New Windows 8 and RT patches released

Last week, Microsoft alerted the public that they would release a number of security patches for Windows 8 and Windows RT as part of the company's regular "Patch Tuesday" monthly updates. Today, those patches were released right on schedule and should be available for automatic download.

In addition to the security patches, there were a number of other software updates made to Windows 8 and Windows RT that were designed to fix general bugs and improve performance. You can see a full list of all the patches that were released today at Microsoft's support web page.

These updates will be the first for both Windows 8 and Windows RT since both operating systems went into general availability on October 26th. These updates should be especially important for owners of Microsoft's Surface and Asus's VivoTab RT tablets, which are currently the only two products on sale to the public that run on on Windows RT.

Overall, eight separate software updates for Windows RT were released today, four of which were security related, and the other four designed to fix bugs and increase performance. Surface owners should expect software updates around this time every month from now on, unless a major security issue prompts Microsoft to issue a quick hotfix.

Source: Microsoft Support web page

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MrWhistler said,
can't wait til I format over this today and put 7 back on, hehe

Yeah, so you can install hundreds of huge patches and sp1 and then hundreds more right?

spudtrooper said,

Yeah, so you can install hundreds of huge patches and sp1 and then hundreds more right?

nope, already have TechNet 7 sp1 ultimate

Is it me, or are people missing the fact that a tablet is getting regular updates? Not full OS releases that require a full backup / install. Not sitting around, wishing for updates at the mercy of the manufacturer. Real patch updates to stability, performance, security to your tablet.

Did we just get accustomed to Windows Update that we missed that this is one area where Surface beats the pants off the iPad and Android tablets?

Kevin Hsu said,
Is it me, or are people missing the fact that a tablet is getting regular updates? Not full OS releases that require a full backup / install. Not sitting around, wishing for updates at the mercy of the manufacturer. Real patch updates to stability, performance, security to your tablet.

Did we just get accustomed to Windows Update that we missed that this is one area where Surface beats the pants off the iPad and Android tablets?

iPads get updates often. It looks like the Surface RT gets the 'Patch Tuesday' updates like other Windows computers. Thats not very exciting. Windows RT is just like all the other windows installs requiring updates every week.

derekaw said,

iPads get updates often. It looks like the Surface RT gets the 'Patch Tuesday' updates like other Windows computers. Thats not very exciting. Windows RT is just like all the other windows installs requiring updates every week.


Updates every week? Do you even know what Patch Tuesday is?

ahhell said,

Updates every week? Do you even know what Patch Tuesday is?

A day of the week when patches and updates are pushed out? The day happens to be Tuesday.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Which are.......?

As a proud Surface owner I can tell you there are a couple issues such as the Touch cover muting the volume and a tiny bit a lag sometimes. The updates made it faster, office and metro apps start faster now. However the muting problems still occurs, it must be a hardware issue in the touch cover. With that said I'm still really happy with my purchase as I did not expect it to be perfect since it's the first version.

PmRd said,
As a proud Surface owner I can tell you there are a couple issues such as the Touch cover muting the volume and a tiny bit a lag sometimes. The updates made it faster, office and metro apps start faster now. However the muting problems still occurs, it must be a hardware issue in the touch cover. With that said I'm still really happy with my purchase as I did not expect it to be perfect since it's the first version.

I wasn't attacking you rather asking why, if you're going to raise the issue of bugs you never mentioned the specific bugs in the same post - we aren't mind readers nor is everyone going to face the same issues even if they have the same hardware.

Regarding the software itself, I'm not surprised there are bugs and issues given that even the most portable code in the world will have corner cases where hardware specific optimisations have been made thus need to be addressed when it comes to a new platform supported. With that being said Microsoft has to be a lot smarter when it comes to using the limited resources on an ARM device and really focus on optimising their compiler because ARM like many RISC CPU's will punish you with bad performance if the compilers themselves aren't putting out nice code. Best example of that would be back in the old PowerPC days where IBM's compilers would wipe the floor with the GNU GCC stack Apple provided or the superior SUN Microsystems compilers for SPARC would crush the GNU GCC stack in real world benchmarks.

Brody McKee said,
There are many issues with the Surface that are well publicised. It's acceptable to say "issues" without explaining what they are.

Thanks :-)

Brody McKee said,
There are many issues with the Surface that are well publicised. It's acceptable to say "issues" without explaining what they are.

Those issues are only known if you specifically went out of your way. The only problem I have seen being covered in the ITmedia so far is a bug related to WiFi connections. There is an issue regarding the keyboard bit that is unrelated to the software itself.

I had 9 updates for Windows 8 I only update my desktop so far and not my portable device which is my laptop.

PUC_Snakeman said,
Big patches! I believe it was over 300MB for each of my previously-fully-up-to-date Windows 8 machines. The ominous one is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2770917 ... I really wish they'd go into greater detail instead of "Other software updates and performance improvements". But I guess this gives a hint - look at all those dll's - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2782531

Same, the update was huge - but then again that also included Office 2010 updates as well. It is nice to see that Microsoft is focusing on bringing out updates promptly and on a regular basis rather than the situation I experienced when I had a Mac.

I installed them an hour or two ago, I'm stunned again that 8 got even more responsive. I got this machine back in 2008. I've spent typically 60 hours a week on it ever since. Did the windows 7 upgrade on launch day. Did the windows 8 upgrade on launch day. 7 improved the performance quite a bit, mostly taking care of really horrific studdering in Vista. But I'm constantly shocked by how fast 8 runs. When you've lived with a machine for 4 years you get a good feel as to how long something is going to take to happen..I'm having to relearn how I organize my time now.

NXTwoThou said,
I installed them an hour or two ago, I'm stunned again that 8 got even more responsive. I got this machine back in 2008. I've spent typically 60 hours a week on it ever since. Did the windows 7 upgrade on launch day. Did the windows 8 upgrade on launch day. 7 improved the performance quite a bit, mostly taking care of really horrific studdering in Vista. But I'm constantly shocked by how fast 8 runs. When you've lived with a machine for 4 years you get a good feel as to how long something is going to take to happen..I'm having to relearn how I organize my time now.

You must be seeing things. The patches did nothing but fix things. They did not make Windows 8 faster or "more responsive".

Scorbing said,

You must be seeing things. The patches did nothing but fix things. They did not make Windows 8 faster or "more responsive".

Well just a small misunderstanding- I think he meant Windows 8 itself compared to Windows 7 compared to Windows Vista on the same machine.

Scorbing said,

You must be seeing things. The patches did nothing but fix things. They did not make Windows 8 faster or "more responsive".

I'm pretty sure I remember at least 1 of the patches saying something about performance.

Scorbing said,

You must be seeing things. The patches did nothing but fix things. They did not make Windows 8 faster or "more responsive".

IE loading is a lot faster in desktop mode. The transitions are a bit smoother. They certainly fixed some bug that was slowing it down on my desktop. My notebook at home I didn't really notice much difference(but is much newer and faster)

Apparently KB2770917 contains "Other software updates and performance improvements", not just the battery saving, wake from sleep speed improvements. Just as a fyi.

Asrokhel said,
I had 10 updates for Windows 8 today. 9 of them were for Windows 8, and 1 was just definitions for Windows Defender.

Same here, wonder if all the updates will always be Tuesday's?