Windows 8.1 Spring Update back on Windows Update, links inside [Update]

The Spring Update for Windows 8.1 has been added back to Microsoft's Windows Update servers, and we have the links for x86, x64 and ARM versions below. These are official, and there's no reason to assume they are not RTM.

Windows 8.1 x86

kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​
kb2919355
kb2932046
kb2937592
kb2938439
kb2939087

Windows 8.1 x64

kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​
kb2919355
kb2932046
kb2937592
kb2938439
kb2939087

Windows RT 8.1  ARM

kb2919442   (you may already have this installed).​
kb2919355
kb2932046
kb2937592
kb2938439
kb2939087

The Updates must be installed in the following order (according to OEM documents):

  1. KB2919442  (you may already have this installed).
  2. KB2919355 
  3. KB2932046 
  4. KB2937592 
  5. KB2938439 
  6. KB2939087 

Others have had success doing it differently, but we here at Neowin have confirmed the above to be working. It's also possible that you will already have kb291442 installed. 

You can of course opt to wait it out and let Windows Update work its magic sometime at the beginning of April when it'll be rolled out worldwide. Or take the plunge and install now, please do note that the updates require multiple reboots, and may also be pulled from the download locations at any time, like what happened last time.

If this is the first time you're hearing about the Spring Update (or Update 1) you should probably wait for the official Windows Update roll-out, see what's new here for more details on what the update brings to Windows 8.1.

According to a post in our forums, these updates are the same as the previously leaked MSU's downloaded through the Windows Update registry trick (or build 17031). If you already installed this, there's no need to update.

Update (March 21 0.00 PDT): And predictably, Microsoft has again pulled all links for this update.

Thanks for the tip in our forums FaiKee!

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Shows that you should not install updates that are not officially out.

I will wait for the real thing. I don't want to brink my system over this non-sense.

And if MS are just putting them there to let people think they know everything about the actual update but have some features hidden in the real one, i think it is a very nice way to send some people on a run rofl. Hope they keep it up, it just shows that some will do anything to get something before others and to get attention.

Or we could all just wait till it come outs. Its not like your OS needs these updates right now, or it wont boot or do something else crucial. Be patient! Go and have a bacon sandwich or something!

When I installed the Spring Update, Windows Explorer crashed at least every 30 seconds...thankfully I managed to get System Restore going to fix it, but it was a nightmare...I'm waiting for MSDN to get it before I download it

TrekRich said,
Be patient! Go and have a bacon sandwich or something!

LOL, do you want them to have a heart attack before it's actually released or something :-p

cannot seem to install any updates now from Windows Update- says it is trying to install other updates (been a couple days now)

Also a quick question maybe someone could help me with. In the "Apps by Name" section i still have Browser Choice but have actually removed it. It still shows up in the list and there doesn`t seem to be way to remove it. Any ideas?

Riggers said,
Also a quick question maybe someone could help me with. In the "Apps by Name" section i still have Browser Choice but have actually removed it. It still shows up in the list and there doesn`t seem to be way to remove it. Any ideas?

If it is installed it will show up under apps. Just make sure you disable it in start up items (taskbar right click, taskmaster, start up items).

If you uninstall it it won't show up as an app, but Windows Update may pester you with it again if you do so.

The hashes for the x64 files incase anyone needs them

File: windows8.1-kb2919355-x64_e6f4da4d33564419065a7370865faacf9b40ff72.msu
Size: 724339463 bytes
Modified: 20 March 2014, 14:03:03
MD5: BE0A9DEB77577D5CD319F3A613265AB1
SHA1: E6F4DA4D33564419065A7370865FAACF9B40FF72
CRC32: B45C9B9F


File: windows8.1-kb2932046-x64_6aee5fda6e2a6729d1fbae6eac08693acd70d985.msu
Size: 50327684 bytes
Modified: 20 March 2014, 14:02:12
MD5: 0FE4081093AA9E5F07CAC80BEA0F0D7A
SHA1: 6AEE5FDA6E2A6729D1FBAE6EAC08693ACD70D985
CRC32: 42AEEAB7


File: windows8.1-kb2937592-x64_4abc0a39c9e500c0fbe9c41282169c92315cafc2.msu
Size: 309819 bytes
Modified: 20 March 2014, 14:01:53
MD5: 133C643D06D379F9B53B14883AEB59A9
SHA1: 4ABC0A39C9E500C0FBE9C41282169C92315CAFC2
CRC32: 398F818D

File: windows8.1-kb2938439-x64_3ed1574369e36b11f37af41aa3a875a115a3eac1.msu
Size: 20533883 bytes
Modified: 20 March 2014, 14:02:09
MD5: 980F8142D889A669774F722DB67AA207
SHA1: 3ED1574369E36B11F37AF41AA3A875A115A3EAC1
CRC32: 7BD7DD9B

