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    Move from Windows 8 to 8.1 NOW!!!


    Windows 8 users face patch spigot shutoff in 7 months

    Windows 8 users have a little less than seven months to move to Windows 8.1 or be cut off from Microsoft's stream of security updates.
    Windows 8 users face patch spigot shutoff in 7 months - Techworld


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

    Historically, weve 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


    Products Released Lifecycle Start Date Mainstream Support End Date Extended Support End Date Service Pack Support End Date Notes
    Windows 8 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 1/12/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Enterprise 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 1/12/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Enterprise N 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 1/12/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 N 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 1/12/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Pro 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 1/12/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.
    Windows 8 Pro N 10/30/2012 1/9/2018 1/10/2023 1/12/2016 Customers have 24 months to move to Windows 8.1 after General Availability in order to remain supported. See the Windows 8.1 FAQ for more information.

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    I really can't fault them. Having two versions of 8 out there is a bit dumb. Honestly don't understand why some 8 users refuse to upgrade to 8.1, it is better and more stable IMO.
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    Some can't due to not meeting all the requirements. Certain CPU's don't have all the required features for 8.1. Some have tried and the update fails, or they have issues after upgrading and roll back to 8.0. Some are just scared its going to crash their PC. etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Some can't due to not meeting all the requirements. Certain CPU's don't have all the required features for 8.1. .
    Now that's planned obsolescence.
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I really can't fault them. Having two versions of 8 out there is a bit dumb. Honestly don't understand why some 8 users refuse to upgrade to 8.1, it is better and more stable IMO.
    Moving from 8 to 8.1 was a nightmare, which I still have not forgotten, probably never will.
    After many unsuccessful attempts, I have got an "illegal" 8.1 ISO and I did a clean install.
    I consider myself somewhat experienced user, so I am not surprised, that folks have problems.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Get yourself a good clean ISO here, Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
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    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    I really can't fault them. Having two versions of 8 out there is a bit dumb. Honestly don't understand why some 8 users refuse to upgrade to 8.1, it is better and more stable IMO.
    Moving from 8 to 8.1 was a nightmare, which I still have not forgotten, probably never will.
    After many unsuccessful attempts, I have got an "illegal" 8.1 ISO and I did a clean install.
    I consider myself somewhat experienced user, so I am not surprised, that folks have problems.
    You have a legal key though I hope?
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    You have a legal key though I hope?
    Yes, I have got myself a clean ISO from Microsoft, but I still have to use an "illegal" key to install, then I have to activate it with an original 8 key. It is Microsoft's fault, that people have problems without 8.1 ISO.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    [QUOTE=TairikuOkami;508662]
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TairikuOkami View Post
    You have a legal key though I hope?
    Yes, I have got myself a clean ISO from Microsoft, but I still have to use an "illegal" key to install, then I have to activate it with an original 8 key. It is Microsoft's fault, that people have problems, 8.1 iso is restricted.
    The install media from the link I posted will use 8.0 and 8.1 keys, even OEM embedded keys. I verified it myself. I'm still using my TechNet 8.0 Pro keys with that media.
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    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    It has been years since I have downloaded it, MS probably changed its policy, which was bad to start with.
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