Windows 8.1 & Why you should update

Windows 8.1 Update: Why You Should Update Now


Following the mass of updates issued in June 2014, Microsoft issued six new computer updates with patches for all versions of Internet Explorer (IE) for all the Windows operating systems it supports at the beginning of July. According to experts in computer repair, Portland residents and others who use Windows should ensure the installation of the latest updates, especially if they have Windows 8.1.

Why the Updates Matter

Small business computer support often comes in the form of virus and malware eradication because of a security breach. In addition to being careful about the websites visited and email messages opened, installing an operating system’s security patches is critical to keeping the data on a computer safe.

Microsoft labeled two of the six July updates as “critical,” the highest threat level. Three are “important,” a step below “critical.” One update is “moderate.”

The “critical” updates will patch versions 6 through 11 of Internet Explorer, as well as IE6 on Windows Server 2003. The “important” and “moderate” updates include patches for all desktop and data center editions of Windows, including the Microsoft Service Bus for Windows Server.

Why Windows 8.1 Users Should Pay Attention

Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 required users to update their devices via the Windows Store. While the company offered its customers the choice to receive automatic updates, not everyone is onboard. If those using Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2 do not update their systems with the latest patches by August 12, 2014, they will not receive any future updates or security features. Computer repair experts share that Windows plans to roll out several updates in the future for Windows 8.1, which may require the installation of Update 1 and other updates issued in the past.

Before needing a costly computer repair, Springfield-area residents with Windows 8.1 or any other version of the operating system can ask contact us help them determine if they’re receiving automatic updates or have the critical updates installed. Rethink Associates will help you if you have any questions related to the latest updates or keeping your computer secure.