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    Windows 8.1 'August Update' now available to download

    Download: 32-bit / 64-bit (or check Windows Update)

    The update includes the following changes:

    • 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.
    • 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.

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    Download links for Windows 8.1 August Update removed due to bugs « WPCentral

    Microsoft has removed the manual download links for the x86 and x64 files for its new Windows 8.1 August update, a few days after they went live, thanks to two bugs that have been discovered since they were released.

    Microsoft added a few new features and improvements to Windows 8.1 in this latest update, including some additional touchpad functions, some new APIs that will enable OEMs to add Miracast support and more. However, the support page for the August update does show two known issues with this update: "fonts do not render correctly" and "systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck)." As a result, the support page says, "Microsoft has removed the download links to these updates while these issues are being investigated."
    KB2975719 - August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

    Known issue 1
    Microsoft is investigating behavior where fonts do not render correctly after any of the following updates are installed:

    • 2982791 MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014
    • 2970228 Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows
    • 2975719 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2975331 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012

    Status
    Microsoft has removed the download links to these updates while these issues are being investigated.
    Known issue 2
    Microsoft is investigating behavior where systems may crash with a 0x50 Stop error message (bugcheck) after any of the following updates are installed:

    • 2982791 MS14-045: Description of the security update for kernel-mode drivers: August 12, 2014
    • 2970228 Update to support the new currency symbol for the Russian ruble in Windows
    • 2975719 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2975331 August 2014 update rollup for Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012

    This condition may be persistent and prevent the system from starting correctly.

    Status
    Microsoft has removed the download links to these updates while these issues are being investigated.

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