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Windows 7: Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a Mandatory Update for Future Security Updates


03 Apr 2014   #1

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Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a Mandatory Update for Future Security Updates

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Microsoft has now gone ahead and released the KB Article for Windows 8.1 Update 1 ahead of the April 8, 2014 public availability.

You can read the full KB Article (2919355) here: Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update April, 2014

However, there's one very important piece of content in the KB Article that really needs its own special highlight. In the Introduction section it reads:

Important All future security and nonsecurity updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require this update to be installed. We recommend that you install this update on your Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer in order to receive continued future updates.
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03 Apr 2014   #2

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How is this different from Windows 7 service packs? On Windows 7 if you do not have SP1, you can't get the new updates.
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04 Apr 2014   #3

 

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How is this different from Windows 7 service packs? On Windows 7 if you do not have SP1, you can't get the new updates.
It's different due to the change in hardware requirements between Win8 and Win8.1 verses older editions like Windows 7 and Windows 7-SP1. You can install Windows 8 onto hardware without requirements such as CompareExchange128 however it's required for the 8.1 update (also 8.1 Update 1).

Those users can't update Windows 8 devices to 8.1 devices (and again to the Win8.1 Update 1) and this means they will not be getting security updates and should be downgrading to Windows 7.
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04 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

This only applies to Windows 8.1 and operating systems built off of 8.1. From the wording of the KB article I assume that Windows 8 will continue to receive updates during the duration of its support period.
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04 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/64-bit
 
 

OK thank you guys for that explanation.
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05 Apr 2014   #6

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But Windows 8 support period ends in less then 2 years (October 18, 2015)

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Windows 8 customers now have two years to move to Windows 8.1 after its General Availability to continue to remain supported under the Windows 8 lifecycle
Windows 8.1 Support Lifecycle Policy

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05 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/64-bit
 
 

Hmm, a separate support period you say? I guess MS is kind of treating Win8&8.1's updating like previous service packs.
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