Time for a little public service announcement! If you are, for some reason, yet to deploy Windows 8.1 Update on your computers, then you have round about 7 days left to do so.
That is, if you want to keep on installing any future patches that Microsoft releases.
The software titan made it abundantly clear that the first ever refresh of Windows 8.1 was to be an absolutely mandatory install — the company wants everyone to switch to the newest versions of its operating system, so as not to fragment the user base.
And since Microsoft will be rolling out this month’s Patch Tuesday updates next week, on May 13, users that are yet to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update are advised to do so by then.
This is what a Redmond engineer recently said about the necessity of all future improvements to be based on Windows 8.1 Update:
“Since Microsoft wants to ensure that customers benefit from the best support and servicing experience and to coordinate and simplify servicing across both Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows 8.1, this update will be considered a new servicing/support baseline.”
Short deadline, yes, but a necessary one:
“What this means is those users who have elected to install updates manually will have 30 days to install Windows 8.1 Update on Windows 8.1 devices; after this 30-day window – and beginning with the May Patch Tuesday, Windows 8.1 user’s devices without the update installed will no longer receive security updates.”
So basically, if you are yet to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update by May 13, the only fixes you will see when you fire up Windows Update will be the single patch that deploys this new version.
By the way, business users recently got a reprieve from this short deadline.
It is also worth mentioning here that some users are still having trouble installing Windows 8.1 Update due to installation errors, even after trying both the manual and automatic routes. Even the workarounds that Microsoft have posted are not resolving these issues.
What remains to be seen is what exactly will happen to these users after May 13.