Windows 8.1 update 1 build 16610 MSU leaks

Another build of Windows 8.1 update 1 has leaked but this time, it’s the MSU that is available for download which makes this leak, a bit harder to install. 

The build is 9600.16610 and the MSU leak requires you to perform an update to an existing, fresh RTM install with all applicable updates applied.

In short, you can’t download an .iso and install this leak and you'll need to jump through a few hoops to correctly install the build.

As we had previously reported, there aren't a lot of new features inside the build but we know that enthusiasts will install this leaked build anyway. The update includes the ability to pin apps to your taskbar, access bars on the top of modern apps, IE11 enterprise mode and a few other tidbits here and there.

The update 1 for Windows 8.1 is not intended to be a major upgrade for the platform but it does look like there will be many enhancements baked in that should make using the modern environment a bit more mouse and keyboard friendly.

As with any leaked build of Windows, install at your own risk as the OS could be unstable and do non-repairable harm to your machine.

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There's a new "View Connection Settings" button at the top of the wireless networks bar, plus right-click options (Forget this network, Set as metered connection etc.) are back for wireless networks. Loving this update!

stefanorickeets said,
There's a new "View Connection Settings" button at the top of the wireless networks bar, plus right-click options (Forget this network, Set as metered connection etc.) are back for wireless networks. Loving this update!

People will still whine. There is no pleasing the haters. They will. Hate.

All in all, except the completely unnecessary search and power button plastered to the Start Menu, this update seems very solid.

I also just realized that mouse and keyboard users can no longer select multiple apps to re-size, uninstall, drag etc. on the start screen. I don't know how you're going to make it work but please put it back Microsoft.

I am sure MS will fix that, I mean they're not releasing this update so it breaks fundamental interface. They'll make it ugly but I doubt they'll break it.

No matter what one reads here, this is not a finished product. There's probably almost two months until it is released. It will be refined before release. UI features added and or dropped - depending on how they test and real world needs.

Right-click menu is old (was in original 8 - see references to QuickTask). Power button is something I no longer use (instead, I use QuickTask for this). Unless you are pointing-device-centric, the only real addition was the Store is now on the Taskbar by default, and boot-to-desktop is the default with the MSU (but is not with the full-version leak). Installed on 8.1 ProWMC (after fixing drive space issue) successfully, and activation stayed (as it should). Last test will be over the weekend - installing the x64 updates to Server 2012R2 (yes - the same update applies there as well - in x64 only, of course).

I just installed it too (via a .torrent).

Quick and easy - Works with my (legitimate) product key.

Love this new stuff, too: The apps on the desktop, the right-click menu, the new power button (Although I still went via the Charms bar to restart...lol)

Very, very good stuff....Still exploring...

It's installation size is supposed to be smaller than 8.1.

Did you guys notice any decrease in size of your Windows folder?
Would be a boon for those of us with small SSDs.

You'll still want to have at least 10 GB free on your boot partition - I tried with half that and failed right at the tail end, literally (went to 99% and rolled back). I've freed up more space and am trying again. The first half was successful - it was the bigger update that failed.

It could be just an impression but it seems that after installing Update 1 my system is quicker and faster.
Interesting...

Would be nice to collapse the apps list headings in the Start Screen. So all you will see is Microsoft Office and then click and it expands to show you the MS Office apps installed. Or at least be able to change the color of the titles.

quick note though if you notice really slow IE performance check to see if Hardware rendering is on for some reason it disables it

The taskbar that pops up in auto-hide mode when within a Modern app (Metro) was supposed to make easier for those who prefer desktop-oriented environment.

However, that only works if you have "Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar" enabled. So technically it means that this design is more oriented for the Modern app environment, rather than just for the classic desktop.

I'd like to see AppData get it's own default shortcut I'm noticing a lot of programs (new ones anyway) try to install there by default and some won't even let you change the location. (minecraft being the most common).

Rather than have to navigate there, or type in %appdata%, we should just have a simple icon in place for the masses. Sure you can create your own, but the point here is make it available out of the box.

I used to be one of those enthusiasts who was installing all the beta versions and leaked build of Windows. But after win 8 debacle I lost my interest. They better bring win 9 back to good old desktop mode if they really think about making windows relevant in future.

Auditor said,
I used to be one of those enthusiasts who was installing all the beta versions and leaked build of Windows. But after win 8 debacle I lost my interest. They better bring win 9 back to good old desktop mode if they really think about making windows relevant in future.

"Good old..." "Relevant in the future..."

K...

Auditor said,
I used to be one of those enthusiasts who was installing all the beta versions and leaked build of Windows. But after win 8 debacle I lost my interest. They better bring win 9 back to good old desktop mode if they really think about making windows relevant in future.
Correct!

Same here. Used every leak of vista (starting with early longhorn builds) and every Windows 7 leak (I remember having to do a mod to enable the superbar). However.. with 8 it became an excited to see if they reverse decisions I felt poor... not an excited to install.

Interesting observation..."a bit more mouse and keyboard friendly." Windows will have to do a lot more than "a bit" if Microsoft has any expectation that a huge number of businesses and serious consumer content creators will move from XP and Windows-7. Of course, Windows-9 could solve the existing UI "debacle." We'll just have to wait and see. Other OS providers are not just sitting idly by and are eager to pick up additional customers.

