We’re a few short weeks away from Microsoft rolling out Update 1 for Windows 8.1. The update comes to your tablet, laptop and desktop in order to make Windows 8.1 a little friendlier for users that heavily rely on mice and keyboards. April’s Patch Tuesday, April 8th, is the expected day for when regular folk will get the update. But you’re not regular and if you want it, you can get it today. Window 8.1 Update 1 has apparently been accidently leaked by Microsoft.
Microsoft made the update inadvertently available through its own Windows Update service. You’ll need to apply a few patches before, but the update is yours for the taking. Update 1 is available through either direct links or registry changes on your current machine. Not sure what that means? Then you probably shouldn’t be updating this way to begin with.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 will improve integration between apps and the desktop. You’ll be able to navigate the operating system better with a mouse and keyboard. Devices without a touchscreen will have extra context menus in apps and an auto-hiding taskbar. The Photos and Xbox Music apps aren’t default for photos or media either. Instead desktop users will have Windows Photo Viewer and Windows Media Player as default. SkyDrive has been rebranding to OneDrive and more.
The update will be free when it comes out in a few weeks. Impatient? Hit up the links below. Let us know if you plan on updating.
Update: We have received reports that Microsoft has removed the Windows 8.1 Update 1 image from their Windows Update service. Before Microsoft took action, the image was copied to third party servers and can be found on the web if you still do not want to wait for April 8.