Microsoft releases IE11 reliability patch for Windows 8.1

Normally, Microsoft releases patches for its software products on the second Tuesday of each month, also known as Patch Tuesday. However the company decided to release a patch outside its normal schedule this week, specifically for Windows 8.1 as well as Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

The patch is described on a Microsoft support page, which says simply that the file is supposed to improve "the reliability of Internet Explorer 11." The page says that the file is available from Windows Update, but there are also manual download patches available for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1, along with another patch for Windows Server 2012 R2. The patch for Windows RT 8.1 is only available via Windows Update. While Microsoft is keeping details of what this IE11 patch fixes to itself, the support page does say that users must restart their PC after it is installed.

So far, only the Windows 8.1 version of IE11 has gone beyond a public preview build. Microsoft has yet to launch a non-preview version of the web browser made for Windows 7, but it has issued a IE11 Automatic Update Blocker Toolkit for that OS, which is usually a sign that the final release is close at hand.

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Before this update I was getting what NVidia calls "TDR". This is when the graphics card crashes and resets itself and sometimes it doesn't reset itself and then the computer freezes. So then I had to do a hard shutdown. Anyway this would happen when using sites like Facebook, outlook.com and other intense HTML5 sites. Since I installed the update, I have not seen a TDR yet. So, I hope this update is the fix to this solution. :-)

Unfortunately this does not fix the "Google Back button problem". You still have to click back twice for returning to search results page. And history gets filled with this "url?sa=.." redirect crap.

pinTero said,
Unfortunately this does not fix the "Google Back button problem". You still have to click back twice for returning to search results page. And history gets filled with this "url?sa=.." redirect crap.

The only place I can reproduce this is site redirects through Google Ads. Which happens on Firefox as well, as it is way to keep the user on the advertisement and not go back.


I don't get this issue with IE11. I'm sure we can try every unsuccessful fix in the book but a reformat worked for me. A fresh copy of windows 8.1 always fixes annoying issues.

Damn. Looks like it's indeed localization specific issue. Google.com which redirects to google.ee here in Estonia, has broken back button. google.com/ncr is actually working OK!

I'm guessing this update stops IE 11 Metro from simply closing after a random amount of time, regardless of what website I'm viewing at the time ... and causes Gmail not to freeze on the loading screen. Fairly big issues, those were - and certainly either one would be worth an out-of-band update.

Timble said,
I'm guessing this update stops IE 11 Metro from simply closing after a random amount of time, regardless of what website I'm viewing at the time ... and causes Gmail not to freeze on the loading screen. Fairly big issues, those were - and certainly either one would be worth an out-of-band update.

Yep, this is what it fixes. It also helps performance for these users as the problem is related to some thrashing.

Don't know about Windows 8.1 reliability as I haven't graduated to that yet, but the preview version for Windows 7 sure sucks!!

Does nothing but crash!

I just installed it and it does really make a difference and make it snappy.. I use only desktop IE11.

My Gmail issue also gone after this update.

"Reliability patch" thats an odd name, almost like MSFT admiting that IE11 is well.. 'unReliable' before the patches.

Torolol said,
"Reliability patch" thats an odd name, almost like MSFT admiting that IE11 is well.. 'unReliable' before the patches.

No, it just wasn't as reliable as they wanted it to be/they found bugs that could render the browser unstable, so we can only hope they keep pushing 'reliability ' patches. I like it.

Torolol said,
"Reliability patch" thats an odd name, almost like MSFT admiting that IE11 is well.. 'unReliable' before the patches.

It probably is, with specific hardware or drivers. Ran perfectly here is all I can tell you.

Torolol said,
"Reliability patch" thats an odd name, almost like MSFT admiting that IE11 is well.. 'unReliable' before the patches.

Not UN-reliable, but LESS-reliable.