Windows 8.1 users must download Update 1 to keep getting future patches
Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Update 1 in April, but if you have yet to install it you won't be able to get the patches that are scheduled for release today and in the future for the OS.
Microsoft was going to cut off future patches to Windows 8.1 immediately after Update 1 was released, but after receiving feedback from users, the company decided to delay that move and allowed users who had not installed Update 1 to download the patches released in May. However, that grace period is officially over.
According to a Microsoft spokesperson:
Windows 8.1 Update 1 offers users a number of improvements, especially for old fashioned mouse and keyboard desktop operators who want to navigate the Modern UI. Microsoft is rumored to have a second large feature update for Windows 8.1 in the works for a launch later this fall but so far the company has not confirmed those reports.
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well I had more problems with some Adobe updates than Win8.1, where the only failed update I have had in all my computers was me stopping AMD driver from downloading from windows update, because I had the drivers so I didn't need it ;3.
so yeah I believe the updating problems from 8.0 to 8.1 are just people installing crap and then thinking some software won't break their windows machines.
You can install it manually too follow these steps http://mobile.extremetech.com/latest/221065-how-to-download-and-install-...
just look how people complain about the new Cloud stuff, for example Adobe CC... do you think people is happy about photoshop or illustrator or worse, Premiere or After effects updating by themselves without you controlling it too much? of course not! because you can risk something going wrong ni the middle of the project.
with windwos is the same, what if it updates automatically and it breaks software? your company software? your designing software, call it 3dsmax, Photoshop, lightwave, zbrush or whatever?
you can't just expect that... yeah with normal updates sometimes they are problems, but when it's a greater update like 8.1.1 over 8.1 and then 8.1 over 8.0, it's more likely to happen more compatibility problems. so while it would be nice if Windows was used only for consumers and you could just update... Microsoft can't risk to ruin other people who don't use Windows only as a consume OS. and Google Chrome is still not the best example for your point, but oh well.