Microsoft pushes back Windows 8.1 Update deadline by another month

Microsoft pushes back Windows 8.1 Update deadline by another month

Summary: Microsoft is giving consumers running Windows 8.1 an extra 30 days to install Windows 8.1 Update.


Microsoft is giving consumers another 30 days beyond its originally stated deadline to install Windows 8.1 Update.


Instead of requiring Windows 8.1 users to install the update by May 13, which is this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft is now allowing them a longer grace period — until June 10 — to move to the Update in order to continue to receive patches and fixes from the company. Microsoft announced the Windows 8.1 Update deadline extension on May 12.

Business users still have until August 12 to move to the Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft extended the deadline for those updating using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Intune and/or System Center Configuration to update users' machines. Microsoft execs unveiled the new deadline in mid-April after outcry from some that Microsoft wasn't giving them enough leadtime to apply the update.

Consumers running Windows 8.1 who have Automatic Updates turned on don't need to do anything; they will receive the Update automatically via Windows Update.

Update: Just so it's clear(er), users who are on Windows 8, not Windows 8.1, are not subject to the requirement to move to Windows 8.1 Update by June. I am a big fan of Windows 8.1 myself, given the release -- especially with the Update applied -- given it makes Windows 8 much easier to use with mice and keyboards.

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


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Issues

    W8 worked perfectly on my Asus hybrid laptop but when I upgraded to W8.1 about 5-6 months ago, I found that it caused more problems than when it was running W8. I restored it to factory settings (W8) a couple of months later and now it works perfectly again, so I'll be loathed to switch back to W8.1 just in case these issues haven't been resolved, but I guess I'm left with no choice :(
    • Win8.1 mot Win8

      Tim if you are running Win8 and not Win8.1 then you are fine. Only people running Win8.1 have to do the update.

      Unless I misread that.
      • 8.1 not considered optional

        8.1 is like Win XP Service Pack 3 -- it wasn't considered optional. For instance, it's not a situation that if you buy a computer you have the choice of 8 or 8.1 or if you buy a Windows install disk you have a choice of 8 or 8.1.
        • 8.1 can be considered optional...

          if you are using software versions that are not certified for it. Such as Autocad 2014 (and verticals) and ESRI Arcview 10.1 which are my main programs. There are many posts from people who use those versions, upgraded to Win 8.1 and then had troubles.
          Dave S2
          • Not really

            Windows 8 RTM will die in January 2016.
    • Tim - Do you have Nvida graphics?

      It's a "dirty little secret" that Nvidia's graphics drivers are not fully Win 8 compatible. For instance, my main home machine has two separate boot drives, one to Win 7 Home Premium and the other to Win 8 Pro (now 8.1). I had an Nvidia video card that had worked fine for well over a year with Win 7. When I added the Win 8 install, I repeatedly got all sorts of horrendous crashes. We're talking reinstall-the-O/S bad. Not only that, the system has four drives and it would even damage the file systems on the OTHER drives!

      One day I realized: WAIT A MINUTE! Because a motherboard had failed, I had had to swap a lot of different things. THAT SAME MOBO had worked fine with Win 8 for a YEAR in another box! The difference was that when I used it in the other box I used the on-board Intel graphics but when I moved the mobo to the Win 7/Win 8 box I switched to the Nvidia card.

      I checked on-line and found out about the Nvidia incompatibility. Even the latest drivers aren't fully Win 8/8.1 compatible. I bought an AMD card, put that in and it stopped the crashes.

      Separate from that, in some setups Win 8/8.1 has a tendency to randomly hang for long periods. Often the only recourse is a hard shutdown/reboot. It seems no one has found "the" cause. Different folks report different "cures" on their particular setup.
      • nvidia always has driver issues

        we always get crashes here at work with the nvidia cards.
      • Thanks, Rick R

        You just saved me money and angst. I was thinking of buying another laptop with nVidia because it works so well on my Win7 machines, just love it -- but was going to get another, thinking to SOMEDAY install my Win8 DVDs on it. Didn't do that, only because I didn't want to go through the hassle 'today'.

