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Windows 8.1 Spring Update now rolling out globally

Today, Microsoft has kicked off the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1, the highly anticipated release for the desktop operating system and RT devices like the Surface 2. What makes this update special to consumers is the vast array of improvements implemented for mouse and keyboard users.

Windows 8 was a major step forward for touch, introducing numerous Windows-based tablets, but it’s time the classic peripheral setup received some much needed attention. If you're rocking Windows 8 and/or Windows 8.1, be sure to check the store and/or system updates to see if it’s available in your region.

Do you require some a refresher as to what's new in this version of Windows 8.1? Check the below video or this blog post from Microsoft:

As noted above, the release isn't available everywhere just yet (we weren't able to locate it here in the UK), so be patient and let us know in the comments if you have received Update 1 already.

Source: Microsoft (opens in new tab)

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

297 Comments
  • Yayyy
  • Got it in the UK! Yay!
  • Ready to roll in CT (USA)
    Edit: Just wanted to add that Office also updated on RT
    Edit 2: Just installed. Mouse controls are definitely better. Touch stays unaffected but responsive on Surface RT.
    Edit 3: Has anyone noticed changing icons in taskbar depending on which folder or page you are on in an app? Example would be clicking different folders and drives in Explorer changes the icon in the taskbar. It's like a quick "Glance Tile/icon".
  • As far as I know, windows 8.1 explorer has always changed the icon in the taskbar.
  • Downloading in Indonesia
  • Just got it here in Australia
  • And to remove Boot to desktop,,, right click on desktop toolbar, choose Properties, then choose the navigation tab, then uncheck the first box under Start Screen. Apply then Reboot.
  • does anyone know how to use the metro apps on the desktop?? and most of the metro apps i open now (fb, store, twitter, bing) doesnt seem to have a minimize button but only an 'X' button on the top right. is there an option that i have to check/uncheck?
  • I usually run my metro apps side by side with my desktop. Just drag in and slide to resize.
  • Running Metro apps in a window on the desktop is coming in a later update. This feature was announced and shown at Build. MS said it was coming later this year.
  • Not true. It this update. I just installed the update and it's there. This was also confirmed earlier that it was this update...
  • Wrong. I also have this update. You cannot use the metro apps in a windowed mode on the desktop in this update. You can only snap them like you always could. The windowed mode plus the new start menu are coming in a later update.
  • Open start menu, right click an app and choose the option you want to use.
  • So I expect WP 8.1 tomorrow?
  • What? How does logic work in your world? lol
  • Maybe. I would personally love to see that happen from someone like MS who is usually not good with surprises.
  • Indians. ;)
  • I'm sorry, this sort of behavior should not be tolerated. Overtly racist stereotypes? NOT on.
  • Absolutely correct. But more importantly, WP fans. And this, my friend, is WPCentral, not...some kind of "show-them-their-position-central". Sweet you. :)
  • Don't you dare say that!
  • What are you? Shame of a human race? :-\
  • Everytime Microsoft tries to surprise customers, people start complaining that they don't listen to customers. Surprises work for Apple. For a comapny that has a large amount of enterprise customers, surprises aren't good.
  • Well MS wants to unify everything, why not unify OS update cycles? They got the same name already(almost), so why not sync up update times? The only reason not to do it is to get more press and publicity attention, that's why they didn't release any update at build, smart move
  • you know when you said that i thought about femals and thier periods o.o
  • Well your life is fucked up then or you're female but you don't know it yet... Second option seems viable..
  • Updating OS cycles is happening. But Phone, which has to go through carriers and OEMs, is a bit different for updates than say your PC, which requires no such process. Shoot, if updates come out in the same quarter that is still syncing. Doesn't mean it has to be the same day.
  • Oh, i forgot good ol' carriers In my country it isn't a problem but in US it's a disaster
  • fo the pirated ones get it tooo ....hate to be that guy
  • Pirated WP8.1?
