New Windows 8.1 patch fixes SecureBoot watermark bug

Earlier today, we reported that Microsoft had released a patch for the Skype app in Windows 8.1 to fix a crash bug found on some PC systems. As it turns out, that's not the only patch that the company has released for its newest OS update. Today, Microsoft has come up with a fix for a problem that has been an annoyance for some Windows 8.1 owners.

Microsoft's support page reveals that the patch is supposed to remove the "Windows 8.1 SecureBoot isn't configured correctly. Build 9600" watermark that has been showing up on the desktop wallpaper of some users. You may remember that a Windows 8.1 RTM GA Rollup file that leaked out to the Internet before the official launch of Windows 8.1 was also supposed to address this bug.

In any case, this is the official fix for the issue and the Microsoft support page has manual downloads for the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1 as well as Windows Server 2012 R2. People who download and install the patch will be required to restart their PC afterwards. This patch is not meant for Windows RT 8.1 users.

As with the Skype patch, this new download shows that Microsoft is willing and able to break their own update schedule if they feel the need to, instead of waiting for the normal "Patch Tuesday" date.

Source: Microsoft via WinBeta

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Now if they would stop trying to push Bing on me. How many times do I have to hide Bing in the Windows Update? Stop pushing Bing, it isn't gonna happen.

fuzi0719 said,
Now if they would stop trying to push Bing on me. How many times do I have to hide Bing in the Windows Update? Stop pushing Bing, it isn't gonna happen.

1. It never installs automatically.
2. ONCE you hide it, it wont show up again.
3. Stop being dramatic over nothing.

I think it shows up when a new version comes out but maybe I'm wrong. I remember hiding it a few times as well lol.

0sit0 said,
I think it shows up when a new version comes out but maybe I'm wrong. I remember hiding it a few times as well lol.

I searched around a bit. I think you are right.

However, since it never installs automatically, who cares.

there is also another bug with Windows 8.1. It mutes the whole system and there is no way to unmute except signing out and then signing back in.

ValaXx said,
there is also another bug with Windows 8.1. It mutes the whole system and there is no way to unmute except signing out and then signing back in.

Sounds like an audio driver crash. Is this a Surface, or some other OEM's device? If some other OEM's device, are you sure you've got the right audio driver? Windows is usually pretty good at selecting the right one, but it doesn't always get it right, and it can be overridden by us, of course.

ValaXx said,
there is also another bug with Windows 8.1. It mutes the whole system and there is no way to unmute except signing out and then signing back in.

As mentioned it sounds like the audio device is crashing. Check and see if there is an updated driver from the OEM.

thanx for your reply. It happens on my desktop PC. Unfortunately there were no updates available when i checked thru device manager.

Yea... Your going to have to check the OEM website as the device manager only checks with Microsoft and you know how that can go sometimes.

I think the problem is looking at all the recent updates pushed for Windows 8.1 is... they have tried to push a half finished product out.

Star-Pirate said,
I think the problem is looking at all the recent updates pushed for Windows 8.1 is... they have tried to push a half finished product out.

Go install the "fully finished" Windows 7 and you'll find tons of updates waiting in line for you on Windows update too.

xankazo said,

Go install the "fully finished" Windows 7 and you'll find tons of updates waiting in line for you on Windows update too.

True... But windows 7 has been out for years, but 8.1 a couple of weeks.

anothercookie said,
Theres only so much testing they can do, if no one reports the problems certain hardware will have problems that others don't

The patches there realising are... nothing to do with hardware.

Star-Pirate said,

True... But windows 7 has been out for years, but 8.1 a couple of weeks.

7 had day one patches too. Bugs and vulnerabilities always exist - but the newer OS tends to be more secure by design anyway (8/8.1 has security improvements over 7).

Star-Pirate said,

The patches there realising are... nothing to do with hardware.

Actually it did. SecureBoot is a firmware/hardware feature. They just killed the notification.

Was probably easier than getting OEMs to fix the implementation or getting users to flip the feature on.

P.S. - My understanding here is the notification is triggered when Windows 8.1 detects that the firmware is capable of SecureBoot but the feature isn't enabled or working.

What does the watermark look like? I don't see anything but the "neowin" watermark in the displayed screenshot with this article.

I thought this was a safety measure so I enabled safeboot but that prevented Linux mint from booting. Some bugs aren't really bugs.

Patch fever , Microsoft is working hard to complete their product before the holy crash logs are filled up .
My can still runs Windows 7 and I will upgrade to 8.1 when its stable and mature / 3rd party developers update their apps for this new enviroment.
I bet there will be more problems popping up like mushrooms.

That's the thing, 8.1 is mature and stable with good driver support. And it's quite light, using less resources than 7. As for bugs this is the only one I've found so far.

You can see the future , please give me some lucky numbers too , I might win some cash.
If not , check the forums and the main page , start counting the problems with the new system aswell with the 3rd party products.
I know its not perfect but I'll give this OS another five months . Things will change its true and yes I installed it on a few rigs and cans.

I haven't had any more problems than I did/do with 7 on 8.0 or 8.1. I wouldn't hold back just because it's 'new'.
Glad I didn't - prefer 8.1 to 7 any day now.

ZipZapRap said,
Does it just remove the notification or enable SecureBoot (not sure how it'd do the latter)

It would only be able to remove the notification. SecureBoot has to be enabled in the firmware by the user. That's assuming it supports it.