Critical Deadline Approaching for Windows 8.1 Users


Too late

This is a warning to users of Windows 8.1.  If you didn’t get the huge update for 8.1 in April, you only have until June 10 to do so.  For business users, the deadline is in August.  Otherwise you’ll be cut off from getting security patches and other updates for 8.1.  You need to get your update or you won’t get anymore.

I don’t understand why Microsoft would want to deny access to updates by deadline.  This does not seem a way to win friends and reassure new and already wary users to appreciate Windows 8.1 or Microsoft in general, but there you have it.

Windows 8 was a vast and generally disliked or misunderstood departure from popular and well-received Windows 7. Many users were lost in the new operating system, spending what should have productive hours on a learning curve they seemed to resent.  The return of the start button in 8.1 was warmly received as a possible fix to the learning curve problem, yet adding a deadline with punitive consequences seems a bit draconian.  Especially since many users, in my experience as a tech and owner of Ducktoes, a computer repair company, don’t really understand what updates are for and why they need them and may miss the deadline out of lack of knowledge.  Banning them from future updates and from the very start button in 8.1 that these users want, doesn’t seem like an endearing promotion of Microsoft products.

Also I don’t know what happens to people who buy a Windows 8 machine after the deadline.  Will they be barred from getting the update too?

For more info, read this PC World article or this from Microsoft.

For help with your updates for 8.1, visit Ducktoes our computer repair website or shop in Calgary.

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Coming Soon to a Desktop Near You, the Start Menu

Hey all of you haters of Windows 8, pining for your start menu, guess what? Microsoft has listened. The big date for the return of the Start Menu is April 8th. Notoriously missing from previous versions of Windows 8, it will coming on that date as an update. The start menu will be an update to the 8.1 update which you should already have if your computer has been updating normally.

Here’s is Windows 8 without a start menu (this is only a guess at what it will look like):

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And with the start menu:

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All along at Ducktoes we’ve been giving clients who were confused or unhappy with Windows 8, the “classic shell,” which is a third-party application that creates a start menu within in Windows 8.  We’ve been installing it on all new computers for clients who requested it.  Now “the classic shell” will no longer be necessary, as this latest update will install a start menu within Windows operating system itself.

I can’t wait. Ducktoes clients will be taking to the streets dancing in joy. There will be parades, fireworks, and celebrations everywhere. Well, okay, perhaps not, but many will certainly be smiling and laughing on April 8th.

A photo of large purplish-pink firework or a cityscape at night.

I hope that the new Start Menu is everything we expect it. We shall soon see.

Now if only they’d bring back Outlook Express, which my clients always ask for when they have to give up Windows XP.  Or what if they’d make a new operating system a modern Windows XP and call it Windows XP 2015?  Everyone would adore that.

If you need help with Windows updates so you can get a start menu on April 8th, just drop by the shop.  We can also do it remotely with our remote computer support.

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