  • @Daniel Rubino, what is Microsoft's stance on updating Windows Phone without carrier's intervention (like how Apple rolls the ball)? Have you heard about their future plans regarding this matter in conference (or from sources)? Please revert. 8-)
  • MS can't afford doing that, it would be a suicide WP simply isn't popular enough to get balsy against carriers
  • Microsoft gave the ability to update without the carriers through the developer preview program. Without it my Lumia 810 would never have seen GDR3.
  • Daniel. How does this affect tablets with cell support then?
  • thats where apple will always have an advantage... they update iphones 3, 4 or even 5 times in a year.... no carrier bull...  
  • It doesn't HAVE to. They just make us put up with that malarkey for some damn reason. If I were them, I'd give the carriers a big middle finger and update whenever. As a user, I could care less what the radio waves think of my data. It would be like caring if the water company likes me making tea with their water, it's not their business.
  • And if it comes tomorrow Daniel would u gift me a cortanan tshirt?
  • I will give you a thousand dollars and a Cortana shirt if it comes tomorrow.
  • #cortanacashhaveawesome
  • How about a touch screen monitor instead of the thousand dollars? Should save you like $600!
  • This is a Warren Buffet type of bet, "I will give you a billion dollars when you make pigs fly". Hint: It's not gonna happen.
    Nothing like a sure thing.
  • if i say it comes out today can i get a million??? no need for the shirt:)
  • He lives from the past. He will open his computer tomorrow.
  • If it is so Important to you you can download and install the update. It is available in six downloadable patches. It was on official microsoft website till yesterday but they have removed it now.Some tech sites have already downloaded and uploaded mirrors. you can get it if you really need it.
  • He's talking about the phone update.
  • Daniel I feel you. I'm dying over here lol
  • LOL
  • I know Windows and Windows Phone are getting united... But not certainly to that extent..! Windows 8 receives update today and tomorrow you are expecting Windows Phone's update?? Naah!
  • I thot wp 8.1 rolling out. Godd.
  • Didn't thumbnail picture already give out that it's an update for pc....?
  • I so wished it was WhatsApp update
  • +1520 we really need that update.
  • What we need is a WPCentral Windows 8 app update. There is currently no way to get email notifications to people replying to us when we right a comment using the Windows 8 app, so everytime I write a comment I first have to get my phone or go to the website to make sure I'm notified if someone replies to my comment. Oh, and... what's wrong with Whatsapp? Everything works fine on my side. It has all the same features as my friends' Whatsapp on iPhone, and it's much nicer to look at! Oh, and... I wrote this comment using the Windows 8 WPCentral app, so I won't get notified if I get a reply, so no need to answer my question...
  • Available in Sweden, installing right now!
  • Yup, checked in the morning and nothing. Woke up now, checked my beloved Surface 2 and the update was there, waiting for me. Along with a bunch other updates.
  • Not for me in Sweden
  • I sm in the UK and I just got it..... Well it says 8.1 on the download list.
  • Not yet in the India , but I do received patch Tuesday updates.
  • I have got it in india.
  • Wp8.1 on?????????
  • Some say 10th some say 14th
  • ...on the day Microsoft flips the switch, correct.
  • Is the UX team still coding? Any update? Can't wait...
  • that's not how coding works bro! Its done days/weeks ago :)
  • Wpcentral said the core team is finished, but 8.1 has not gone RTM yet due to UX team ironing out some bugs.
  • Why the firmware update are only OTA(over the air)?... In olden days we update our symbian Nokia phones by two ways: OTA and OTI (over the internet via Nokia Suite). There are so many people who doesn't have any free WiFi hotspots nearby here in India, and also the Updates will not download via Cellular Data connection, then how should we Update our phones? OTI method is best update option for us.
  • Not yet in the Netherlands :(
  • Downloading right now on my Dutch Surface 2 About 870 mb.
  • I'm looking for customizable old classic Start Button with live tiles?... where is it...???
  • In Windows 9.
  • Does it have any extra advantages for Surface Pro users or is this just mainly adding mouse and keyboard support?
  • We'll still get a power button and search by our username for quick and easy search/power off.
  • Is Germany out?
    I won't have any time to test for few hours more.
