Should I update to windows 8.1?

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Fin745

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Should I update to windows 8.1?

Post by Fin745 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 5:46 am

I’m on windows 7 and everything works fine, but with the ending support of windows 7 and since I do use my HTCP as also a normal PC,

Should I update to windows 8.1? I have both a license for windows 8.1 and the media center.

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Post by Scallica » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:13 pm

No, leave it alone! If you don't use your WMC PC for general internet use, the security risk is minimal.
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Post by Fin745 » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:49 pm

Scallica wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:13 pm
No, leave it alone! If you don't use your WMC PC for general internet use, the security risk is minimal.
Sorry if I wasn’t clear on my post, but I do use it also for “general internet use”.

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Post by Scallica » Sat Mar 30, 2019 7:59 pm

Fin745 wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:49 pm
Scallica wrote:
Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:13 pm
No, leave it alone! If you don't use your WMC PC for general internet use, the security risk is minimal.
Sorry if I wasn’t clear on my post, but I do use it also for “general internet use”.
Ah, I missed that part. I would still leave a working WMC system alone. I would buy another PC/laptop for general internet use.
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Post by dab2kab » Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:10 am

I run windows 8.1 for both WMC and for use as a day to day normal PC. It works well for this purpose and i think such a system can work well. That being said, ive learned over time with WMC, that if it isnt broke, dont try to fix it. What i would do is wait until your windows 7 install has an issue that you feel requires a reinstall or in the long term you have a needed program that drops support for windows 7 and when that happens upgrade to windows 8.1. As far as the security worries go on windows 7 post january 2020, honestly i think if you are computer savvy enough to setup up a reliable WMC machine and use it, you are unlikely to fall victim to most security threats that arise anyway.

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Post by jachin99 » Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:54 pm

I asked about windows update strategies here https://www.askwoody.com/ and chose to NOT install patches. The advice I read about after choosing my strategy essentially boiled down to not using adobe products, or IE. If you need adobe flash for web browsing then use chrome because its already built in. If not then firefox might be a better choice. I dont browse the web too much on my machines, and I dont view PDFs, or use them for email.

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