Businesses running Windows 8.1: It's time to move to 8.1 Update

Businesses running Windows 8.1: It's time to move to 8.1 Update

Summary: Business customers running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 need to move to Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update by August 12 to continue to receive patches and fixes.

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Next week's Patch Tuesday, August, 12 is the date by which business users need to move from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Update in order to continue to get patches and fixes from Microsoft.

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Microsoft rolled out the first update to Windows 8.1 (known officially as "Windows 8.1 Update") in April. Originally, Microsoft planned to require all Windows 8.1 users to install the Update by May 13.

But on May 12, Microsoft officials, responding to user complaints, agreed to extend the grace period for applying the Update. Consumers had until June 10 to move to Windows 8.1 Update from Windows 8.1 in order to continue to receive patches and fixes.

Business users have until August 12 to move to Windows 8.1 Update from Windows 8.1, and to Windows Server 2012 R2 Update from Windows Server 2012 R2, officials said back in May. The business-side deadline applies to those updating using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Intune and/or System Center Configuration Manager to update users' machines. The August 12 deadline also applies to users running Windows 8.1 Embedded Industry; they need to move to the Update to continue to get patches and fixes, too.

Users who are on plain-old Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 --not Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 -- are not subject to the requirement to move to Windows 8.1 Update within Microsoft's deadline in order to continue to get patches and fixes.

Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 2 (officially known as the "August" updates) -- which Microsoft will release on August 12 -- are not required updates which must be applied by a set deadline to ensure future patch and fix availability.

Topics: Windows 8, IT Priorities, Microsoft, IT Policies, Windows Server

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  • Update 1

    There are no reasons for businesses to not download and install Windows 8.1 Update. The update and install is seamless and relatively fast.
    Pollo Pazzo
    • ...

      This isn't about installing 8.1. This is about people being on 8.1 - they have to apply the April updates before they can apply the August updates. Previously it used to be mix-your-own where you could pretty much mix and match any updates. This is a nightmare to test and support.
      Sacr
      • Update 1

        I was talking about Update 1 for Windows 8.1, as shown into the subject line. Update 1 installs just like any other update, but its just bigger.
        Pollo Pazzo
        • It is confusing

          It is confusing having a dramatic headline for a minor support cycle date.
          Buster Friendly
          • I agree about it being confusing

            and also there seems to be a conflict in information about Windows 8.1 Update 2.


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            From a Forbs article posted this morning:

            In a blog post by Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc, he explains that there will be no more major update releases for Windows 8: “despite rumours and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 ‘Update 2’.”

            Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/08/08/windows-8-updates/

            Seems the best bet for Windows users is to wait for Win9.
            BoxOfParts
          • Oops The above should read:

            From a Forbs article posted this morning:

            In a blog post by Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc, he explains that there will be no more major update releases for Windows 8: “despite rumours and speculation, we are not planning to deliver a Windows 8.1 ‘Update 2’.”

            Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2014/08/08/windows-8-updates/

            Seems the best bet for Windows users is to wait for Win9.
            BoxOfParts
          • I am surprsed .

            Seems as though the trolls are breading like crazy this summer.

            Must be the cooler weather....
            William.Farrel
          • Re:

            LOL, the heat index today where I am is 110 degrees.
            BoxOfParts
    • The Windows 8.1 Update Is A Virus...

      I tried to update my Lenovo Ideatab to 8.1, and:

      * This first attempt to update went on for 4-hours and failed (was stuck on restarting so I finally restarted my system and corrupted the installation).

      * After using the restore partition to revert back to Windows 8, I foolishly tried again, and 5-hours later it finally installed.

      * Only to find it broke every app that used to work.

      * In 8.1, Windows store would pop up every 30-seconds after being closed, and crashed the system to the kernel each time.

      * I could not find a way to stop Windows Store from popping up, even after supposedly disabling it.

      * The updated Youtube and Flipboard Metro apps would frequently crash my system to the kernel.

      * Windows 8.1 would ONLY allow me to log into my MS account, as opposed to the machine.

      I uninstalled 8.1 immediately and reverted back to 8, which I emphatically hate, but I can't do anything about getting Window 7 installed because the BIOS is completely locked down and you can't boot via USB, Disc, or Network.

      It would require taking apart my Lenovo Ideatab Lynx and reformatting the SSD, which no one I could find online has done to date. The POS is glued together. Even if you were successful at taking it apart, you would have a better chance of putting Humpty Dumpty back together before getting it to work again.
      orandy
      • Bad dream

        Orandy, you have such bad luck with the imaginary devices you own.
        Sean Foley
        • Well, You Two Geniuses Have the Make And Model Number:

          Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011.

          I'm successful and wealthy and I don't have to lie about anything.

          Show me someone who put Windows 7 on it... THAT'S WHAT I THOUGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          orandy
          • And yet you continue

            To lie about just about everything. Either that, or you're more computer illiterate than my mom.
            Michael Alan Goff
          • So in other words, and to be honest

            you're far from successful, and not even close to wealthy, so you feel you have to lie about everything coming from a successful and wealthy company like Microsoft.

            you may not be successful; you may not be wealthy; but you sure do seem to be envious.
            William.Farrel
      • LOL

        I'm sure that's probably made up. Either that or you must have the worst computer skills on the planet.
        Buster Friendly
      • Wow - No Problems

        No problems for me updating all of my various Win 8 computers.
        rmark@...
      • Ah, the joyous benefits of "agile" software development - LOL

        Microsoft has to learn all their lessons the hard way. But the hardest lessons learned are the ones people "hopefully" never forget.

        *Still chilling on Windows 7 - enjoying the view of Windows 8 from afar*. :)
        j4w4
      • I see you're back to making up stories again, ophony.

        Unless this is all just your shtick, you're really not fooling anyone.

        Otherwise you're just another ABMer who swore off all things MS, and has been MS free for years who happens to keep buying MS products. all which have failed.

        Yup...
        William.Farrel
      • RE:The Windows 8.1 Update Is A Virus

        Well, normally I would feel for you. But you were warned about Win 8 long before you decided to buy it ANYWAYS so don't blame MS blame yourself
        Stan920
    • There is no reason for businesses to have installed Windows 8...period

      What companies were stupid enough to install Windows 8 as a business oriented operating system. Can I get a list so that I can start making jokes for a comedy routine?

      What a bunch of buffoons. This is the problem with the world today. They can't think for themselves so that leave it up to everybody to do their thinking for them. Thankfully for the businesses that got themselves in to this Windows 8 quagmire, others, like myself, have stood up and voiced your concerns to get this train wreck back on track. Slowly but surely it is happening.

      I can't imagine the pains that some companies have gone through by installing Windows 8 from release day. LOL. Sad but true I guess.
      j4w4
      • We allow Windows 8

        It isn't mandatory, but users can decide for themselves, when their kit gets upgraded, whether they want to stay on Windows 7 or switch to Windows 8. So far around 60% have requested Windows 8, some want to stick with Windows 7 and one App developer wants to put Windows 7 on his Windows 8 tablet!
        wright_is