Report reveals details of 'GA Rollup A' update for Windows 8.1 RTM

Microsoft announced in late August that the RTM build of Windows 8.1 had been completed, but the company added that it would continue to work on the OS between then and the planned Windows 8.1 launch date of October 18th. Soon after that announcement, leaked builds of the RTM version hit the Internet and Microsoft finally decided to allow TechNet and MSDN subscribers access to the RTM versions, following a wave of protests from the developer community.

With the launch of Windows 8.1 now less than a week away, it seems that Microsoft is readying at least one update to the RTM build for general availability (GA) of the heavily revised OS. WinSuperSite reports that this update is known as 'Windows 8.1 GA Rollup A', but does not point to any documentation to substantiate the claims further. In terms of the patch's download size, the report claims it is not all that big; it is supposed to be just 200 MB for the x64 version and 100 MB each for the x32 and Windows RT versions. 

The update is said to consist almost entirely of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, with one notable exception. After downloading and installing the GA Rollup A update, the article states that Internet Explorer 11 gains an app bar preview, which is a tiny black bar at the bottom of the browser that also feature three little dots, rather like on Windows Phone. It is also similar to the app bars that will feature in many of the pre-installed Windows 8.1 apps, including the new Mail app.

It is not entirely clear when GA Rollup A will be delivered to users, although it is claimed that Microsoft completed work on it around a month after the RTM build was finalized. Equally unclear is the question of whether or not a 'Rollup B' update is in development.

We contacted Microsoft to see if this report is correct but a company spokesperson told Neowin it had "nothing to share" about any patches for the RTM build of Windows 8.1.

Source: WinSuperSite | Image via Microsoft

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I hope they are going to fix "Set metered connection" bug. At the moment, it is not possible to set a wifi connection as metered for the simple user. It works only for an admin...

I installed these 3 updates already and should say that win feels even more snappy and boot time improves about 30% at lease, this is with an SSD. of course sppsvc has been updated as well, so KMS emulating guys will have to start from scratch again probably

Good. Search performance is still horrible on 8.1, and still getting occasional hiccups while using the OS. My Windows 8 was always the most reliable and 8.1 RTM feels like a slight step back. Anyone else experiencing lag, or am I crazy?

I feel like it is now extremely obvious that Windows Phone 8.1 is basically Windows RT 8.1 recompiled for Windows Phones with a lot of Windows Phone system processes and core apps ported over for the time being and the Windows Phone apps staying put for now until a later update comes Q2 2014 that unifies the stores and a lot more things.

I asssume that almost all the Windows 8.1 core apps will run exactly the same with their UIs redrawed for the DPI for Windows Phones. The only thing I am unsure about is whether the start screen code will be taken from Windows 8.1 or if they will keep the Windows Phone start screen and just enhance it because from early screenshots it seems they are just enhancing the current start screen.

But anyway yea all the apps if you snap them to the side now, like the mail app, when tapping the 3-dot bar or swiping up, it brings up buttons that could easily fit on a Windows Phone screen. It looks great actually. All of the apps snapped to the size of a Windows Phone screen look really nice and refreshed to what is on Windows Phone 8 now.

I've stayed on Android for so long because Windows Phones are lacking. The back button I hate, it's terrible to browse the Internet with, most times you come back to browsing after texting someone and pressing back takes you back to the person you were messaging with no way to go back unless you go in your history. Also, there is no buttons except tabs or refresh, and only one of those buttons! It is too simple. And then there is the Settings app which is pale and lacking so much in design compared to PC Settings on Windows 8.1.

I can't wait to see what is coming for Windows Phones.

Totally agree! Windows 8.1 is now the best version of Windows to date in my opinion. With all the changes they made, I can totally see everything port to Windows Phone 8.1 very easily now which is probably why they've been very hush hush... I have a feeling the unification is coming sooner than we think. :-)

j2006 said,
Totally agree! Windows 8.1 is now the best version of Windows to date in my opinion. With all the changes they made, I can totally see everything port to Windows Phone 8.1 very easily now which is probably why they've been very hush hush... I have a feeling the unification is coming sooner than we think. :-)

WTF!? lol

Rafael said,
Or it's a, wait for it, roll up of patches before GA date. Just a thought.
Those patches weren't released this patch tuesday. The article stats that it's new since the rollup, but it's not.

Rafael said,
Or it's a, wait for it, roll up of patches before GA date. Just a thought.

whoahhhhh, did you just claim that an update that has the words 'roll up' in its title, would in fact be a rollup of patches?