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Microsoft says goodbye to XP by releasing Windows 8.1 update

Although Windows 8.1 users will only have a few weeks to install the update if they want to receive future security updates.

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THE SAME DAY it turned off support for XP, Microsoft released its update for Windows 8.1, addressing some of the problems the previous version had.

The update brings a number of changes geared towards keyboard and mouse users, after originally being designed for touchscreens, such as a constantly visible taskbar on both the traditional and app screens.

Although there is one small catch for those 8.1 users who aren’t too keen on updating. In its release notes, Microsoft announced that users have a few weeks to install it or they will no longer receive future patches starting in May.

Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014.

What that means if you have Windows 8.1 but don’t like the update, you’re out of luck as it’s the only way you will receive the usual security updates Microsoft rolls out.

The update only applies to those who already have Windows 8.1, but considering the positive reception the update has received, pushing it mightn’t be a bad thing.

Those who are using Windows 8 and are upgrading will be able to move to the new 8.1 update directly while those who continue to use Windows Vista, 7 and 8 will still receive the usual security updates.

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