Windows 8.1 'August Update' now available for download

Microsoft has released the 'August Update' for Windows 8.1 which will be part of a new monthly release cycle that will bring minor enhancements to the OS. For those of you who do not want to wait for the update to be delivered via the Windows Update feature built into the platform, we have posted the direct download link at the bottom of this post.

Microsoft has said that the following updates will be included for Windows 8.1 users:

  • Precision touchpad improvements – three new end-user settings have been added: Leave touch pad on when a mouse is connected; allow right-clicks on the touchpad; double-tap and drag.
  • Miracast Receive – exposes a set of Wi-Fi direct APIs for Independent Hardware Vendor (IHV) drivers or OEM drivers to develop Windows 32-bit applications that run on all supported x86-based or x64-based versions of Windows 8.1, enabling the computer as a Miracast receiver.
  • Minimizing login prompts for SharePoint Online – reduces the number of prompts with federated use in accessing SharePoint Online sites. If you select the “Keep me signed in” check box when you log on for the first time, you will not see prompts for successive access to that SharePoint Online site.

While this update may not be all the large in terms of new features, if the company does keep to its promise and deliver updates on a regularly monthly schedule, much like the Xbox team, then these incremental updates will eventually turn into a sizeable improvement over the coming months.

Download: Windows 8.1 'August Update' x86 | x64

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I believe Windows RT is perfect IF developers SUPPORT MICROSOFT with Apps.
BUT for now only Surface Pro 3 with full OS.
AMAZING MACHINE GUYSSS. :) :p (iPad or Android tablet is crap VS "all in 1" MSP3)

Mine keeps failing. Also Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer MS14-037. Keeps failing ????

MS14-037 is the only thing showing on the update.

Finally! They fixed one of the annoying experiences that the previous Update 1 introduced. That when Windows Store apps are not enabled to be shown on the taskbar, you still would get to see the taskbar floating when clicking on the Start Button, until you move the mouse away from it.
Now it automatically hides away without even moving the cursor.

Hmm was really hoping for a way to arrange my IE Favourites bar again or a non transparent taskbar - but hey, these updates are.. erm.. needed....

MS so needs competition is the desktop market.

Orange Battery said,
Hmm was really hoping for a way to arrange my IE Favourites bar again or a non transparent taskbar - but hey, these updates are.. erm.. needed....

MS so needs competition is the desktop market.

This isn't a feature pack.

Not really noticing any performance changes, good or bad, since the last update. They still haven't fixed the disappearing WiFi and Bluetooth devices after waking from low power state. :(

Installed it, went smoothly

UI feels more responsive.

Programs seem snappier.

System feels more stable.

Boot time is a little faster.

This to me is a major update, its over 100MB!

Windows New Technology (NT) 6.3.9600.17238.amd64fre.winblue_gdr.140723-2018

Congratulations on your hard work Microsoft! This is awesome! WOOOT

Compiled July 23rd! FRESH and delicious!

Two words: Placebo effect.
Another two words: Just kidding. :p

Still, I find it the same way too, it's so snappy, and even more lightweight than before.
The 100MB is the major one, but not the only one. There are a few more security and non-security updates that were released today for Windows 8.1

My machine needs a rebuild on a new ssd. Can someone please post where I can download the iso with this already in. Can't find it on the ms website for some reason?

That way, once ive installed it I don't have to download any updates.

Thanks

timster said,
why would there be a need for a new ISO, when only two updates were released?

ah ok, so when I reinstall I just need to install two updates?

seem to remember last time I had quite a few

Sraf said,
You could always slipstream the updates yourself

or I could just download it lol (if I can find a damn link)

post install one of the changes I've found was on the windows updates page you now have some additional info on update history...not a major change but nice addition :)

So does Miracast receive mean I will be able to send my phone screen to my Windows desktop after I download the August update, or I'll have to wait for someone to develop drivers/software to enable this functionality.

Dunno about everybody else, but I tend to install updates in their KB number order. In this circumstance, that means I'd install the larger one first.

Robot Emas said,
No, forget about RT. Please let it die, make people forget it, for good.

Then they'd be forgetting about my 1st gen surface - something I (and probably several others) don't want. It's still perfectly usable.

Robot Emas said,
No, forget about RT. Please let it die, make people forget it, for good.

Why? ARM has a place in low end computing like tablets, and RT is Microsoft's OS for ARM. Why should it die?

I'm getting sick and tired of people declaring their hate and disdain for things just because THEY don't like them, use them, or see a need for them. Like somehow the world revolves around them. It doesn't.

RT's problem was marketing and the usual Software vendors and OEM slow to support. I would have preferred all those cheap Desktops and Laptops for home users to be loaded with RT so they wouldn't be infected with countless toolbars and "optimisers".

Its amazing how the OEM's and tech community demonize RT at times but still push Chromebooks as a viable solution for the home user. At least with RT they can use their current Skype and not forced to use Hangouts.

IbsDotcom said,
No Love for Windows RT 8.1

Got it for my both RT devices (Surface 1 and Lumia 2520). Can't see what's changed, but everything is still running nice and smoothly. :-)

sbasil said,

Got it for my both RT devices (Surface 1 and Lumia 2520). Can't see what's changed, but everything is still running nice and smoothly. :-)


Some of the visible changes are new options in PC Settings > Touchpad and Mouse where new checkboxes have been added and PC Settings > Repair and update > Windows Update, which now tells you when the checked and installed updates for the last time.

ObiWanToby said,
Miracast receiving is a big deal. I wonder how this works ...

It doesn't. It simply allows WiFi hardware manufacturers to create drivers that allow your WiFi to act as Miracast receiver. Intel will probably do it for their wireless solutions as a part of Intel WiDi, but I wouldn't count on it from Qualcomm-Atheros, Realtek or RaLink for example.

fusi0n said,
Didn't find it yet on my HP ElitePad 900

It's not on Windows Update yet. You'll have to either wait or use the download links at the bottom of the article.

So it will have September Update? Downloading it.
i hope when Windows 9 arrive, just make the update name like 9.1, 9.2, 9.3. Or 9.1.1, 9.1.2 etc. Its easier, just like the OSX did

Robot Emas said,
So it will have September Update? Downloading it.

It's just being rolled up with the monthly updates now, no more insipid names. There's an article here about it somewhere.

Good that MS are updating constantly. But for me this update is worthless.

Edit Just 770 Mb for Office updates? Microsoft has lost it.

Edited by d5aqoëp, Aug 12 2014, 6:53pm :