Prematurely released Feature Pack update for Windows 8.1 may not be RTM after all

The Start screen now has a mix of modern and traditional mouse menus.

When Microsoft mistakenly made it relatively easy for anyone to update to the Spring Update for Windows 8.1 (also known as the Feature Pack for Windows) last Friday, at least one site is claiming that this was merely a way to test if the update mechanism worked properly, most likely because of it's multi-stage update requirement, rather than one huge one like we would expect to see with a Service Pack.

Chinese website PCBeta is claiming that build 17031 may just have been one build that was used to test the update method; and as we already know, Microsoft pulled the files shortly after the news broke on how to edit the registry to "officially" update through Windows Update.

Microsoft is expected to announce the update at the Build developer conference which takes place in early April, possibly giving the company more than a month to finalize a newer build for distribution. Earlier reports suggested that Microsoft had already signed off to RTM and delivered the update to OEMs, so while this all may be possible, it's anyones guess really and we'll just have to see when it is announced on the day.

The latest leaked files, which are now only available through torrent or file sharing websites, could be installed straight over the previous leak so it's likely that if a newer update is released, the same will be possible.

Modern apps can be pinned, switched and controlled all from the taskbar with the update.

The Spring Update adds features for desktop and mouse users, such as Modern app taskbar switching, a title bar in app that allows minimizing and closing, as well as desktop like context menus among others which can be seen below.

  • Pinning metro apps to desktop taskbar.
  • Classic taskbar in ModernApp.
  • Link to classic Control Panel in PC Settings.
  • Shutdown button on the Start screen.
  • Search button on the Start screen.
  • Context Menu appears when you right-click on the ModernApp (Tiles).
  • Title on the ModernApp and close button.
  • Sorted App list in Apps screen (all programs) by default.
  • Update Internet Explorer to 11.0.7 (more details on that here).
  • "Enterprise Mode" in Internet Explorer 11.

Since Microsoft has yet to confirm anything about this update, including the official name for it we'll probably have to wait until the Build conference to know for sure either way. 

Source: PCBeta (Chinese) | Cheers for the tip FaiKee!

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Steven P. said,
No theme patcher here, this is what it looks like for me, unless you mean a specific modern app? http://cl.ly/image/2c2k1U0R1v2R

Edit: Try resetting windows colors and theme to the default to test?

I think we're not talking about the same thing. I thought the original poster was talking about the Titlebar of Desktop applications. The problem Windows 8 introduced was that, when the user selects a black theme color (Color intensity: Max, Saturation: Max, Brightness: Min)... then the titlebars of Desktop applications have virtually unreadable text, because it's super-dark-grey on black. And that issue has not been fixed in Windows 8.1 Update 1.

PUC_Snakeman said,

I think we're not talking about the same thing. I thought the original poster was talking about the Titlebar of Desktop applications. The problem Windows 8 introduced was that, when the user selects a black theme color (Color intensity: Max, Saturation: Max, Brightness: Min)... then the titlebars of Desktop applications have virtually unreadable text, because it's super-dark-grey on black. And that issue has not been fixed in Windows 8.1 Update 1.

Yes. That's what I was on about. Still broke? Ugh.

Another indication of the conflicts going on internally at Microsoft in their frenzy to make Windows-8x even moderately successful. Why not admit its faults and limitations, and fix the mess with Windows-9?

Another nonsensical comment. Some stupid rumor comes out that a leaked build wasn't RTM and that according to you is indicative of conflicts inside the company? Riiiiiight...

Romero said,
Another nonsensical comment. Some stupid rumor comes out that a leaked build wasn't RTM and that according to you is indicative of conflicts inside the company? Riiiiiight...

Microsoft have been full of internal conflicts since the day windows 8 was released and those internal conflicts will not be ending any time soon.

Order_66 said,
Microsoft have been full of internal conflicts since the day windows 8 was released and those internal conflicts will not be ending any time soon.
I'd say like any other company they've been having internal conflicts since they day they were founded, but connecting that to this rumor is nothing more than pure drivel.

Romero said,
I'd say like any other company they've been having internal conflicts since they day they were founded, but connecting that to this rumor is nothing more than pure drivel.

Oh yes, losing a lead designer, CEO and many others who were involved directly after a company releases a flagship product, not to mention the many changes brought to the latest flagship product due to customer backlash and the products colossal failure at the retail level.

You're right, this has all been happening since the day they were founded <rolls eyes>

Order_66 said,
You're right, this has all been happening since the day they were founded <rolls eyes>
I said internal conflicts have been happening no doubt since day 1, and that is probably 99.9% true given human nature. Do not try and twist my words. As for what the atmosphere is now inside, unless you are an MS insider you know bupkiss and so do I. Everything else is pure conjecture regarding conflicts, what kind, how serious, whether they're anything out of the ordinary and so on.

Colossal failure? I don't see 200mn and counting as one but of course you will say that. Back to my original point. Nothing about this particular rumor about the leaked build not being the RTM points to any internal conflicts. There's no correlation between the two whatsoever. If you insist otherwise provide some proof.

TsarNikky said,
Another indication of the conflicts going on internally at Microsoft in their frenzy to make Windows-8x even moderately successful. Why not admit its faults and limitations, and fix the mess with Windows-9?

Go to bed. You're never on point about anything you say. Your parents should restrict your computer access.

Romero said,

Colossal failure? I don't see 200mn and counting as one

Once a fanboy runs to the 200 million = success claims he/she automatically loses any and all perceived credibility in all subjects regarding microsoft.
The 200 million= success fanboy claim has been heavily refuted so badly it's barely even worth mentioning at all, it's usually only thrown out there anymore when someone is losing an argument.

Well we all know what you are a fanboy of so if you think you retain any shred of credibility here amongst regulars you can keep dreaming. Oh and as expected I see that you conveniently sidestepped the point of this discussion, which was to provide proof of how this rumor indicated anything larger about the goings-on within the company. We all know who lost the argument. Try harder next time.

It was a leaked build and not official one. So, Microsoft can make whatever changes they want.
Don't need to make fuss about it.
Also the people who installed the update should know the risk that they might have to re-install the OS for more stability.

There was never any indication in any of the leaked builds that IE12 would be present. At most we saw 11.0.7 I believe it was, so perhaps 11.1 by RTM (or maybe 11.0.7 itself) but certainly not 12.

Windows 9?

Perhaps this is the early patch to win 8.1 meant internally to turn it to Windows 9. Were kernel patches include

I would not doubt Wzor tbh he has been correct about nearly everything and released most builds himself. His sources are solid.

It's possible i guess they had a change of heart last minute after signing it off as final RTM due to some unexpected bug but i highly doubt that.

Just goes so show you can't trust installing something early from an unofficial source though.

I upgraded with the leaked files, but I'm not panicked. I've reinstalled Windows from scratch and restored all my app settings so many times now, on so many different versions of Windows, I should have a certification for it. Still, if it's not final and I can update over it I'd prefer to do that than start over again. Would really like my next clean install to be related to my next hardware upgrade.

And/or have an image backup like I do. Even so I didn't do the upgrade. I chose to wait. I also don't have any experience with VM but am going to look into it soon.

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