New batch of five Windows 8.1 Preview fixes released

Microsoft released some bug fixes for the public preview version of Windows 8.1 less than a week after it officially became available to download. Today, as part of Microsoft's monthly "Patch Tuesday" event, the company released a few more bug fixes for the Windows 8.1 preview.

As listed by WinBeta.org, the five bug fixes are now available to download via the Windows Update feature and are as follows:

  • KB2863147: No notification about the expiration date of Windows 8.1 Preview
  • KB2865946: Smart card PIN disclosure after an automatic restart for Windows Update in Windows 8.1 Preview
  • KB2866512: Internet Explorer 11 Preview freezes or crashes while loading a webpage that contains widgets
  • KB2866518: Can’t view OWA inbox in Internet Explorer 11 Preview
  • KB2866537: Windows Store app instability after an app update in Windows 8.1 Preview

Since this is a public preview version of Windows 8.1, it's likely that users will see more frequent updates for the OS beyond just the normal patches that are released for all versions of Windows on every second Tuesday. As we reported earlier this week, Microsoft plans to launch the final version of Windows 8.1 to its PC OEM partners sometime in late August. There's no word yet on when it will be made available to the general public.

Source: WinBeta.org | Image via Microsoft

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Riva said,
IE has another issue where sites with no doctype fail to render.

Really? That's mad. I'm sure that the only required tag on a page is the title. The rest will get added in automatically by the browser. How can something like this be removed after so many versions?

Kemchuk said,

huh...

Anyway, it reckon it was one random, high profile page... like one of the Bing pages...

"When you visit a webpage that contains widgets on a Windows 8.1 preview-based devices, Internet Explorer 11 Preview freezes or crashes when it is loading the webpage. For example, it freezes or crashes when you visit a webpage that contains a weather report widget.


The issue occurs because incorrect values are assigned to properties of a RegExp object when Internet Explorer 11 Preview performs regular expression pattern matches. These incorrect values result in incorrect functional behavior of the webpage, and cause Internet Explorer 11 Preview to freeze or crash. "

KB2866512 seems to have fixed hangs on nbcnews.com. It still takes forever for the FB script to complete but it doesn't freeze the page load anymore.

Stupid FB scripts are a pain, period!

This is just great. Took what was an already confusing OS, for a lot of people, and made a major mess of it!!

Will be a cold day in hell before I upgrade to Windows 8!! Would almost rather downgrade to Vista!!

cork1958 said,
Stupid FB scripts are a pain, period!

This is just great. Took what was an already confusing OS, for a lot of people, and made a major mess of it!!

Will be a cold day in hell before I upgrade to Windows 8!! Would almost rather downgrade to Vista!!


By only adding stuff? For the most part things are the same as they were in Win8.

To further expand:

Windows 8 (or RT) to Windows 8.1 is free with no need for clean install

Windows 8.1 PREVIEW to Windows 8.1 is free but you need to reinstall programs, apps lose information

Windows 7 and below to Windows 8.1 will need a purchase (unsure if you will need to go 7 to 8 to 8.1) and does not need a clean install.