Microsoft Testing Automatic Update to Fix Windows 8.1 Upgrade Woes

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Techrocket9

I wonder if this will finally let you install the 8.1 update on machines that have their boot files and User Profiles folders on different drives...

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jbitzer

Me too.

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Renegade Knight

My Thinkpad Tablet 2 hasn't upgraded yet. I don't even get the option.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Was the problem that the update was broken by layer upon layer of intrusive DRM?

I'm entirely happy with my fix: DON'T USE WINDOWS 8!

There is NOTHING they can do to convince me to switch from Windows XP and 7. If Windows 9 also has metro or a crippled UI, I'll skip that, too.

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fung0

Much as I dislike Windows 8, I think this is actually a symptom of a deeper problem. Microsoft has complicated the Windows ecosystem to the point that even a simple update becomes a convoluted nightmare that its own best minds cannot unravel.

Marketing madness drove Microsoft to integrate IE into Windows, when the logic of clean, modular design was clearly against the idea. Since then, we've had a succession of new layers, UIs, APIs and DRM schemes - PMP, WGA, WinRT, Metro and cloud-based accounts. Each of these has made Windows more of an effort to work with and maintain. Together, their negative synergy makes Windows the most opaque and intractable OS ever.

I had to install a rescue disc to service a friend's PC a couple of months back, and was astounded at how much easier Linux is to work with than Windows. Not because Linux has improved (although it certainly has), but because Windows has gotten unbelievably worse.

Microsoft needs to stop dreaming about customer lock-in through obscurity, and realize that market dominance will come a lot more easily through transparent, open design.

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Mikey109105

I don't care if they update it a million times. As long as it has anything to do with metro, whether you can turn it off or not, I will not touch it! I'll keep my Windows 7 install, thank you very much!

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sotoa

I have one PC at work that refuses to update. It did flash about the update a couple of times, but at the wrong time. When trying to find the update, it errors out or something. This desktop is on Wifi and I have not had the time to lug it to a wire to try it hardwired. Maybe this "fix" will spare my back from lifting this big desktop around to a wire ;)

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Bullwinkle J Moose

That might be exhibit A in the update train wreck but let's follow along shall we?

Microsoft TechNet blog makes clear that Windows 8.1 will not be patched; users must get Windows 8.1 Update if they want security patches

Once you finally do update to 8.1, does Maximum PC or anyone else have a clue as to why you can no longer get updates to 8.1 without getting the 8.1 update?

Once you update to 8.1, support ends immediatly unless you get the 8.1 update (remember, upgrading to 8.1 and the 8.1 update are two separate updates)

What was the reason?

Is this just to force you onto a common codebase going forward?

Or is there another reason for forcing that latest update on everyone?

Tinfoil hat standing by and ready....

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jbitzer

It's obvious. The answer is aliens, obviously.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

I KNEW IT!

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LatiosXT

You'd think they'd deploy 8.1 and Update 1 (which I've had issues with before) like an SP...

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Innomasta

The vast majority of users who tried to upgrade and couldn't simply didn't have all their available windows updates downloaded. I'm assuming this fix will auto install available updates before attempting upgrade?