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Windows 8 users face patch spigot shutoff in 7 months

Gregg Keizer | June 22, 2015
Windows 8 users have a little less than seven months to move to Windows 8.1 or be severed from Microsoft's security update stream.

Windows 8 users thus have two paths to continued support: Upgrade to Windows 8.1 and stay there, or update to Windows 8.1, then upgrade to Windows 10. The latter is more sensible. But some will resist migrating to Windows 10. Many of those will not want to lose Windows Media Center, the DVR-like add-on that Microsoft sold for $9.99 to people running Windows 8 Pro.

"If you have ... Windows 8 Pro with Media Center or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed," Microsoft acknowledged in a specifications listing for Windows 10.

Microsoft has published a detailed tutorial on how to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 on its website.


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