No More Updates for Windows 8.1

Alright, now that I have your attention, I can try to explain the slightly convoluted scenario that Microsoft has foisted onto us.

First of all, any vanilla Windows 8 systems are not affected.  For the time being, systems running Windows 8 will continue to receive their updates as scheduled.

However, if you are running Windows 8.1, you will be required to install “Windows 8.1 Update” in order to meet Microsoft’s new product baseline and continue to receive security updates for your operating system.  This Update (with a Capital U) is the rough equivalent of a Service Pack, and Microsoft will require this Update to be installed if you want to get any security updates published in the future.  

Home users should update their systems with this “Update” by May 13 to remain supported, while enterprise customers and systems have been given a small reprieve and have until August 12 to make the same changes.  If you do not patch by this time, the *only* patch available to you will be this lovely “Update” instead of anything more current.  From the Microsoft website:

“…the Windows 8.1 Update is a required update to keep Windows 8.1 devices current. It will need to be installed to receive new updates from Windows Update starting on May 13th. The vast majority of these customers already have Automatic Update turned on, so they don’t need to be concerned since the update will simply install in the background prior to May 13th. For customers managing updates on their devices manually who haven’t installed the Windows 8.1 Update prior to May 13th, moving forward they will only see the option to install the Windows 8.1 Update in Windows Update. No new updates will be visible to them until they install the Windows 8.1 Update.”

Any C&IT DeskTech managed systems will be taken care of during this transition process, however due to our diverse desktop deployment I wanted to make sure that all of our campus system administrators are properly aware of this interesting wrinkle.

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