  • yes
  • From FIFA 2014? Not yet.. Spanish and Brazilians are ready for y'all. Nonetheless, its gonna be F.U.N   :D BTW, Microsoft's updates are normally rollout on Tuesday and takes few hours to reach all regions (Wednesday max and it would be available worldwide).
  • Downloading now. US. Texas.
  • How do you have it and I don't and I'm in the same state? lol
  • Evil magic. It showed up on my Surface RT, but on on either install of 8.1 on big computers, so clearly a dark wizard is at work.
  • How? Windows Store or Update?
  • Update. Windows Update. Not store.
  • Is this the same update that leaked a couple weeks ago that people downloaded the KB files?
  • In uk but not got it yet
  • Just got it in the UK now
  • What is the size of update...??
  • I too am interested in this information.
  • I need because I am using my limited data plan.. And WiFi is not working on my PC.
  • I don't know if I'm missing something, but on my side it says it's about 30 megs... maybe not all the updates are showing yet I don't know...
  • Actually, there was a couple of updates (30 megs) to do before the real update. The real update is over 800 megs...
  • How to update? I have to wait for it to show in store?
  • Windows update not store
  • Not for Belgium, through other Patch Tuesday updates are available already.
  • Also for Surface RT1?
  • I'm wondering the same thing.
  • It should be. I downloaded the individual files for RT a while ago and installed them on my Lumia 2520. It works fine on my tablet.
  • yep. i have it on my RT1
  • Got all 5 updates, they're installed, and nothing happened. Not one of the new functions. Any help?
  • Yeah uh you got the regular patch tuesday updates not the Update 1.
  • Same thing happened to me on my Venue Pro and two laptops.  People on neowin are saying the same thing.
  • Doesn't seem like it's actually available yet. Just updated my Surface Pro 2, HTPC and Steam Box... none of them got anything new (In the US).
  • After doing the standard updates go back in updates, search for updates again. It will find it but you need to click on details to manually select it.
  • Same for me. I got a bunch of regular patch updates, but not the one we're all waiting for (KB2919355). I've tried checking manually several times since the reboot, but nothing yet.
  • lol, at 7 pm (German Time) I tried to search for new update since this is the 10 am PT here and got a bunch of updates including some for Windows 8.1 thought the Spring Update would be also there, but lol, nothing was kinda surprised after my PC restarted and nothing seems to be changed...
  • same here in the UK, currently 'installing' on my Surface 2 but my Acer laptop recieved a bunch of updates and like you said, nothing changed.. its exactly the same. Does this mean that Update 1 is still out there then? i didnt see any specific mention in the updates aside from what i normally see, a bunch of security updates. also the update history doesnt include those i just installed...hmmm. Edit: MJ Foley just tweeted that what we appear to be seeing is the regular patch Tues updates and NOT Update 1... must be en route soon. Confusing!
  • Yeah, read that tweet too. But really, they should have included the Spring Update too into this normal Patch Tuseday. Hope we don't have to wait until tomorrow to get the Update.
    Edit: Wow, after 1h 30min, the Update is in the Windows Update~ Can't beleive it. ^^
  • Go back in the updates section and click on search for updates. It'll find it. You then need to manually select it. I guess since it's 800 megs they didn't want it to install automatically or some people would have been mad.
  • My update session was 1080mb or so
  • What's the update called?
  • Update
  • Update 1
  • Ok...I just got almost 1GB worth of updates...yet Update 1 wasn't in it. I'm usinging Windows 8.1 Pro 64bits. So, I guess they also issued a bunch of patch updates too before sending 8.1 U1? And I'm pretty sure I wasn't behind on updates since I checked for updates 3 hours ago and nothing showed up.
  • What type of computer are you using? My Surface Pro did the same thing...
  • Yeah same here ....just happend the exact same thing with me...
  • There was a large patch, didn't see if it was for office 2013 or win8
  • Installing final update now in Atlanta on my S2
  • I can see many new updates in Windows update section, Including Office 2013 too. :). INDIA
  • Mouse seems fas...
  • will it some to the not so genuine ones also........... pirated ones..?
