Today — Tuesday, June 10th — is the deadline day for consumers to move their original Windows 8.1 installations to Windows 8.1 Update 1. Upgrading to the free update, first released in early April, is the only way to continue receiving security and feature patches for Microsoft’s latest desktop operating system.
As part of Microsoft’s new rapid update strategy, the company wants to bring its customers up to the same baseline when planning for security patches and bug fixes. It therefore imposed a deadline after which customers on the initial version of Windows 8.1 would no longer receive security updates. That deadline for consumers was originally May 13th, but Microsoft pushed it back to June 10th following concern from customers.
Business customers are a different story, however. The testing and deployment demands of Microsoft’s business customers forced the company to set a later deadline — August 12th — for these users to get their Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 installations upgraded to Update 1.
Most consumers utilizing Windows’ Automatic Update feature likely already have Update 1. Those not using Automatic Updates, or those who want to make sure they’re running the latest version of Windows, can perform a manual software update by going to Control Panel > Windows Update > Check for Updates.
Of note, consumers and businesses running the original version of Windows 8 (not 8.1) are not required to update to Windows 8.1 Update 1. Windows 8 users will continue to receive security updates until January 2016.
Both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1 are free updates for all Windows 8 users. The updates can be obtained via Windows Update in the Control Panel or the PC Settings Metro interface. Those needing further guidance can visit Microsoft’s website for instructions and troubleshooting.