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New Windows 8.1 requirements strand some users on 8

  1. #21


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    I doubt MS lied. They WILL still support 8. In fact, they even have a product list with the support cycle for each, give it a try: Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search
    I tried it. I searched for "Windows 8" on that page, and it says this in the Notes column.
    Microsoft Product Lifecycle Search
    Windows 8 customers will have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    So they won't support Windows 8 in 2 years' time, according to the link you posted...

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  2. #22


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    @DustSailer, If support for Windows 8 was dropped after 2 years, anybody that paid for 8 and can't upgrade too 8.1 is going to be thrown under the bus. I think that's the point DavidY is trying to make. I personally would be very surprised if Microsoft actually did that. I don't think its in their best interest. It would seem though that there is conflicting information on this scenario.
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  3. #23


    Southern California
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center x64


    May just have to see how it pans out o.0

    when I looked, win 8 said mainstream ends 1/9/18 and extended ends 1/10/23... ?

    Edit:
    Ah, I see that note:
    Windows 8.1 will remain under the same lifecycle policy as Windows 8 with support ending 1/10/2023. Windows 8 customers will have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after the General Availability of the Windows 8.1 update in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
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  4. #24


    Southern California
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    Well that really sucks because they made 8.1 hard to get through volume licenses, and I have a few computers with 8 on them.

    Means I'll need to go through a complicated procedure since the store doesn't provide them for me. and apparently it is mandatory:
    Microsoft mandates Windows 8.1 upgrade - Computerworld

    Which means...
    Forgive me, David, for being an @zz
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  5. #25


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    Quote Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
    Forgive me, David, for being an @zz
    Hey, no problem.

    Microsoft need to sort out the contradictory info on their website - you look at the info on Windows 8 and it appears to be supported long-term; it's only when you look at the stuff on Windows 8.1 that it tells you that Windows 8 isn't supported after all in 2 years' time.
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  6. #26


    Wait, did the article says "AMD Athlon X2 64"?
    If it doesn't support Athlon X2 64, uh oh.

    I was about to upgrade my family computer to Windows 8.1 (AMD Athlon X2 64 5000+).
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  7. #27


    Southern California
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    ^ try the upgrade assistant - http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=261871
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Wait, did the article says "AMD Athlon X2 64"?
    If it doesn't support Athlon X2 64, uh oh.

    I was about to upgrade my family computer to Windows 8.1 (AMD Athlon X2 64 5000+).
    Don't worry Win8 and 8.1 work just fine on my computer with exactly same processor.
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  9. #29


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Wait, did the article says "AMD Athlon X2 64"?
    If it doesn't support Athlon X2 64, uh oh.

    I was about to upgrade my family computer to Windows 8.1 (AMD Athlon X2 64 5000+).
    Don't worry Win8 and 8.1 work just fine on my computer with exactly same processor.
    Just to check - are you running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.1? (I believe that at least some of the problems affect 64-bit Windows but 32-bit will run.)
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  10. #30


    Win 8.1 Pro, x64. on M2n-CM DVI, MB. 2GB memory.
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