Microsoft: Apply Windows 8.1 update within 5 weeks or forget about future updates

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Microsoft has announced that its Windows 8.1 users have exactly 5 weeks from today to apply Windows 8.1 Update as failure to do so will prevent them from applying any future updates to their systems.

Microsoft notes that the update is required to keep Windows 8.1 devices current and “Failure to install this Update will prevent Windows Update from patching your system with any future updates starting with Updates released in May 2014.”

The move, which seems to be one of the toughest stances from Microsoft regarding its service packs, is said to be in line with servicing baseline of Windows 8.1. Microsoft stressed in its Springboard Series Blog the Windows 8.1 Update is “the new servicing baseline for Windows 8.1, so next month’s security updates (on May 13th, the next “patch Tuesday”) will be dependent on Windows 8.1 Update.”

Windows 8 RTM users will not able to be able to apply the update directly and they will have to go about doing a two-step upgrade – from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and then apply the Windows 8.1 update.