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Microsoft Extends Windows 8.1 Update Install Deadline

Consumers have one more month to install Windows 8.1 Update and ensure that they continue to receive support for future updates.

Microsoft initially gave consumer users until May 13 to install Windows 8.1 Update, or else face losing future update support. On Monday, Microsoft announced that it had pushed that deadline out to June 10, indicating that it was doing so to help ensure the safety of Windows 8.1 users.

Microsoft had similarly relaxed its 30-day install deadline for the Windows 8.1 Update for organizations. It set a new Aug. 12 deadline for companies to install the update. Ostensibly, that extension was made, in part, because of a problem associated with the Windows Server Update Services. However, many organizations may be pressed to keep up with Microsoft's faster release cycle, even with the install extension.

This update release reflects a changed policy by Microsoft. The update doesn't just address user feedback requests but it also includes some new OS features. Applying the update also sets a new "service baseline" for a machine. If the update doesn't get installed on a Windows 8.1 machine by the deadline, then that machine won't get future updates from Microsoft.

This update release was a little different, as well, in requiring that a so-called "servicing-stack update" be installed first. That precondition is described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB 2919442. The actual Windows 8.1 Update itself goes by the Knowledge Base article name of "KB 2919355."

Based on user comments in Microsoft's support pages, the installation of the Windows 8.1 Update hasn't proceeded smoothly for many individuals and organizations. For those users with Windows Update turned on, the update may already be installed, as Microsoft describes at this Windows 8.1 Update page. The page lists some errors that users might encounter when trying to install the update, but it's a fairly short list. Plenty more problems are described in Microsoft's community support forums here.

Installation problems associated with the Windows 8.1 Update have been tracked early on since its release in early April. Microsoft's subsequent fixes for those problems may have just generated even more error codes. At least that's the view of an InfoWorld article that has tracked the problems. Microsoft is attempting a faster software release cycle as part of its new approach, announced last June, but it's been a bumpy road.

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Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.