  • Why would you use a pirated version?
  • Why not use one...? Not everyone can afford say 100 $ for a piece of software
  • Hmmm... I don't know maybe because it's stealing
  • The way I see it some guy uploaded it on the internet and I am just making the most of my internet connection...
  • Lol, that's one way of looking at it..
  • Do you realise how much money software companies like MS loses because of people like you?
  • Dude chill the world had more things to worry about than piracy.... Besides in 6 months when I do go into the IT field I will get a genuine one, no worries till then though I will make the most of those websites.... M$ has the enterprise market to make money.... Back to the question will we be able to get the update or not....?
  • Not much at all, actually.   That said, there's no fucking excuse to have not bought 8.0 when it was $40 the other year.
  • ...because it's illegal....
  • Should have bought 8.0 when it was $40.
  • Oh this guy again.... He's obsessed with piracy.
  • 5 regular Tuesday updates, but no Spring update yet in Hungary.
  • Wp8.1 update please, make it,fast
  • Yay!
  • got a bunch of other updates, but no update 1. Dutchland.
  • w8ing wp 8.1))  
  • Installed it but there must be some serious problems with this update because I can't see anything from those update 1 changes on my PC. I don't have any of them. I can't see e.g. the shutdown button on the top-right corner of the start screen. I've no idea what have happend. Can anybody help me or have same problems?
  • I can help you. Just wait for the Update to come. What you have installed is just bunch of regular security updates. :D
  • XP+8.1. Dual boot dual feelings.
  • It's 11:30 PM in India and no update has been detected yet except some office 2013 and IE flash update
  • I saw a whole bunch if updates which I assumed were part of 'Update 1'. I installed them, my laptop rebooted, but I don't see any of the new features! Checked for updates again and there's nothing new! I clearly don't have 'Update 1' yet. Anyone else get sold a dummy?
  • See my message above. I have probably the same problem as you have MarkTurbo.
  • See my reply above... ;)
  • I did all the first batch but I just got another update that is taking a long time to download and install. hopefully this could be update 1. I am in the Uk. fingers crossed.
  • I kept checking again and persistence paid off. The real 'Update' appeared and it is now installed! :-)
  • I just checked an hour back and there weren't any updates. I rechecked once again a few minutes back and I got a bulk of updates, 5 for W8.1 and the remaining for MS Office 2013. Looks like India will get Update 1 tomorrow as its already 11:40 PM (IST) here.
  • I thought the same updated and thought it was 8.1.1 but clearly it is only patch tuesday updates without 8.1.1. Hope they release it today.
  • Its not. Touch stayed the same.
  • I totally agree. I didn't need or want these "improvements". But MS announced that if you had 8.1 installed, you have to install this update or you will not get any future security update. Luckily, I was able to turn off boot to desktop, show AP in task bar, re-unable the side AP task bar. It was a pain to do. But I got it done. Now if I can figure out how to get rid of the stupid title bar. This update sucks, it's a major step backwards.
  • The problem is, if you don't install it, you won't get any future security update if you installed 8.1. That really sucks. For the most part I got it to behave almost like pre-update.
  • The menus added to the start screen look like... Well, like discarded bodily tissues. Dried, shriveled and horrid, cut off from the healthy body and left to rot. Whoever thought of mixing the bland desktop style menus with Metro needs psychotherapy.
  • just installed it and yeah big dissapointment the way MS is giving in to dumb consumer demands. i hate how i can't no longer put my mouse at the top of the app, drag down and close. and the right click menu on the start screen is pretty ugly. argh!
  • Us wp users are still w8ting :P
  • No luck in Czech Republic yet, only W8.1 security and Office updates...
  • I downloaded it yesterday. Pft whateva.
  • Whatta barnacle? 1:30pm Central time and nothing yet!!!!
  • My wife's Surface RT is getting the update... but my SP2 and laptop did not get it.... will  commandeer at her Surface to get a look at it. ;)
  • Can't seem to edit my post... Its back.... downloading now on my SP2 and laptop. :)
  • No update US Maine.
