Another site that is essentially sleeping on this issue:
Are there workarounds?
Probably, but none of them are what you’d call convenient. You might be able to create a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installation image with the latest security and feature updates. You still won’t be able to update, but at least you’ll have all of the updated software and security fixes current to the day you install the operating system. Alternately, if you have a second system that’s built on a similar CPU or platform, you may be able to install your HDD or SSD into that rig, boot the OS up, and then patch it. The disadvantage to this is that you’ll be stuck moving your OS drive into another computer on a regular basis.
There’s a third possibility: Enterprising users may wind up distributing home-rolled “service packs” with cracked installers to update a system. This might seem as if it fixes the problem altogether, and the Windows user community has certainly rallied before to create alternate OS versions or unofficial service packs. The problem is, there are always cases where Microsoft doesn’t give you a patch because your system, specifically, doesn’t need it. Installing OS updates that your system doesn’t need can be as problematic as installing those it does. Cracked, unofficial service packs are also a lovely way to infect machines with malware.
I mean, I wouldn't even want them to mention WSUS Offline Updater, but at least Microsoft's own Catalog site as it's mentioned and linked to by Microsoft itself in the security only updates. Nobody on these tech sites remembers how you patched Windows 95, for example? You went to Microsoft's site, downloaded the patch and installed it yourself. Or you bought a computer magazine with a CD-ROM that had the latest patches and installed from there. Even today, have these people never downloaded a standalone Windows component from Microsoft's site? Never read or wrote a story about it? Never thought about it?
I mean, I sympathise with the idea that this is a bad move by Microsoft, especially when it comes to Windows 8.1, which is still under mainstream support, I've said it many times, but these sites keep focusing on that and offering zero actual and practical solutions that actually exist that are right there for anyone willing to read.Edited by tpi2007 - 4/14/17 at 9:47am