File: windows8.1-kb2939087-x64_89d4949cd698c645c7a6e96a012eecab44d5c5e1.msu
Size: 1250105 bytes
Modified: 20 March 2014, 14:02:06
MD5: C44EED842D4156CDD59FA73E27917057
SHA1: 89D4949CD698C645C7A6E96A012EECAB44D5C5E1
CRC32: 559C7453

Now that the Windows-8.1 updates are out there. It is time for MS to get back to focusing on making Windows-9 truly suitable for all platforms--hint: a separate UI truly suitable for mouse/keyboard oriented machines.

TsarNikky said,
Now that the Windows-8.1 updates are out there. It is time for MS to get back to focusing on making Windows-9 truly suitable for all platforms--hint: a separate UI truly suitable for mouse/keyboard oriented machines.

Mine works fine with my keyboard/mouse. Perhaps yours are broken?

i installed them 10 hours ago and everything is fine, the changes are good but i want to be able to resize metro app windows like i do with desktop windows. Right now you just see them on the taskbar and can minimize them when in full screen but not drag to resize like normal desktop windows. Also, i had VLC for windows 8 installed before the updates and it crashed always while loading my music lib and now it works fine. Another thing, why can;t i have 3 side by side metro apps on screen at the same time at 1080p ?

Nah. Think I'll wait for it to show up on Windows Update. Sounds like it's 80/20 hit and miss currently. I don't feel like sitting through a re-install tonight.

BetaguyGZT said,
Nah. Think I'll wait for it to show up on Windows Update. Sounds like it's 80/20 hit and miss currently. I don't feel like sitting through a re-install tonight.
i agree i installed them and ended up reinstalling windows patch tuesdays updates wouldent install

I "attended" the ASI Spring Virtual Expo today. The Microsoft Partner Account Manager mentioned that Windows 8.1 Update (that's what he called it) will be posted for download on Microsoft's website on April 1, and sold as a slipstreamed DVD on May 1, 2014. The name on the OEM DVD packaging, as of today, will be "Windows 8.1 with Updates", but with the same SKU as the current Windows 8.1 OEM DVD. He said this was decided after discussions with both big and small partners. No mention of the previous download postings of the update.

404 - File or directory not found.
The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

damn im late

Here, got you covered: (X64) http://1drv.ms/1hJcbbx

I, too, found the link to KB2938439 a dead one, but still managed to pull it down from an alternative source. CRC32 checked and matched. Learned that trick from one Chinese friend - they have a "shadow copy" download service called Thunder or something. Could be pretty useful sometimes.

installed just fine, but had no right click menu on start menu, so i went back via system restore. i'll just wait for the official release.

cpl183 said,
installed just fine, but had no right click menu on start menu, so i went back via system restore. i'll just wait for the official release.

That's odd, after applying the second update (the other was installed), that feature was already active because I tried it before continuing to see if there were any changes.

I got an interesting error while installing KB2919355, a PRE_LEAK metion:

Log Name: Application
Source: Windows Error Reporting
Date: 3/20/2014 3:12:28 PM
Event ID: 1001
Task Category: None
Level: Information
Keywords: Classic
User: N/A
Computer: xxxx-PC
Description:
Fault bucket 94503841754, type 5
Event Name: RADAR_PRE_LEAK_64
Response: Not available
Cab Id: 0

Problem signature:
P1: TiWorker.exe
P2: 6.3.9600.17031
P3: 6.3.9600.2.0.0
P4:
P5:
P6:
P7:
P8:
P9:
P10:

I installed these updates to my tablet and desktop computer and they both seem to work without a glitch. It even seems to have fixed the annoying sleep bug from my 2520. Might be too early to tell, but so far so good. :)

sbasil said,
I installed these updates to my tablet and desktop computer and they both seem to work without a glitch. It even seems to have fixed the annoying sleep bug from my 2520. Might be too early to tell, but so far so good. :)

Please confirm this? Only issue with my 2520 and power cover...

...5 hours later --> tablet is still running just fine and wakes up from the sleep as it's supposed to. Before the update my tablet faced the sleep bug several times a day (without the USB root hub fix), but now it seems to work just ok without any other trickery. We'll see if the joy lasts. I hope so. Maybe this is IT! :D

Apparently it was too good to be true. Sleep bug came back. Blah! Oh well, disabling the power management for USB root hubs worked before, so I guess I'm going back to that again. :-/

Since your going to make the leap.

