Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked online

As anticipated by many people, a X64 version of the Windows 8.1 2014 Update has been leaked online by a site in Poland (note the watermark in the images).

Changes in build 9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237:

  • Pinning metro apps to desktop taskbar.
  • Classic taskbar in ModernApp (Bugged).
  • Link to classic Control Panel in PC Settings.
  • Shutdown button on the start screen.
  • Search button on the start screen.
  • Context Menu appears when you right-click on the ModernApp (Tiles).
  • Title on the ModernApp and close button.
  • Sorted App list in Apps screen (all programs) by default.
  • Update Internet Explorer to 11.0.3.
  • Hidden "Enterprise Mode" in Internet Explorer (in develop).

As always we can't directly link to the build, but you'll probably find it on your favorite torrent site.

Thanks for the tip FaiKee!

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Fritzly said,
I do not think so, it was compiled in mid January.

Thanks. Wasn't mentioned anywhere in the article. Will stay clear, haven't got the hours in the day any more to fuss around with OS reinstalls.

Dot Matrix said,
The context menu on the start screen is completely unwarranted.

What you find "completely unwarranted" I find totally natural for a mouse/keyboard environment. Touch should still behave just as it has before.

Chris123NT said,

What you find "completely unwarranted" I find totally natural for a mouse/keyboard environment. Touch should still behave just as it has before.

There was nothing wring with the context bar at the bottom.

Dot Matrix said,

There was nothing wring with the context bar at the bottom.


For touch the context bar is fine, for mouse it's not what people expect, and the context menu has been proven to be more user friendly for mouse users. The UX team has done lab studies on this, they don't just make a change unless they have data to support that change (with the exception of Windows 8, usability studies on the 8 UI for KB/Mouse were non-existent).

Chris123NT - that much isn't in dispute. What I have found problematical is that so many pointing-device users are so willing to throw keyboard-centric users under the bus in their trying to slam the door on touch-screen users.

PGHammer - I don't think anyone is trying to slam the door on touch users. Touch in Update 1 still functions exactly as it did before, and keyboard should be the same as well. Most of the issues with the UX in 8, and 8.1 to a lesser extent revolved around it being clumsy with a mouse. If you remember MS's retort to the complaining about 8 when it first shipped was to "use the keyboard".

Chris123NT said,

For touch the context bar is fine, for mouse it's not what people expect, and the context menu has been proven to be more user friendly for mouse users. The UX team has done lab studies on this, they don't just make a change unless they have data to support that change (with the exception of Windows 8, usability studies on the 8 UI for KB/Mouse were non-existent).

How do you select multiple tiles by right clicking if the context menu comes up with the right click?

Or are they adding a marquee to make up for that? I'd just find that messy.

I agree with Dot Matrix. There's nothing inherently natural about context menus for a mouse and keyboard interface .. they didn't always even exist, they only started appearing in W95 and MacOS has avoided them more. I like them to an extent; they have their uses. But its also not the holy grail of a mouse based interface.

Either way, they need to make the context menus look more modern, the look is outdated.

It will work with any virtualization software that supports 8 and 8.1 - I have it installing in Hyper-V (Server 2012R2) as I type this. Chris123NT - those changes are almost exclusively for the benefit of those that are pointing-device-centric (which is a rather large number of folks); those of us that are keyboard-centric largely won't care. As it is, regular Control Panel was present in the QuickTask context menu that arrived with Windows 8.1 (right-click on the Windows logo - a feature put there for pointing-device users; touch-screen users will neither see it, or use it).

MariosX said,
When the update is scheduled for release?
And why do they call it update 1 instead of service pack?

Service packs (except for XP SP2) have only been a collection of bug fixes and so on, they used to also do feature packs at one point that added new things, now they've taken the two and put them together as one. You can think of this update as more than a service pack, so it's got a different name.