  • Almost done installing, can't wait to check it out.
  • Downloading on Surface 2, but my desktop Windows 8 Pro not detecting any update :-)
  • try restart your pc :)
  • Today is also the day that Mars, the Sun and Earth ate aligned. The 14th is when Mars and the Earth are at their closest.. Coincidence????
  • Yep. :)
  • Installing now, Georgia US
  • Are the first Gen Surface RT and Pro included in this update?
  • yep :)
  • does it have start menu ? or we have to wait for that update ?
  • No start menu, the start menu is f*ck'n retarded, go back to the 90s, its people that want the start menu back that are slowing down the progress of technology.
  • well not everybody has latest touch hardware and ready to accept changes. I saw some screenshots new start menu looked very nice ...
  • And some makers are supply win8 on none touch laptops
  • 12:06 AM in India and I'm able to download the Windows 8.1 Update 1 887.6 MB in total :)
  • I m not getting it! What kind of pc have?
  • got the update! windows 8.1 pro 64 bits. (Malaysia here) Windows 8.1 Update for x64-based Systems (KB2919355) Download size: 887.6 MB You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect. Update type: Important Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative set of security updates, critical updates and updates. You must install Windows 8.1 Update to ensure that your computer can continue to receive future Windows Updates, including security updates. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.  
  • just got the update in austria . downloading right now :) 887.6mb in windows update ..
  • Installing manually from Microsoft Download centre. Not available yet via Windows Update.
  • Just a question do I have to get the Windows 8.1 Update first and then this or can I directly update from Windows8 to Windows 8.1.1 Thanks in Advance :)
  • Need to do the two-step, ie "8.0" to "8.1", and then "8.1" to "8.1 update 1".
  • It's downloadable in St Louis.
  • Updating Cali :)
  • Same here!!!!!!! 887.6 mb!!!!!!!!!
  • Awesome update for us mouser's :)
  • downloading as we speak
  • In US, you have to click "view details" and check the Update 1 because it's not automatically checked with regular patch Tuesday
  • Thank you, this is just what was needed.  Downloading now in FL.
  • England - Downloading 8.1 update along with 26 others to my Surface Pro 2 - can't wait to see it!
  • Via MaryJoFoley Tweet per MS: 'Beginning at 10am PST (USA), you can manually force Win 8.1 Update (KB2919355) through the Control Panel..' Tried it and received the Win 8.1 Update ....Westcoast, USA...:)
  • you may need to restart your pc after installed the thuesday patches to get update 1. and check in the update details if all updates are checked. on my surface it wasnt
  • Available in India now!
  • Available in Romania also. Seems that servers are somehow overwhelmed. Updated, restarting.
  • Awesome update. Love my pc more now :D
  • Available now here in Ireland!!
  • Available in south Africa about 900mb
  • Has yet to show up for me in CT... :-/ Opps! There it is! :-)
  • Ready for download here in Finland
  • Finally!
  • California is announcing that we have updated.
  • Update shows for me in the UK, but it been set as 0% download for past 10mins
  • Took a while for me as well but it does download.
  • got in india, done installing.. some kb####4355... got d new stuff.. direct boot to desktop.. n windows store looks diff.. i dunno wat oder changes r der i wasnt excited anyway m mor into windows phone 8.1.. juss came back frm work n checked for updates.. first few patches n office 2013 updates will come.. install.. restart.. den agm search for updates in windows update.. ull get new 8.1
  • Nothing in Croatia yet
  • Already with it here in Bulgaria close to 500mb :-)
  • Downloading around 1.5 gigs total for update in India
  • Update 1 failed on me and reverted back. Will try again.
  • Worked 2nd time around.
  • Just updated in Poland ;D
  • Updating here in Texas
  • Available in Mexico City :DD
  • one more 2mb patch post update.. waiting for windows phone 8.1 seeing 8.1 in this post for once i thot its wp dev preview :P skipped a beat haha..
    also waiting for whatsapp update..
    bbm is now in testing phase
  • Mine is updating as we speak in UK
  • already downloading in Mexico
  • Downloading.....India :)
  • I'm still having issues with my Surface RT returning to desktop after I close all my running apps. I unchecked the setting in taskbar properties, but it still does it after the update from the beta.
