We reported earlier this week that Microsoft had finalized Windows 8.1 Update 1. The update is likely to be officially unveiled at the Build Conference in early April but the Redmond software giant has given no official date for a release. Most of the features in the release have been known from earlier leaks for some time now.
Links to download the final updates through Windows Update have been discovered. The updates can be downloaded via a registry change or directly downloading the patches. (Update: it appears the registry hack does not work anymore) It appears that these links are intended for internal Microsoft employees have been testing or “dogfooding” Windows 8.1 Update 1.
The files above with an asterisk (*) are optional. The correct order to install the files after they are downloaded is as follows: (fyi restart after installing each individual update)
1 KB2919442 Preparation Update
2 KB2939087 Preparation Update
3 KB2919355 Update 1 done
4 KB2932046 Supplement File
Some of the changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 include options to show Windows 8 apps on the desktop taskbar, the ability to see show the desktop taskbar above Windows 8-style apps, and a new title bar at the top of Windows 8 apps with options to minimize, close, or snap apps. Microsoft has also added a shutdown and search button to the start screen.
I have installed Windows 8.1 Update 1 myself following the instructions above, it’s a fairly straightforward if not slightly time consuming process. But I ran into no problems and everything is working fine on my end. Let us know how you like Windows 8.1 Update 1 in the comments below.
I would recommend waiting until the official release, but hell I have not even followed my own advice :p
We will have a mini-review of Windows 8.1 Update in the coming days.