Microsoft Removes Windows 8.1 August Update Download Links Due To Issues, Offers Guide To Uninstall Updates

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Earlier this week, Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 August Update that include 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 today acknowledged the issue and removed the download links. Microsoft has also offered guide to fix those issues by uninstalling few updates.

Known issue 1
After you install this security update, fonts that are installed in a location other than the default fonts directory (%windir%\fonts\) cannot be changed when they are loaded into any active session. Attempts to change, replace, or delete these fonts will be blocked, and a “File in use” message will be presented.

Known issue 2
Microsoft is investigating behavior in which fonts do not render correctly after any of the following updates are installed

Known issue 3
Microsoft is investigating behavior in which systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after any of the following updates are installed:

Find the detailed instructions here.



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  • Ben Chia

    ah.. I am affected by the font flicking as I type in the web page. Not sure if it is related to any of the above mentioned issues.

  • Emi the Strange

    Apparently I don’t have any of these issues, so it’s all good here. but it’s always good to know the issues to test them and see how it goes.

  • Laura Jason

    I followed the steps from the link and it resolved my issues with Windows 8 http://microsoftchatsupport.com/Error+Code+80070003+-+Windows+update+.html

  • Iain Simpson

    what about the persistent menu bar, even in modern apps???