  • I'm having the same problem. So far, I've installed the update on my desktop PC and on my laptop. I unchecked the setting in the navigation properties in order to boot to Start. Rebooted both machines and they booted to Start as expected. However, whenever I close any app (whether swiping down from the top or using the new X at the top", the desktop appears. What gives? Why doesn't it just go back to the Start screen? This is so annoying! Anyone have a fix?
  • Found the fix on the Forums. In the taskbar properties, uncheck 'Show Windows Store apps on taskbar'. Now when I close modern apps I go back to Start as it should be.
  • But that also takes away the showing of the taskbar in Start, a feature that I loved!
  • It's awesome
  • Took until afternoon for my Surface Pro 1 and Surface 2 to get the updates to even show up in Windows Update. Love the tap and a half gesture to drag, it makes the Surface touchpads much more usable without having to turn on mouse ClickLock. Don't care that much about showing Metro apps in the taskbar, because that brings u back to the desktop after closing a Metro app, so I will prob just leave it disabled.
  • Just updated on my Surface Pro 2. I'm in Alabama.
  • just got it in down under! :)
  • Can't say I'm impressed, closing apps with the new X button doesn't actually close them d you still have to use the task manager to exit them completely. Can't see the need to add such a tiny button to hit when hitting the windows key does the exact same thing.
  • The reason they added that can be summed up in two words: Mental midgets.
  • Orlando, FL updated. Took about 15 minutes all in. Looks nice. Some things don't look different like I expected them to (app store) and other things seem odd (little x at the top of metro apps). Pinning metro apps to task bar in desktop is nice. Other than that, seems solid and nothing too interesting to point out.
  • Am I doing something wrong? I went into my PC Settings, checked for updates, installed it, and restarted my computer. When it booted up, there was no change. Maybe the update isn't available for me yet? :/
  • Same here
  • Installed. I hate it.
    Can't stand that app title bar on metro apps. Can't turn it off
    Also, the program name should always be on the left and not on the centre of screen (Win95 to Windows7).
  • Agreed, apart from the program name as every Windows version prior to 95 had it in the centre. I do hate the close behaviour of Modern UI apps now though, it dumps you back to the desktop instead.
  • Yes I know, that is what I said 95 to 7.
    3.1 and earlier had it central.
    Windows looks classier with the title on the left...
  • Well that's your opinion, I'm an old fuck who used Windows 3.1 so I think centred titles are classier :-p
  • fair enough
  • "I do hate the close behaviour of Modern UI apps now though, it dumps you back to the desktop instead." I totally agree with you. It's hard to believe that it's supposed to be that way. It's so annoying! Perhaps it's a bug. Hopefully there's a fix.
  • Found the fix on the Forums. In the taskbar properties, uncheck 'Show Windows Store apps on taskbar'. Now when I close modern apps I go back to Start as it should be.  
  • Best part of this update: in any store app: clicking the bottom right corner to go directly to the desktop. Having to go over the start menu was the only real annoying thing to me before. I don't like the new context menus, though. They just don't look metro enough.
  • I don't like them either but my guess is that it's because Modern UI context menus don't allow for flyouts. I don't like what they did with the category view in the app list either, the categories should be in a larger/emboldend font or have the line underneath it.
  • I got the update, but the new Shut down button that is supposed to be in the top right hand corner on my start screen is not their:/ all other features are present
  • Then you don't have Update 1 installed.
  • Windows thinks you have a tablet
  • How do you pin the metro version of IE to the taskbar ?
  • You can't because IE is already on the taskbar. The Modern UI version is just another interface for the desktop version.
  • how do you find your newly installed apps  
  • on the start screen, click the down arrow on the bottom left. if you use touch, just swipe up from on the start screen.  
  • got it jst after build via msdn :D love the minimize and close button on modern apps
  • I hate it! Don't judge me
  • Same here, from the closing behaviour of modern UI apps to the category view of all apps it's horrible.
