Microsoft updates Windows 8 before GA, improves metrics

Microsoft has stated on its Building Windows 8 blog that the RTM build of Windows 8 will soon receive an update. The update will arrive before general availability of the operating system, which is slated for later this month, to give consumers the best possible OS experience out of the box.

The post, penned by none other than Sinofsky, states that the updates will improve performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility. The update is rolling out, starting today, for those who have already installed the RTM version of Windows 8. Sinofsky states:

We are pleased to be releasing a set of improvements to Windows 8 in broad areas of performance, power management and battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility. These improvements are available starting today via Windows Update. We wanted to briefly talk about our improvements to the engineering system and in particular the speed at which we were able to deliver these updates to you.

Between RTM and launch there is a lull of about 8-12 weeks and instead of waiting for SP1 to deliver these enhancements to the OS, Microsoft has pushed through this downtime between RTM and GA to deliver and update to enhance the OS.

It's clear that Microsoft plans to be ambitious with updates to the OS as it is dramatically different than any desktop OS they had launched in the past. Seeing as the OS will already face hurdles with consumers as they learn the new layout, having the best possible experience outside of the UI is critical.

Source: Building Windows 8

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Many people (myself included) are hitting problems installing this update. First time I tried it, it rebooted, did the 'configuring updates' thing, and then on Stage 3 gave a 'Failure configuring Windows updates - Reverting changes'. This took several minutes, restarted, and repeated the same thing twice more before going to a normal login screen. I'm installing it from the downloaded version of the update, others have hit problems installing through Windows Update. Looks like this update could blow up in Microsoft's face .....

Great! SP1 even before launch time! Windows 8's gotta be something special. I wonder what's the detailed change list, though.

xankazo said,
Great! SP1 even before launch time! Windows 8's gotta be something special. I wonder what's the detailed change list, though.

This isn't SP1. These are the 0-day patches. Every Windows release has had them.

I must say, I very much appreciate this update. I was having some apparently very rare issues with my system (a Sony Vaio desktop), which would cause Windows to intermitently freeze due to ridiculous disk usage from Windows Services, and even just "System", for no apparent reason. And booting up Windows would only work properly 1/ 10 times, thanks to some undisclosed, non driver related problem with "ntkernel", go figure...

And now it works like a damn charm

Not sure if it was something to do with this update or the app updates they released yesterday but my Mail/People apps no longer work together. I uninstalled them intending yo reinstall but apparently they are no longer available in the store... Wtf.

Got update today
Installing now, will be intresting to see what changes,

Also some FLash and Codec updates (RAW SUpport w00t )

kiddingguy said,
Is this the one: Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2756872) for like 170 MB?

**** I think so.. Noooooooooooo! I will hate to reinstall Windows and download all those MB of updates instantaneously on Oct. 25/26th

But Oh well, glad they are taking this seriously!

"Seeing as the OS will already face hurdles with consumers as they learn the new layout, having the best possible experience outside of the UI is critical."

This is true.
For the first time when I used Win 8, I was a big hater. Now, things are changed. I've learned the new UI and that it

It's so funny how there's always a troll getting a start button remark in.. Usually one who does not run W8 anyway or has no real experience using it anyway.

paulheu said,
It's so funny how there's always a troll getting a start button remark in.. Usually one who does not run W8 anyway or has no real experience using it anyway.

it's getting tiring...as tiring as saying "M$"

FalseAgent said,

it's getting tiring...as tiring as saying "M$"

I don't get the need to rubbish other peoples opinions and call them trolls just because they don't agree with the direction that software is going. Surely MS would want to hear everyones opinions and not just those who agree with them? I appreciate that the comments may not be structured in the best way but you cant deny the feeling is there.

paulheu said,
It's so funny how there's always a troll getting a start button remark in.. Usually one who does not run W8 anyway or has no real experience using it anyway.

It's a group of people who are 100% convinced that Windows 8 will be a colossal failure and one of two things will happen:

1) Windows as a platform will die forever.

2) Microsoft will get rid of metro and bring back the start button for Windows 9, after seeing the error of their ways.

The mere thought of a suggestion of a possibility of a chance that any other scenario might take place is not welcome in their universe. God forbid Windows 8 winds up successful--they literally will not know what to do with themselves.

They might just go full luddite.

paulheu said,
....

Exactly. I'm enjoying native spellcheck and autocorrect.
Having created a huge storage space for all my media content has simplified my administration tasks in the classic desktop.
Oh the features.


