Microsoft to patch Windows RT next month to fix app update woes


Windows RT devices will get an update in two weeks to fix a recent issue that caused apps to refuse to update.

Microsoft is preparing a patch for Windows RT that will eliminate problems users have encountered with app updates, according to a new report.

Yesterday, it was reported that Surface users have had problems updating apps following a recent firmware update for Windows RT. As a result of the problem, some users have seen sporadic connectivity to Windows Update and are unable to download app updates from the Windows Store.

The problem will soon be resolved, however, as Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet reports Microsoft will release the patch addressing the issue in two weeks. Foley was provided the following statement from a Microsoft representative regarding the issue:

Some Windows RT customers who attempted to apply January’s bulletins had issues installing updates. Specifically, impacted Windows RT devices went into connected standby mode during the download of updates from Windows Update, causing the connection to be disrupted. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and are working to correct the issue; we expect to have a fix in place in the first week of February.

The firmware update at the heart of the issue was released Jan. 8, and reports began surfacing about the problem later that week.

Source: ZDNet | Image via Microsoft

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The firmware update was for the Surface tablet, not Windows RT, I think.

Great to know it's coming though. I've run into a few issues trying to update, but have been able to get around it by restarting my tablet.

MidTxWRX said,
The firmware update was for the Surface tablet, not Windows RT, I think.

Great to know it's coming though. I've run into a few issues trying to update, but have been able to get around it by restarting my tablet.

In ARM the windows OS is considered a "firmware" just like it is on iOS basically.... the iOS package is a "firmware" update... because of how each firmware package is taylored specificly to the Hardware it is running on, unlike a generic OS like windows which is not

this is of course not a Surface issue, but a Windows RT issue....

neufuse said,

In ARM the windows OS is considered a "firmware" just like it is on iOS basically.... the iOS package is a "firmware" update... because of how each firmware package is taylored specificly to the Hardware it is running on, unlike a generic OS like windows which is not

this is of course not a Surface issue, but a Windows RT issue....

Oh gotcha, good to know!

neufuse said,

In ARM the windows OS is considered a "firmware" just like it is on iOS basically.... the iOS package is a "firmware" update... because of how each firmware package is taylored specificly to the Hardware it is running on, unlike a generic OS like windows which is not

this is of course not a Surface issue, but a Windows RT issue....

http://winsupersite.com/window...ows-rt-gets-firmware-update

It is a system firmware update which is a UEFI update given that the ARM standard to which Windows RT conform to must use UEFI. The firmware is still firmware and the software is still software - the update was for the firmware for the hardware and Windows RT software update.

An update to fix things that can't update.....

And for those few who the reboot method doesn't work, how are they going to get on....

YouWhat said,
An update to fix things that can't update.....

And for those few who the reboot method doesn't work, how are they going to get on....

The firmware update is delivered via Windows Update rather than through the Windows Store.

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