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Windows 8.1 biz users face patch freeze as Microsoft sets critical updates

Gregg Keizer | Aug. 8, 2014
Businesses running Windows 8.1 must have April's 'Update 1' in place or they get no patch satisfaction.

However, none of next week's nine updates will reach devices running Windows 8.1 unless they've been upgraded to Windows 8.1 Update, the mandated collection Microsoft released in mid-April.

Microsoft originally gave everyone just five weeks to put Windows 8.1 Update in place, but quickly backed off under pressure from corporate customers. Businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), Windows Intune or System Center Configuration Manager to obtain and deploy patches were given until August to apply Windows 8.1 Update before being shut off from future patches.

Consumers and small businesses -- anyone who uses Windows Update to fetch patches -- got a one-month extension, and so had to have Windows 8.1 Update in place by June 10.

Microsoft will ship the nine security updates on Aug. 12 at approximately 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT).


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