Microsoft to no longer support Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

Microsoft recently released a new series of small updates that compile to create a new baseline for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 users. Regular Windows updates are nothing new to most users, however there is something particularly important about this round.

Many user rejoiced when Microsoft brought back the start button, however were still left a little underwhelmed with the seemingly over complicated start screen with tiles everywhere. The new round of updates coming out will bring back the much loved start menu reminiscent of Windows XP through 7, which is great news for many. But don’t take too long to install the latest updates if you are running Windows 8.1 or Server 2012. You have exactly 30 days from the patch release to install it before your computer will stop accepting new updates.

In a move that many businesses have slammed as an almost impossible timeframe, Microsoft have stated that Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 computers must update to the new “Baseline” update level to continue receiving future security and patch updates. Since the update was released on the 16th April, that gives users less than 30 days from the date of this article to update their computers. Thankfully for IT professionals managing networks with large desktop fleets, they have been given an extended support window to August 2014.

Bottom line for consumers however, update now, or be left behind. A move we do not support, but have no choice but to adhere to.

Chris Herbert is a self confessed nerd and an expert in the field of small to medium business IT solutions. With experience ranging from small IT integrators to large multi-national enterprise, he has a wide breadth of knowledge in the information technology industry.

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