Significant Updates for Windows 8 Released

Hi folks, sorry for the delay in updating my blog, been a bit busy at work and I had to do a recent reinstall of Windows 8 because of partition resizing. Anyway, Microsoft released some significant updates for Windows 8 today. Steven Sinofsky over at the Building 8 blog detailed some of the improvements:

With every release of Windows we have had approximately 8-12 weeks from when we released the code to OEMs and manufacturing and when the product was available on new PCs and for retail customers. This time has historically been used to match newly developed PCs, which can include a variety of new or enhanced components, drivers, and companion software, with the final code for Windows. Because these hardware and software components are brand new, it could be the case that they uncover the need for changes and improvements to Windows in the areas of fundamentals.

You can learn more here

I am already seeing the update as promised:

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About the Update:

KB article title:

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update

Description:

Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 General Availability Cumulative Update is available. This cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience. We recommend that you apply this cumulative update as part of your regular maintenance routines.

Improvements:

  • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  • Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
  • Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
  • Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8

Known issues:

  • When you turn a Windows feature on or off, the computer may require a restart. For example, this action may be necessary when you turn Remote Access on or off.

Microsoft has also promised to provide updates and improvements to bundled apps that come with Windows 8. These are the apps you access through the new Start Screen interface. Most of these updates will be available by the time Windows 8’s general available on October 26th 2012. 

If you are running Windows 8 now, you can obtain some of these updates by going to the Windows 8 Store.

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The Windows Store icon will indicate if there are updates available. As you can see, I have 9 waiting for me to install.

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Click on Updates in the upper right hand corner of the Windows Store screen.

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There you will see a list of the available App updates. To install them, click Install at the bottom of the screen.

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Wait while the updates are installed:

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That’s it!

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