Windows 8.1 RTM GA Rollup A x64 leaks to Internet

Explorer gets a bump to 6.3.9600.16408 (was 6.3.9600.16404).

The weekend started with reports that Microsoft was preparing a new patch for the Windows 8.1 RTM build called "GA Rollup A" that contains mostly bug fixes and improvements for the OS ahead of its official launch later next week. Now it looks like the x64 version of the GA Rollup A patch has been leaked to the Internet outside of Microsoft's own download channels.

The leak was spotted by FaiKee and posted on his Twitter account. The update package consists of three patches, according to the report; KB2894179, KB2883200, and KB2894029. As we always do in these situations, we will not be providing any direct links to the leaked files.

The previous reports on GA Rollup A stated that the total download size was about 200 MB for the x64 version. There's been no indication of a leak for the x86 or Windows RT versions, but their download size is expected to be even smaller -about 100 MB.

Of course, everyone with Windows 8 installed on their PC could simply wait until Microsoft pulls the trigger on the official update to Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store. In the US time zones, that is expect to happen in the morning hours of October 17th, for everyone else, a day later.

Update: This update also appears to remove the "Secure Boot not configured" watermark, even if Secure Boot isn't configured.

Source: FaiKee on Twitter via WinBeta | Image via Microsoft

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As far as concerning the SecureBoot watermark, it looks like Windows 8.1 does not push its own certificates to the UEFI firmware. My own resolution prior to the GA update was to install the default certificates provided by the firmware.

Update: This update also appears to remove the "Secure Boot not configured" watermark, even if Secure Boot isn't configured.

After applying it still shows on my rig.

FaiKee said,
LOL, if you had been haunted by "Secure Boot not configured" watermark, you will love this update.

I just disabled Secure Boot to use Aero Glass, and installed these updates, and the message is still present.

I applied the update, only thing I notice that has changed is the OS version now reports 6.3.9600.16408 (was 6.3.9600.16404 before).


ManMountain said,
I applied the update, only thing I notice that has changed is the OS version now reports 6.3.9600.16408 (was 6.3.9600.16404 before).

IE got an update. The mini app bar now is present (metro IE)



Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
IE got an update. The mini app bar now is present (metro IE)

I dont think so, i already have the app bar in metro IE on my RTM tablet. All i ever did was run the published windows updates.

ManMountain said,
I applied the update, only thing I notice that has changed is the OS version now reports 6.3.9600.16408 (was 6.3.9600.16404 before).


Most of it is probably bug fixes and performance improvements I bet. Very little, if any, UI tweaks. The core apps will probably see updating though, I hope more often unless they make us wait yet again for the next version of the OS to update Mail and the rest once again.

Why are you saying this OS is for kids? Is simplicity not good enough, its clean and friendly and customizeable! Not to mention how stable and efficient it will be.i prefer Modern UI for its the future, desktop is boring and old fashion. w8.1 ftw!

jp.vdvyver said,
Why are you saying this OS is for kids? Is simplicity not good enough, its clean and friendly and customizeable! Not to mention how stable and efficient it will be.

If I remember correctly this is what was said for the Windows XP UI back in Beta 2.
Why feed the trolls?

Riva said,

If I remember correctly this is what was said for the Windows XP UI back in Beta 2.
Why feed the trolls?

i never knew they said that about XP, but oh well there will always be stupidity as Einstein said..

jp.vdvyver said,

i never knew they said that about XP, but oh well there will always be stupidity as Einstein said..

One of my earliest newsposts on XP (now lost ) I commented that it looked like a "Fisherprice OS" This was a retaliation after they removed the "Watercolor" theme from Beta 1 and used Luna in Beta 2.

Steven Parker said,

One of my earliest newsposts on XP (now lost ) I commented that it looked like a "Fisherprice OS" This was a retaliation after they removed the "Watercolor" theme from Beta 1 and used Luna in Beta 2.


oh yeH, Whistler did have a nice theme, so did post Longhorn with watercolor and Luna themes..

jp.vdvyver said,
Why are you saying this OS is for kids? Is simplicity not good enough, its clean and friendly and customizeable! Not to mention how stable and efficient it will be.i prefer Modern UI for its the future, desktop is boring and old fashion. w8.1 ftw!

Customizable my ass. Please tell me how can I group the icons from Start Screen in folders (not groups, folders!), or if I can to right-click and make a new text file pinned on it (like a new text file on desktop).

Mortis said,

Customizable my ass. Please tell me how can I group the icons from Start Screen in folders (not groups, folders!), or if I can to right-click and make a new text file pinned on it (like a new text file on desktop).

Windows 8 has you covered. It's a new feature I call 'The Desktop'.

Steven Parker said,

One of my earliest newsposts on XP (now lost ) I commented that it looked like a "Fisherprice OS" This was a retaliation after they removed the "Watercolor" theme from Beta 1 and used Luna in Beta 2.

Watercolour theme ftw!

TCLN Ryster said,

Windows 8 has you covered. It's a new feature I call 'The Desktop'.


So... If the desktop is superior to the Metro UI on desktops, why the need for the Metro Start Screen on a frickin' desktop os?

Mortis said,

So... If the desktop is superior to the Metro UI on desktops, why the need for the Metro Start Screen on a frickin' desktop os?

Go back and re-read what I posted before trolling next time. I never claimed that the desktop was superior to Metro UI on desktops. I merely said that for your two requirements (putting stuff in folders, and right clicking to create a text file), that the desktop was superior. Funny then, those two scenarios are not all that common. I always found the folders in the old start menu to be messy and disorganised, full of useless shortcuts placed there by the installers of those legacy apps. You only need one shortcut for an app, no need for a folder for it too. And no ability to right click to create a text file... come on, is that the best put down of Windows 8 you could come up with?

"According to Microsoft - These patches should be applied to the official RTM image before the official release (General Availability)."

notsureiftrue

Edited by Eric, Oct 13 2013, 12:29pm :

What that means is that there will be new images on TechNet/MSDN (downloadable digital) and retail with this rollup package already baked in. Poor wording but that's what the poster means.

This does not require you to slipstream before installing 8.1

In some years from now we will look back on this OS, and feel exactly the same as if we think of windows XP UI now, except this will be far worse. It really looks like an app for kids if you look at it long enough.

At 200MB for x64 it's almost like a service pack itself. Still, good to see they're working on it, typically the Windows team would take a break after hitting RTM with a new version for a month or something. No more vacations! After GA they should dive right into 8.2 or w/e.

Really now? Pretty much all SPs going back to Vista have been around 1 GB or more. You have .NET Framework updates that 3 times larger than that.

Mr. Dee said,
Really now? Pretty much all SPs going back to Vista have been around 1 GB or more. You have .NET Framework updates that 3 times larger than that.

That depends on how you install the SP, if you downloaded the whole thing as a exe and wanted to do a slipstream then yes, they get pretty big. If you let it go through Windows Update though, if you've been keeping up with past updates, often times the SP would be smaller for you in the end.