Download all 6 updates, and install them in the specified order in the article.
Reboot the machine every time it asks you. This will happen multiple times.
(Edit) Make sure you get the right ones, x86, x64, or Arm (aka Windows RT)

Edited by Jason Stillion, Mar 20 2014, 7:38pm :

I thought.. I'm feeling lucky today, so I downloaded and just finished installing them.. And yes, you will reboot 5 times.. But what the heck, I had 1 hour lunch break, so more than enough time to do it. It does feel snappier right away, especially explorer. As a 99% desktop user, this is a heaven sent. I don't care what others say, but it strikes a very good balance. And my mouse isn't angry anymore :D

I am running W8.1 x64 and all the updates went without a hitch, working fine now. I like how the Mail App once opened is now also on the taskbar when in Desktop mode.

Bug from the last leak is still there. On a domain network folder redirection no longer works after multiple users log in. The redirected folders are directed back locally. I'm guessing it has to do with something with group policy needing it's definitions updated.

Just checked the PolicyDefinitions folder. A few policies were updated but the FolderRedirction policy dates back to Windows 8.1 release. It looks like I really do need to test this updated thoroughly when it's officially released over Windows Update.

i have a problem i installed KB2919355 restarted it got past the windows logo then nothing just a black screen :(

i'm runnin win 8.1 x64

So we install these 6 and we'll be able to see the update on Windows Update?

Or are these actually the big spring update?

I did them all and still no sign in Windows Update

They are the update. I don't know why it's broken up into multiple updates instead of one big file, but once they're installed you're not going to see anything on Windows Update because you're already updated. Windows Update comes into play because there was a registry hack going around that allowed you to see these updates and install them through WU, even though they're not supposed to be available yet. I'm assuming by now that method has long since been made impossible.

Tempting, but I'm holding off for now, as I really don't feel like mutilating my termsrv.dll file again with a hex editor to get multiple RDP sessions/connections to work again. Unless, of course, that remains unchanged (which I doubt)...

I skipped out on this the first time around. However, I'm more confident about installing the updates since the evidence shows that they are pretty much RTM (or extremely close to). Besides, if everything goes south I'll just reinstall from my USB drive. One thing I like about ARM is how fast I'm up and running after a fresh install. :D

the hashes from OEM documentation match this is RTM the supposed build was actually a Hotfix that could be applied for OEMs so no worries! :D

The download is directly from Microsoft Server's, so it's not strange 3rd party download.
However it's not "officially" confirmed as done. Essentially your gambling. With the odd's being in your favor it's the version they will release.

Edited by Jason Stillion, Mar 20 2014, 1:31pm :

Jason Stillion said,
The download is directly from Microsoft Server's, so it's not strange 3rd party download.
However it's not "officially" confirmed is done. Essentially your gambling. With the odd's being in your favor it's the version they will release.

The odds aren't in your favour. Having received multiple oem versions of Win8 (Legally) which were rumoured in various places to be final cuts when in fact they weren't.

MS can and will pull any of these last moment for important changes.

Dot Matrix said,
Wait, isn't this warez? Where are these listed as final?

If they're accessible to the public on the official Microsoft servers then obviously they can't be considered "warez" (who even uses that term anymore?).

theyarecomingforyou said,

If they're accessible to the public on the official Microsoft servers then obviously they can't be considered "warez" (who even uses that term anymore?).

There`s a rather large website that uses it :p Where`s Canouna or WZOR when you need them..........oh wait :)

It's strongly rumored to be "final" with circumstantial evidence.
However until MS tells us or it official comes out, you won't know for sure.

Firstly, a MDL guy had posted a leaked OEM manufacturing document from MS.
2ndly, MS has posted in KB2941455 that it "has to be installed on RTM" platform".
These are the "circumstantial evidences", although not official, that 17031 is the RTM.
:)

There is definitely something wrong with these files. Another link indicates that file KB2919355 is 706 megs. The above KB2919355 is only 48 megs.

ir0nw0lf said,
Why 6 files, last time it was only 4 (on the majority of sites)? The first 4 were listed on most sites, the last 2?

I might be mistaken, but I think other leaked sites had 6 updates, some information differing from neowin last time.

Jason Stillion said,

I might be mistaken, but I think other leaked sites had 6 updates, some information differing from neowin last time.

I installed the previously released version of the Spring Update in a VM and it was definitely 6 files.

They didn't say that; "These are official, and there's no reason to assume they are not RTM."

ASSUME being the important word you didn't include. But they are official in the sense that they are on the MS Servers.

They don't only MS and it's partners know for sure. But it's there if you want to try it and it's "probably" RTM; that's all NeoWin are saying.

Didn't they say that was a build that comes after the spring update? Sorta like when an OS goes RTM, they start working on the next release.

Why post these if yourselves have already posted that it may not be the final build? something changed? is this the final build ?