Everything you need to know about the Windows 8.1 Update

By | March 9, 2014

Windows 8.1 Update (also known as Update 1 or Spring Update) is a free update, for current Windows 8.1 users. It will be delivered through Windows Update on April’s Patch Tuesday, April 8th. This update offers more than your average security patches or bugfixes, it’s main goal is to improve the Windows 8.1 experience for mouse and keyboard users. New features include right click menus on the start screen, a title bar for apps, Store apps on the taskbar, … Everything is covered in the video below.

FAQ

Here are some the questions you might have, if you think something is missing from this list or you still have a question leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list.

Q: When will the update be available?

A: Updated ISOs will be released to MSDN subscribers on April 1st or 2nd, it will be available for everyone on April 8th (patch tuesday).

Q: How will I get the update?

A: If you are running Windows 8.1 your PC will automatically be updated through Windows Update.

Q: What’s the official name for this update?

A: Many names are being used to refer to this update, the most common ones are “Spring Update” or “Update 1”, however official documentation suggests it’s simply called “Windows 8.1 Update”. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced a name yet.

Q: “What is Windows 8.1 with Bing”?

A: “Windows 8.1 with Bing” is a version of Windows 8.1 that can be preinstalled on new devices for a significantly lower licencing cost, you can find out more here. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced this version yet.

Q: How can I check if I’m running the Update or not?

A: Press WINKEY + R and run “regedit”. In regedit navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion” and look at  the BuilLabEx value, if it starts with 9600.17031 you are running the Windows 8.1 Update.

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Q: The taskbar doesn’t pop up in store apps! / I don’t see a minimize button in apps!

A: Make sure the option to show runnng store apps on the taskbar is enabled or it won’t work:

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Q: What is this new “Enterprise Mode” option in IE11? How can I enable it? How does it differ from Comptibility Mode?

A: Enterprise Mode basically is Compatibility Mode on a enterprise level, for company websites. It can be enabled through 2 group policies. Click here for more info

If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer them for you!