Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 get optional July updates

A set of optional updates has been released for Microsoft's Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems to address various issues which were not covered in the latest Patch Tuesday.

During the recent Patch Tuesday, which took place on 8th July, Microsoft patched two critical bugs and as many as 29 vulnerabilities, out of which 24 were related to Internet Explorer alone. Now, Microsoft has announced a few updates to address issues in their latest operating systems. Some of the issues covered by these updates include, fixes for translation and localization, USB related bugs, sleep issues on Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2, request failures and networking issues.

Detailed information about the updates can be found at Microsoft's support site. Although the updates will be available through Windows Update, users can also obtain them for the following operating systems for offline installation:

Windows RT 8.1 which runs on ARM based processors and is found in tablets such as the Surface, can only be updated through Windows Update.

Source: Microsoft Support

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WIndows 7 is no longer supported it seems as MS wants everyone to use a cell phone OS on their desktop.

Where is the love. Will I even get IE 12 or Office 2015 next year?

sinetheo said,
WIndows 7 is no longer supported it seems as MS wants everyone to use a cell phone OS on their desktop.

Where is the love. Will I even get IE 12 or Office 2015 next year?

What are you talking about "Windows 7 is no longer supported"? It's in mainstream support until at least January and it gets security updates for another 5 years after that.

THINK TWICE BEFORE DOING THIS UPDATE. I'v just done it and my computer won't find any of my bluetooth peripherals, with which it worked fine B4 the update. So it seems that it's this time's update to blame. I currently count on my bluetooth sculpt mouse to do any serious work on my laptop. I will be happy to hear anyone who has confronted and overcome this.

On the contrary, I had the opposite effect.

After installing my Intel 7260AC Bluetooth drivers, everything regarding Bluetooth disappeared from the OS. The device manager was showing it as a USB device (with unreadable device details or something like that). Couldn't get it to install again no matter how many times I uninstalled it and forced the correct folder for searching or manually installing.

Now after seeing this I see the updates were already installed and just needed a reboot. Now after reboot my Bluetooth icon came back in the system tray :p

The Windows RT 8.0 version of this update also seems to break the "jailbreak" script, so I had to go back and uninstall it. Glad it's an optional update.

Since due to last few months, Microsoft pushing Optional Update secretly, I carefully looked this month and ticked same size Optional Update and I can confirm that its already installed on my side.

If you were an early adopter and installed the "final" package before it went live on Windows Update, that update package was missing two feature packs. While the core update (KB2919355) would be installed, this will install the feature packs that were added after it went live on Windows Update.

They've done this several times before for 8.1. It's typically an optional update that's unchecked in WU. If you don't install it, some months later it's checked and installs automatically.

Sometimes these kinds of updates wreak havoc, so they're conservative.

It depends if you had "Install optional updates automatically" or not. I have it on default and optional updates don't automatically get selected.

primexx said,
well this is a little unusual

The only thing unusual I see about this update (and it is just one update, but for different platforms) is that somebody's decided it needed its own article on Neowin.

It was part of the set of updates pushed out on Tuesday and all of my system that *can* install it already have it, just like there's almost always an optional set of updates every month.