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As Patch Tuesday looms, Microsoft gives Windows 8.1 users a reprieve

Gregg Keizer | May 14, 2014
For the third time in four weeks, Microsoft has backed away from a customer cutoff by postponing enforcement of the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline until June 10.

"We're confident that within the next month, the majority of the remaining customers who haven't updated their devices to the Windows 8.1 Update will be able to do so," LeBlanc said today.

One factor that may have tipped the scales in favor of an extension was the widely-reported trouble many have had in getting Win8.1U to install on Windows 8.1 systems. A very long thread on Microsoft's support forum contains more than 1,100 messages from people who have encountered errors while trying to deploy Win8.1U.

"Okay folks, if you are STILL struggling, STILL can't get this damn update installed and I have not opened a support case [for you]/you do not have a support case open, let's get you into support so they can better understand what's going on," wrote forum moderator Susan Bradley in a message Monday alerting readers of the massive thread that Microsoft had extended the deadline to June 10.

Microsoft declined to comment when asked whether the extension was linked to the problems voiced by customers in the support thread.

On Tuesday, Microsoft will issue eight security updates for Internet Explorer, various versions of Windows and Office. Four of the updates will apply to Windows 8.1. All users currently on Windows 8.1, including those who have already installed Win8.1U, will be able to retrieve and install tomorrow's updates.


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