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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update requirement generates confusion

Juan Carlos Perez | May 14, 2014
Microsoft is struggling to explain its requirement for Windows 8.1 customers to update to the latest version of the OS in order to receive bug and security patches.

Will there be at some point a technology impediment that makes Windows 8.1 PCs unable to absorb patches and fixes? If not, is the requirement for Windows 8.1 customers to move to Windows 8.1 Update an arbitrary decision by Microsoft? After all, customers who are still on Windows 8 will continue to receive all security and non-security updates through January 2016.

IDG News Service has so far been unable to obtain clarification on this issue from Microsoft.

In the meantime, as reported by Computerworld recently, installing Windows 8.1 Update isn't going smoothly for everybody, as evidenced by this long thread on Microsoft's support discussion forum.

 

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