TsarNikky said,
Interesting observation..."a bit more mouse and keyboard friendly." Windows will have to do a lot more than "a bit" if Microsoft has any expectation that a huge number of businesses and serious consumer content creators will move from XP and Windows-7. Of course, Windows-9 could solve the existing UI "debacle." We'll just have to wait and see. Other OS providers are not just sitting idly by and are eager to pick up additional customers.

Nice, but if you could try it with a bit more passive-aggressiveness and even more self-righteousness. I feel you're toning it down. Tell us how Microsoft will hurt if they don't cave into your pet demands. Then tell us that your pet demands are in fact shared by "the vast majority". Amuse us.

What're the changes over the previous leak? The article states "The update includes the ability to pin apps to your taskbar, access bars on the top of modern apps, IE11 enterprise mode and a few other tidbits here and there", but unless I'm mistaken all that seems to have been included in the previous leaked version as well?

Not sure if it was present in the previous build but now, using a mouse, the taskbar appears at the bottom while using Metro apps.

siah1214 said,
Would this work on the surface rt?

I don't think so, these are x86 leaks and not for ARM. The wait isn't going to be that long so I'd rather wait and not risk it on a RT device.

siah1214 said,
Would this work on the surface rt?

Wouldn't even try it. Windows RT is its own thing, and there would be no way to install it, without breaking a tons of things, and possibly bricking the tablet.

No, but its of the same branch. (in final stages)

I would personally make a ghost copy of Windows (clone hard drive) before install this. When its finally released by microsoft restore this backup then install the official one.

Did you sign in with your "regular" MS account?
I am tempted to install it but using my account makes me a little bit uncomfortable.

Maybe they can make the drag to close gesture work better on a touchscreen. Works fine with a mouse, but rarely with my finger on my Surface.

The drag from top to bottom to close a metro app gesture works fine for me on both my surfaces, and my Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro touch laptop. What problems are you having? It works flawlessly for me.

I can place my finger at the middle top, but the close procedure rarely starts. I usually end up switching to Start and closing the app from the sidebar. Is there a particular spot I need to hit?

Nope. You just glide your finger in from the top edge... the "close" animation won't actually start until you've dragged your finger down quite a ways though (to differentiate it from just "swiping in from the top" to get the app bars). So just as long as your finger doesn't break contact with the screen, dragging down from the top will unsnap the app about the time your finger hits half-way... you can then either drag it to the left to put it back on the "Switcher" dock, or move it around to snap it to half the screen, or to the bottom to close it.

It's very natural and has always worked perfectly for me.

Thanks, I'll keep at it. Learning the touch stuff after using Metro for a year with mouse & keys was a little challenging. Using a mouse with Metro is more efficient to me after approaching it from that direction.

DConnell said,
I can place my finger at the middle top, but the close procedure rarely starts. I usually end up switching to Start and closing the app from the sidebar. Is there a particular spot I need to hit?

I usually place my finger in the bezel before dragging down. Works flawlessly for me.

Dot Matrix said,
I usually place my finger in the bezel before dragging down. Works flawlessly for me.
Same here, never had a problem with it ever. My only wish is that they do something about the gesture to restart apps - currently it's too slow because it's combined with the close gesture (drag app partially down, wait for it to "flip", drag back up).

While I prefer it to any previous version of Windows there's still a lot that I find annoying, mostly relating to the implementation of Metro. This update looks like a step in the right direction but most of these changes are what I and others were calling for from the beginning. Unfortunately I think it will take Windows 9 to set things back on track and I hope that Microsoft prices it reasonably, especially for owners of Windows 8 / 8.1.

Does anyone know if this update will remove the stupid Metro bar that appears when you click on the network icon in the system tray? It annoys me that it has less functionality than the system it replaced which was optimised for the desktop.

theyarecomingforyou said,
While I prefer it to any previous version of Windows there's still a lot that I find annoying, mostly relating to the implementation of Metro. This update looks like a step in the right direction but most of these changes are what I and others were calling for from the beginning. Unfortunately I think it will take Windows 9 to set things back on track and I hope that Microsoft prices it reasonably, especially for owners of Windows 8 / 8.1.

Does anyone know if this update will remove the stupid Metro bar that appears when you click on the network icon in the system tray? It annoys me that it has less functionality than the system it replaced which was optimised for the desktop.


lol, I didn't notice how annoying that bar was until you mentioned it, it doesn't support "delete" or "forget this network" with a right click.

1. I disabled "gestures" on my track pad.
2. I installed Classic Shell


Since my laptop is not touch screen I usually spend most of my time in the Desk top app. So far my interaction with Metro/Modern UI is at a minimum

Looking forward to the official Microsoft released one. Does not matter when to me, just that it is ready is important.

Erikas said,
Looking forward to the official Microsoft released one. Does not matter when to me, just that it is ready is important.

You make it sound like this isn't the RTM version

astroXP said,

You make it sound like this isn't the RTM version


Considering how much the words "leak" and "delay" have been used the last few weeks...