Microsoft Re-releasing Windows 8.1 August Update To Users

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Last month, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that included the following new features and improvements:

  • Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag.
  • Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver.
  • Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.

While many of us had no issues after downloading and installing it, some users reported blue screen of death, system instability and few others. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and removed the download links. Microsoft even also offered guide to fix those issues by uninstalling few updates.

Microsoft has now finally fixed the issue and re-releasing the updates to customers. They provided the following update regarding this issue on Windows blog,

UPDATE September 2nd: On August 15th, as soon as we became aware of a small number of customers experiencing problems with the August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2975719), we immediately investigated and pulled the problematic update making it unavailable to download. Today, we are re-releasing this update with fixes for these known issues.

Customers who have already installed the original update that was released on August 12, 2014, and who may have experienced an issue, can read this KB article that details instructions on how to resolve the issue before the new updates will install automatically. Customers with Windows Updates enabled, and who have selected to receive optional updates automatically, do not need to take any action.

Customers who have not selected to receive optional updates automatically, will need to go to Windows Update to install it.

Source: Microsoft

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  • kenzolorenzo

    What are the other 2 updates that downloaded but weren’t listed. KB2993100 & KB2979582