Messaging app won't send messages for me for some reason though.

Orange Battery said,

I don't get the need to rubbish other peoples opinions and call them trolls just because they don't agree with the direction that software is going. Surely MS would want to hear everyones opinions and not just those who agree with them? I appreciate that the comments may not be structured in the best way but you cant deny the feeling is there.


You're confusing stifling opinions with calling people out for posting off topic.

Seriously. Read the article. The subject matter has nothing to do with the start menu. The first commenter is completely off topic in every way except for getting the operating system right.

It'd be like reading an article about Disney World upgrading their fireworks and posting a comment to the effect of "ALADDIN ON BLURAY OR GTFO".

paulheu said,
It's so funny how there's always a troll getting a start button remark in.. Usually one who does not run W8 anyway or has no real experience using it anyway.

I had experince! I was on Windows 8 RTM for week and didnt like!
I had fealing this all thing is for tablets not for PC then i went back to Windows 7!
Now i'm waiting for Windows 9!

WinA said,

I had experince! I was on Windows 8 RTM for week and didnt like!
I had fealing this all thing is for tablets not for PC then i went back to Windows 7!
Now i'm waiting for Windows 9!

Windows 9 will still have all of the same touch functionality. It will still revolve around the metro ecosystem they're building up.

Windows 8 works just fine on a desktop or laptop. I've completely adapted to the OS and frankly, I think it advances usability on traditional PCs, including keyboard+mouse.

I honestly think people like you are actively resisting the new habits Windows 8 pushes users toward. The new metaphors work and they work well, and the OS is quick enough to keep it feeling natural. For every extravagant scenario you can come up with to make Windows 8 sound unusable on a desktop, I can tell you how to do it in even simpler terms than Windows 7.

WinA said,

I had experince! I was on Windows 8 RTM for week and didnt like!
I had fealing this all thing is for tablets not for PC then i went back to Windows 7!
Now i'm waiting for Windows 9!


It's probably because you started using knowing that you'll hate it, so any good thing comes overlooked, and bad things magnified.

deadonthefloor said,

Exactly. I'm enjoying native spellcheck and autocorrect.
Having created a huge storage space for all my media content has simplified my administration tasks in the classic desktop.
Oh the features.


Messaging app won't send messages for me for some reason though.


Messaing App is bugged, they should've just converted Live Messenger into the messaging app instead of this nonsense. I often receive IM's minutes or even hours later while I received them already on fb or live mail.
Ah well, theres an update coming for the messaging app

Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2756872)

Download size: 169.9 MB

Damn.. that's a big update.

Piggy said,
Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2756872)

Download size: 169.9 MB

Damn.. that's a big update.

I wonder why I don't have such an update visible yet.

Piggy said,
Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2756872)

Download size: 169.9 MB

Damn.. that's a big update.


i got that one and....
Update for Microsoft Camera Codec Pack for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2712101)
I wonder what they both really improved( mostly the first one)?

Piggy said,
Update for Windows 8 for x64-based Systems (KB2756872)

Download size: 169.9 MB

Damn.. that's a big update.


I knew the RTM was released too early, now M$ft is anticipating before people complain with it by releasing this, let me call it a SP0 ( Service Pack 0 )
Good job the guys from Redmond

PaCpiS said,

I knew the RTM was released too early, now M$ft is anticipating before people complain with it by releasing this, let me call it a SP0 ( Service Pack 0 )
Good job the guys from Redmond

OMG, Windows 7 was released too early, they're still releasing updates! How dare they. /s

You really have a short memory. Every OS I can remember has received updates in the months between RTM and GA. Windows 8 is no different. SP0? Nonsense.

TCLN Ryster said,

OMG, Windows 7 was released too early, they're still releasing updates! How dare they. /s
7 was ready, 8 not ! I still think that win 8 needed at least one more month before RTM.
Every OS receives an update, but not that big, it's almost the size of a Service Pack, that's why i'm calling this a SP0...
Don't be afraid, i'm not one of these Linux/Mac fanboys, i'm a great defender of M$ft products, just making my points here....
You really have a short memory. Every OS I can remember has received updates in the months between RTM and GA. Windows 8 is no different. SP0? Nonsense.

FalseAgent said,
This is great! I'm.really glad that they're pushing updates right away instead of setting the next milestone as SP1.

I think it's more a fix to things that are broken that should have been working out the box but for some reason wasn't instead of something that really adds additional features.