        Now, armed with your intelligence on the cards, I know to only (if ever) install Win8 to my Intel graphics cards machines. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. In dollars, you just saved me $200 (Dell was having a 30% sale, ending today). In time, you saved me a month. I owe you.
        • TO OTHERS, re Linux and nVidia

          Others have complained that the Optimus Card of nVidia won't run on Zorin 6. I didn't have that problem when I ran it. I also didn't have the problem on my nVidia machines (Dell Lat 6510 and 6530) with any Linux distro I tried, though Fedora said it couldn't find the right driver, and substituted whatever driver it liked (which ran fine). I tried all the popular distros, except Puppy.

          So whatever USED TO BE the problem with nVidia and Linux, I guess it's gone now.
          • Similar

            I've installed Win8 on about 10 systems with glowing results. That is, until I set up a system for a coworker's daughter. It was a top-of-the-line Dell XPS laptop from about 6 years ago. All specs were fine and I saw no reason it wouldn't work based on my prior experience. Upon first boot, the video drivers obviously weren't loaded because it had a low resolution. I installed the audio drivers (WinXP because that's all I could get) which worked surprisingly well, but it also installed the video drivers automatically at that time. (I didn't get a chance to check to see if it was a Windows download or somehow related to the audio drivers.) In any event, once the video driver installed (and the resolution looked great), the system began to act odd. Primarily, it would hang a bit and then, when trying to browse internet explorer, it would give an error, restart IE, and repeat - which is what I've seen someone mention before. I had to give the system before I was able to troubleshoot, but recall noticing it had an NVidia driver. Most likely, that was the problem.
    • Did you update the drivers...?

      Did you update the drivers for that laptop? When I upgraded my Dell XPS12 from Win8 to Win8.1, I had to download and install a ton of drivers from the Dell site afterwards.
      Brian Steele (2014)
  • what if I buy a computer after that date that still has Win8

    If I purchase a computer or use a Win8 disk to upgrade the OS after the deadline does this mean I am cut off? like XP users? this doesn't make sense for Win8, which is the latest OS. I get it that XP users are cut off but why win8?
    • No

      You will not be cut off from the update. It will install automatically after that date. The deadline extension is referring to the point at which the update will no longer be optional.
      • Actually, I DID try to update.

        But after the installation was complete, I tried to log into my Microsoft account only to be told my password was not correct. After re-entering several times to make sure, my only choice was to back out and restore to 8.

        Stymied, I haven't re-tried since. Very frustrating.

        I have no idea what will happen once it becomes non-optional.
  • How do you tell if you have the update

    What is the difference (you can see on the screen or in the windows update history) between win 8.1 and win 8.1 update
    • The most obvious is the power and search icons which...

      ...appear next to the user icon.
      • Bought new laptop on June 10

        First of all, they always showed the service pack in Control Panel\System, why couldn't they do that?

        Second, it was always called a service pack. What? Did that term become politically incorrect because it contained the word "Service"?

        Third, it took forever to find the KB # and how to verify the install, (search icon?).

        Fourth, I was scared out of my wits that my new pooter was gonna tank in 2016, only to find out above it was eventually going to update automatically after spending two hours watching the MS progress bar, (paint drying?), doing it manually.

        Finally, why does MS always seem to make it so difficult? On the bright side, it keeps me from buying new pooters too often. Takes at least a year or two to forget what a PITA it is to set them up!
    • How to tell

      For one thing, if you move your cursor to the top of the screen while in a store app you will now see a title bar with a close x button and a minimize button. Also if you move your cursor to the bottom of the screen while in a store app you will now see the task bar.

      Also you can now pin store apps to the task bar, and the traditional right click context menu has been brought back on the start page. Although that last one I'm not sure if it came with 8.1 or update 1.
    • Get TuneUp 2014 to know what build you have

      Link: . It's now compatible with Win8, and presumably 8.1 as well. One of the 'Windows settings' options it has, is to display the Windows build on the desktop.

      It does dozens of things which will make you happy. I wouldn't run any version of Windows without it. Have something like 12 licenses, maybe more. Each copy is good for up to 3 PCs, and you can bulk-buy a license good for 5 PCs or more. The 3-PC license, if I recall, costs about $50 or less.

      It does what Norton SystemWorks used to do, only with more options and even better. The only thing it lacks, is a counterpart to Norton GoBack (main reason I stay on XP). Great little program of many really needful utilities.
  • What do users do who have installed Windows 8.1 for whom ...

    ... Windows 8.1 Update 1 will not install properly? Is there a workaround for this? Can they rollback to Windows 8?
    M Wagner