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Solved microsoft discontinuing Win 8 support same as XP ??????


edythe

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#1
Just left the Installation & Setup forum where i 'think' i read a poster stating that Microsoft will shortly discontinue support for Win 8 (just as they're doing with XP) and one must get 8.1 ASAP to receive security updates, etc.!! ... i hope i am mistaken and didn't toally understand the poster's commment . I'm not thrilled with the idea of doing the 8.1 download because i'm just not computer -savy -. Thought i'd just live with '8' ! just bought my Lenovo and had it set-up today at the store ! please tell me what i read is incorrect ! :confused:
 

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You have 2 years to update to 8.1.

Jim :cool:
 

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edythe

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OK tried to read & understand what was showing - i have two years to upgrade to 8.1.. or stop getting ''service packs' after that - but in lieu of no more 'service packs' (should i not upgrade) does it also mean i will not any more 'security updates, patches, etc. also after two years ? I can't be the only one too timid to try the current update (upgrade?) to 8.1 ... is it just a matter of biting the bullet and trying to download and install it ? Is it possible to case problems and clidk on a wrong popup and damage the download or install ? Since my computer is brand-new without any of my own saved files or folders, (other than an AOL email account) would that fact mean the download & install of 8.1 would be 'cleaner' and less likely to 'abort' ? thanks
PS: should i have not gotten a computer w/o win 8.1 installed by the mfg (which are now available but at a considerably higher price -just got mine on sale and maybe the sale was based on it's not having Win 8.1 but just Win 8??? - Lenovo PC thanks again !
 

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edythe

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You have 2 years to update to 8.1.

Jim :cool:
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Yes and just went to site suggest in other reply - i looked at 'life-cycle' time-terms and frankly understand little of it - Is it true that Win 8 is just approaching 2 yrs of age? so anyone recently buying a Win 8-only computer made a mistake? I got a very good price for a Lenovo PC but what good is that if Win.8 is going to die-out? thanks for your inpute ! bottom line i'm worried about attempting the upgrade on my own !! unless it's not really that difficult - edythe
 

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Ztruker

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I'd say hold off on upgrading to 8.1. Wait until 8.2 is available, supposedly spring of 2014.

I also just bought a Lenovo with Windows 8 and have no concerns about future Windows Updates.

Look at Windows 7. It was release in 2009 and is still getting updates. Heck, even XP is getting updates until April of this year.
 

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Phone Man

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After 2 years MS will only offer security updates to 8 and not any other updates that fix or improve the system. There is talk of a 8.1 Update in the spring and 8.2 at the end of the year. After 8.2 comes out MS will support 8.1 for 2 more years. If you decide to upgrade to 8.1 use Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download to do an image of your system. Then if something goes wrong with the upgrade it will only take about 15min to restore you system to 8. There are many Tutorials on this forum and plenty of help to guide you through the upgrade. I did my home built system and only had one small program that needed an update after the upgrade.

Jim :cool:
 

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SIW2

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You could consider upgrading to win7. Unless you have 8.0 PRO, you will need to buy win7 to do that. Well worth it.


You have 2 years to update to 8.1.

Jim :cool:
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Yes and just went to site suggest in other reply - i looked at 'life-cycle' time-terms and frankly understand little of it - Is it true that Win 8 is just approaching 2 yrs of age? so anyone recently buying a Win 8-only computer made a mistake? I got a very good price for a Lenovo PC but what good is that if Win.8 is going to die-out? thanks for your inpute ! bottom line i'm worried about attempting the upgrade on my own !! unless it's not really that difficult - edythe
 

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If you're on this forum, you're smart enough to upgrade to Win 8.1 without serious issues. go ahead...
 

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You could consider upgrading to win7. Unless you have 8.0 PRO, you will need to buy win7 to do that. Well worth it.


You have 2 years to update to 8.1.

Jim :cool:
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Yes and just went to site suggest in other reply - i looked at 'life-cycle' time-terms and frankly understand little of it - Is it true that Win 8 is just approaching 2 yrs of age? so anyone recently buying a Win 8-only computer made a mistake? I got a very good price for a Lenovo PC but what good is that if Win.8 is going to die-out? thanks for your inpute ! bottom line i'm worried about attempting the upgrade on my own !! unless it's not really that difficult - edythe
technically that would be a downgrade ,except for people who hate win8
 

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edythe

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If you're on this forum, you're smart enough to upgrade to Win 8.1 without serious issues. go ahead...
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Hi - well you have more 'confidence' in me than I do ! LOL ---but I'm tenuous only because I know enough to know i ''dont''' know enough - but i may well bite the bullet & do the 8.1 upgrade but only after i transfer my Norton NIS into the new computer and before i'd save any folders/files or install Malwarebytes & SuperAntiSpyware that i currently have in this computer . Thanks so much & Happy New Year - Edythe
 

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Edythe,
If I were you, I would use Windows Defender and MalwareBytes and dump the other two you're using. I test AV products for a living and that's what I use on all of my home PC's. Just my advice...
 

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No, you have a good amount of time support wise for just Windows 8. The service pack support date end is 2016, which is interesting as there probably won't ever be a service pack for Windows 8.

Update (ideally clean install) Windows 8.1 on your system. Don't be waiting around for Windows 8.2 this April as no such thing is in existence being known as 8.2. There will be an Update 1 for 8.1 in April, similar to Windows Phone's GDR update cycle.

Microsoft would MUCH rather have you on the latest version as it's better for you, the end user, and better for them since they only need to keep very few compilations of code up to date versus several. The only reason why xp has lasted so long support wise is a whole story that spans a decade.
 

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DavidY

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No, you have a good amount of time support wise for just Windows 8. The service pack support date end is 2016, which is interesting as there probably won't ever be a service pack for Windows 8.
For support purposes, MS are apparently treating 8.1 as if it's Windows 8 SP1.

So Windows 8 will be out of support 2 years after General Availability of Windows 8.1 (which apparently is January 2016, not October 2015; no idea how they work that one out, given 8.1 has been available to anyone since October 2015).

Look at Windows 7. It was release in 2009 and is still getting updates.
Windows 7 SP1 is supported, but Windows 7 without Service Packs is not supported. It's the same with Windows 8.
 

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