Great. Even though there is already a driver problem with the installation medium. As an user of a nvidia quadro you will immediately get a bluescreen at the first boot after the installation because of an incompatible on-disc driver. If you don't have a spare gpu lying around you're trapped.

Adan0s said,
Great. Even though there is already a driver problem with the installation medium. As an user of a nvidia quadro you will immediately get a bluescreen at the first boot after the installation because of an incompatible on-disc driver. If you don't have a spare gpu lying around you're trapped.

Who has a motherboard nowadays that doesnt come with a onboard GPU?

neonspark said,
good move. constant updates is the way to go.

Agreed. There is going to be an uproar for every single little bug that is found, so it's in their best interest to continually provide the fixes. Win 8 does have some potential, but it's the small stupid bugs that really ruin the experience (so far).

Routerbad said,
Microsoft, put the start menu in the Windows museum in Redmond where it belongs and keep Windows8 fresh.

Agree. Just make sure to properly finish and polish the functionality of the Start Screen before...

...and the whole Windows 8 btw, for which they are using this lapse to add the most absurdly basic features in the integrated apps.

wasd- said,
Microsoft, give us the Start button or GTFO!

it's called windows 7. enjoy it. never mind running on tablets though.

neonspark said,

it's called windows 7. enjoy it. never mind running on tablets though.

Actually I have used W7 on my Tablet with no issues for a long time; the only OS that was a little rocky on a Tablet was XP Tablet.... a long time ago.

neonspark said,

it's called windows 7. enjoy it. never mind running on tablets though.

I use Windows 7 dont worry.

For the love of god, Windows 8 its like if Apple releases IOS6 for Macs

wasd- said,
Microsoft, give us the Start button or GTFO!

Press one of the 2 buttons on your keyboard that has the Windows logo on it. It's been there all along!

FalseAgent said,

people like you need to GTFO for saying that in every windows 8 article.

Why? You dont like the thruth?

Fritzly said,

Actually I have used W7 on my Tablet with no issues for a long time; the only OS that was a little rocky on a Tablet was XP Tablet.... a long time ago.

It's horrid to use, especially the On Screen Keyboard... Windows 8 is 10000x better on a tablet then WIn7 was.

wasd- said,
Microsoft, give us the Start button or GTFO!

It's still there and it's still in the bottom-left corner. I much prefer opening desktop apps using the Start screen.

wasd- said,
Microsoft, give us the Start button or GTFO!

...and we want Program Manager back too!!!

Cause, cause, technology should be about the past, never anything NEW.

/s
Freaking idiots.

thenetavenger said,

...and we want Program Manager back too!!!

Cause, cause, technology should be about the past, never anything NEW.

/s
Freaking idiots.

Agreed. Don't like the new thing, don't use it. Simple.

wasd- said,
Microsoft, give us the Start button or GTFO!

Windows 8 has twice as many Start Buttons than any other previous Windows version. Think about it!

wasd- said,

For the love of god, Windows 8 its like if Apple releases IOS6 for Macs
iOS for Mac.... With the old Mac desktop one click/keypress away? Sounds UNBEARABLY DIFFICULT TO USE.
Just had both my brothers - aged 6 and 9 - explicitly ask for Windows 8 on their machines. Weird sense of pride that they haven't complained about a single thing, just spent a few days with the Release Preview and loved it (which the 9 year old set up, incidentaly.)

JustAnotherTechie said,
iOS for Mac.... With the old Mac desktop one click/keypress away? Sounds UNBEARABLY DIFFICULT TO USE.
Just had both my brothers - aged 6 and 9 - explicitly ask for Windows 8 on their machines. Weird sense of pride that they haven't complained about a single thing, just spent a few days with the Release Preview and loved it (which the 9 year old set up, incidentaly.)

13 and loving it

xendrome said,

It's horrid to use, especially the On Screen Keyboard... Windows 8 is 10000x better on a tablet then WIn7 was.

Of course W8 improves in many areas over W7, my point is that the latter is not unusable on a Tablet like some people are saying.

wolftail said,

Windows 8 has twice as many Start Buttons than any other previous Windows version. Think about it!

3 even if you consider the charms bar has 2 hot corners

wasd- said,

Why? You dont like the thruth?

We've been hearing 'the truth' day in, day out for how long now? MS doesn't care what you write here, if they cared they would have reacted months ago. Only thing you're doing is being annoying (bordering on moronic) to those who care about stuff actually discussed in the articles.

Face the facts, if you want the old start menu you will have to use one of the add-on tools.