windows 8.1

Microsoft has now re-released the "August Update" for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 after fixing some bugs that were reported by a few PC users after the files were first made available on August 12.

Microsoft pulled the update from circulation a few days later but today the company confirmed the files are now available again. It added:

"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."

Here's a quick reminder of what Microsoft added to Windows 8.1 with the August update:

  • 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.

What do you think of Microsoft's efforts to solve these problems with the Windows 8.1 August update?

Source: Windows blog