  • I'm thinking of hiding update one. 8.1 is enough for me and most updates are mouse and keyboard related, while I use mostly touch on my surface pro. I think I'll wait for the fixes of update one in update 2.
  • You won't get update 2 without update 1 as it's required to get new updates.
  • True, untill then I can enjoy the thrills of windows 8.1 sans update 1 for the parts that I love, without an accidental right click interfering with my finger- and workflow more than it already does.
  • Seeing as touch is the primary input method on the Surface family the update will work slightly differently.
  • Its here in the uk, just go to settings, updates, check for updates, then click view details and then tick all important updates and install.
  • Much improved but still no fix to the blurry font issue, so I'll have to keep using Chrome instead of IE. When will Microsoft fix this?
  • OMG, this is dreadful! Truly horrific! The task bar appearing on the Metro UI is so out of place visually it's not even funny. Booting to the desktop will mean some people won't even know there is a Metro part - I guess they just killed their app eco system. What developer will work on apps for a platform that is activley hiding the interface where you use them?! You want to get rid of it? You have to right click on the taskbar, go to the old UI and look this up under Navigation - yeah, totally intuitive... And don't even get me started on the stupid, thick black favourites/URL bar on the bottom of IE11 that CONSTANTLY occupies 1/5-1/6 of the screen. I had to look up how to switch off all these "enhancements". It feels like the Metro team left the company and the new guard started to put random elements of the previous system on top of the UI. The visual inconsistency is unreal. Feels like one of those MTV Cribs videos where new money bought a 200 year old castle and put a big pink jacuzzi, a stripper pole and a painting of their Hummer in the middle of the saloon.
  • Try closing a Metro app and see where it dumps you?
  • OMG, you are right! WHYYYY???? What were they thinking?! So from now on when I close a Metro app i land at calssic desktop and I have to clik the Windows button to go back to Metro?! It's like they are making sure I am staying out of Metro for good. This is a trainwreck...
  • Landing on the desktop when closing a modern app is so totally stupid and unbelievably annoying. There's got to be a way to fix this. So far, I'm not really liking this update all that much.
  • Found the fix on the Forums. In the taskbar properties, uncheck 'Show Windows Store apps on taskbar'. Now when I close modern apps I go back to Start as it should be.
  • In my case unchecking 'Show Windows Store apps on taskbar' does nothing. Closing metro apps still gets me to desktop.
  • You have to also uncheck show desktop when closing an AP. It's typical no intuitive bs for settings.
  • Worked for me! Thanks for the tip! Now if i could only prevent the classic task bar from cluttering the Metro Start screen...
  • Disable it in the taskbar options.
  • Microsoft is lazy, haven't done much.
    No update to the desktop icons.... START WORKING ON NEW 'WINDOWS MEDIA CENTER' NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW.........
    I paid for it ...
  • I updated this morning but I'm still not seeing the power button on the start screen. I do have the windows store pinned to the task bar now, and there's a tile for PC settings, so it looks like I got all the new features except for the power button at the top right corner of the start screen. Anyone else run into this?
  • Is this on a tablet or desktop?
  • U should go through cogwheel - metro pc settings, then updates and click to check for updates. Then, if update is available, hit checkmark and click download and install. In cca one hour, update will be downloaded, installed. Restart is needed to apply the update. After restart, if non-touch screen device I. E. laptop, system will be booted to desktop. Store icon will be pinned to taskbar and when U switch to metro, upper right corner near your name and photo, it will be switch off button and loupe.
  • Me too. Everything else is there, including the search button, but no power button on the start screen on my Surface 2  
  • Doesn't show up on my 1st gen Surface either, it makes me think that it's by design.
  • I have about 2.2 GB of updates, I don't know if one of them is update 1
  • Here, in Slovakia, got Spring Update successfully installed. 870 MB download :-)
  • So you get practically nothing on a tablet? I am referring to a dell venue 8 pro to be precise.. Other than the store icon on the taskbar i could have sworn the update did nothing.. Thought i also heard a windows 7 style start button list was coming as well?
