured out ? thanks sooo much !
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    Trying to Sith things out
    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    wow i better go back to school for remedial reading !
    Not really
    Microsoft has never made it easy on customers and users
    It's the same for their licensing or better yet, look up how many different "Skype"'s they have, and each one is for a specific type of user.
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