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Windows 8 updates can be included in software updates and should be installed, even if you have not upgraded to 8.
I've been using Windows 7 since 2010. And I'll follow your advice about when to update to Windows 8. My problem is that the Revo Uninstaller program I paid for several months ago is now asking me to accept a Revo Update (for free, I assume) that is compatible with Windows 8. I asked Revo support my question, which they did not answer. Namely, should I accept that update while I'm still using Windows 7?
In this excerpt from Answercast #72, I look at why it's a good idea to accept Windows 8 updates for software packages, even if you are not yet running 8.
This actually applies to more software than just Revo Uninstaller, which by the way, I happen to recommend and use from time to time myself.
Many software packages are basically getting ready for Windows 8, even though we're not already using Windows 8 in most cases.
In almost all cases the right thing to do is go ahead and accept the update. Basically, it's just another update that probably fixes a few problems - and by the way, makes the program run with Windows 8.
If it's running on Windows 7, that's fine. That part of the update won't bother you, it won't get in your way. It's the other stuff that's maybe coming with it.
Normally, these kinds of updates include more than just one major fix or one major thing. On top of that, it may be that the software will require that this update be in place before future updates are applied. Those future updates may be fixing more things than just Windows 8 compatibility.
So, the bottom line, the simple line is to go ahead and accept the updates - even if they appear to be something that's specific for Windows 8.
Even if you're running Windows 7, or Vista, or XP, keeping the software as
up to date as possible in general is the safest thing - and my
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