  • That's in a future update and I really hope it's something that can be disabled.
  • I found the update, but it has been stuck on 0% for the past two hours.
  • Done updating, i like the new tabs on ie
  • Excited to try the new update, but I can't seem to download it. When I search for the update at "Update and Recovery", it searches for quite a bit and says "There was a problem checking for updates. Argh.
  • So I used internet sharing on my 920, connected to the data on my laptop. I did manage to detect updates, but none of those are 8.1 update 1! :-(
  • I actually... don't like this. I don't like this with a mouse and keyboard. Apps are always "running" in one form or other unless you kill them with task manager, so it doesn't make much sense to put them in the taskbar, which I mentally associate with actively running programs.   A) an app minimized there isn't actively running, it's tombstoned, and now confused people are going to be closing apps unnecessarily, working against the tombstoning feature. B) The hot corner is actually better than the taskbar, when using a mouse- at least in terms of multi monitor management. The less precise movements I have to make with my mouse, the more efficient a system is. With a hot corner on every monitor, I can move any app to any monitor with a simple click- no dragging necessary. I know you can have both the taskbar and hotcorner, but for the purpose of comparing I'll consider each by themself. With the taskbar, to move an app to a monitor, I actually have to make extra clicks. One to unminimize the app by clicking the taskbar, and then manually drag the app to whichever monitor. C) The hotcorner can be clicked to "minimize" (switch to desktop) an app instantly. The minimize button is not locked to a corner so you have to actually aim for it, and it also takes a good second to pop up. It's actually faster to just click the top and drag the damn app down with the touch close gesture than it is to wait for the X to appear.   I respect that different users have different work flows, but the features I discussed really just feel like Microsoft is tacking on lesser features on an otherwise well thought out interface, to appease the irrational masses I remember most of the complaints of 8.0 where that the duality of metro/desktop feels "disjointed" or "doesn't flow". I can't for the life of me figure out why this is at all a bad thing, or how it's a valid point against. All apps are always fullscreen all the time. The Win+Tab is isolated from alt+tab, the hotcorner is isolated from the taskbar- you knew what you were getting when you interacted with each element- either a resizeable program, or a fullscreen app. I know that at some point in the future apps may no longer be fullscreen, but they are now, and that's what matters. Now with apps in the taskbar it's a complete crapshoot which monitor they're going to appear on, and I'm just accustomed to that element calling small windows to the front of the stack, not completely overriding a monitor. Having them separate made sense. NOW I'm feeling a disruption in flow...
  • Any ideas on how to remove those infernal icons? no need for shut down or search icon when they were fine the way they were.  Hiden!
  • I got in the US ET.
  • Finally KB2919355 has spotted in Kolkata, India but server is too slow, for past 30mins downloaded only 4% of 887.6MB.
  • where is the new Start Menu? I cant find the setup to enable it.
  • I've installed the update leak a month ago. Now I'm notified that there are 11 updates to install but it doesn't show me what update and stucks in downloading :(
  • I miss being able to multi select items from the app list, am I missing something?
  • Hold CTRL and left click.
  • where is the new store?
  • That's in a future update along with the truely hideous Start Menu they plan to implement!!!
  • okay
  • Nothing over here in Canada =/
  • Is the update available in India?
  • Downloading in the Netherlands! :) Win8.1 Pro X64.
  • Just got it in Denmark :o)
  • I got update here in uae
    But I couldn't see start menu option.HOw do I get it ?
    Do I hv to check or uncheck some option
  • Anyone in the US still not seeing the update available? It's a couple GB update right?
  • Nvm just saw it, 800 Mb file I suppose
  • I still haven't seen it here in the US...
  • Just installed from Latvia. Really nice update :)
  • Just got mine in Qatar
  • We have it here in Switzerland! already updated four machines...
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  • yayyy...i got the update and it is really awesome..
  • Does anyone know, how can I set daily Bing image as my wallpaper to Surface RT? With the latest update, I can't find the Bing app in the store and could not find how to do that now?
  • Nothing in Brazil yet!
  • Still waiting here in Finland...