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Windows 8.1 Spring Update now rolling out globally

Today, Microsoft has kicked off the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1, the highly anticipated release for the desktop operating system and RT devices like the Surface 2. What makes this update special to consumers is the vast array of improvements implemented for mouse and keyboard users.

Windows 8 was a major step forward for touch, introducing numerous Windows-based tablets, but it’s time the classic peripheral setup received some much needed attention. If you're rocking Windows 8 and/or Windows 8.1, be sure to check the store and/or system updates to see if it’s available in your region.

Do you require some a refresher as to what's new in this version of Windows 8.1? Check the below video or this blog post from Microsoft:

As noted above, the release isn't available everywhere just yet (we weren't able to locate it here in the UK), so be patient and let us know in the comments if you have received Update 1 already.

Source: Microsoft

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rockstarzzz says:

Got it in the UK! Yay!

sholokov says:

Ready to roll in CT (USA)
Edit: Just wanted to add that Office also updated on RT
Edit 2: Just installed. Mouse controls are definitely better. Touch stays unaffected but responsive on Surface RT.
Edit 3: Has anyone noticed changing icons in taskbar depending on which folder or page you are on in an app? Example would be clicking different folders and drives in Explorer changes the icon in the taskbar. It's like a quick "Glance Tile/icon".

heywhitmarsh says:

As far as I know, windows 8.1 explorer has always changed the icon in the taskbar.

Gabranth says:

Downloading in Indonesia

lansir says:

Just got it here in Australia

NIST says:

And to remove Boot to desktop,,, right click on desktop toolbar, choose Properties, then choose the navigation tab, then uncheck the first box under Start Screen. Apply then Reboot.

does anyone know how to use the metro apps on the desktop?? and most of the metro apps i open now (fb, store, twitter, bing) doesnt seem to have a minimize button but only an 'X' button on the top right. is there an option that i have to check/uncheck?

NIST says:

I usually run my metro apps side by side with my desktop. Just drag in and slide to resize.

SeanMcCrory says:

Running Metro apps in a window on the desktop is coming in a later update. This feature was announced and shown at Build. MS said it was coming later this year.

Nesdam1981 says:

Not true. It this update. I just installed the update and it's there. This was also confirmed earlier that it was this update...

SeanMcCrory says:

Wrong. I also have this update. You cannot use the metro apps in a windowed mode on the desktop in this update. You can only snap them like you always could. The windowed mode plus the new start menu are coming in a later update.

Nesdam1981 says:

Open start menu, right click an app and choose the option you want to use.

Aashish13 says:

So I expect WP 8.1 tomorrow?

What? How does logic work in your world? lol

avigyan says:

Maybe. I would personally love to see that happen from someone like MS who is usually not good with surprises.

cyborg4 says:

I'm sorry, this sort of behavior should not be tolerated. Overtly racist stereotypes? NOT on.

avigyan says:

Absolutely correct. But more importantly, WP fans. And this, my friend, is WPCentral, not...some kind of "show-them-their-position-central". Sweet you. :)

Don't you dare say that!

Mayur says:

What are you? Shame of a human race? :-\

ymcpa says:

Everytime Microsoft tries to surprise customers, people start complaining that they don't listen to customers. Surprises work for Apple. For a comapny that has a large amount of enterprise customers, surprises aren't good.

Jaskys says:

Well MS wants to unify everything, why not unify OS update cycles? They got the same name already(almost), so why not sync up update times?

The only reason not to do it is to get more press and publicity attention, that's why they didn't release any update at build, smart move

sahib lopez says:

you know when you said that i thought about femals and thier periods o.o

Jaskys says:

Well your life is fucked up then or you're female but you don't know it yet...

Second option seems viable..

Updating OS cycles is happening. But Phone, which has to go through carriers and OEMs, is a bit different for updates than say your PC, which requires no such process. Shoot, if updates come out in the same quarter that is still syncing. Doesn't mean it has to be the same day.

Jaskys says:

Oh, i forgot good ol' carriers

In my country it isn't a problem but in US it's a disaster

abhishake620 says:

fo the pirated ones get it tooo ....hate to be that guy

Jaskys says:

Pirated WP8.1?

@Daniel Rubino, what is Microsoft's stance on updating Windows Phone without carrier's intervention (like how Apple rolls the ball)? Have you heard about their future plans regarding this matter in conference (or from sources)?

Please revert. 8-)

Jaskys says:

MS can't afford doing that, it would be a suicide

WP simply isn't popular enough to get balsy against carriers

wrm1 says:

Microsoft gave the ability to update without the carriers through the developer preview program. Without it my Lumia 810 would never have seen GDR3.

MadSci2 says:

Daniel. How does this affect tablets with cell support then?

lerimer says:

thats where apple will always have an advantage... they update iphones 3, 4 or even 5 times in a year.... no carrier bull...

 

It doesn't HAVE to.

They just make us put up with that malarkey for some damn reason. If I were them, I'd give the carriers a big middle finger and update whenever.

As a user, I could care less what the radio waves think of my data. It would be like caring if the water company likes me making tea with their water, it's not their business.

Aashish13 says:

And if it comes tomorrow Daniel would u gift me a cortanan tshirt?

I will give you a thousand dollars and a Cortana shirt if it comes tomorrow.

Idiosyncrasy says:

#cortanacashhaveawesome

How about a touch screen monitor instead of the thousand dollars? Should save you like $600!

mtav1 says:

This is a Warren Buffet type of bet, "I will give you a billion dollars when you make pigs fly". Hint: It's not gonna happen.
Nothing like a sure thing.

nickros182 says:

if i say it comes out today can i get a million??? no need for the shirt:)

DarwinPurol says:

He lives from the past. He will open his computer tomorrow.

abhimanyuG says:

If it is so Important to you you can download and install the update.

It is available in six downloadable patches. It was on official microsoft website till yesterday but they have removed it now.Some tech sites have already downloaded and uploaded mirrors.

you can get it if you really need it.

He's talking about the phone update.

ripthuggery says:

Daniel I feel you. I'm dying over here lol

I know Windows and Windows Phone are getting united... But not certainly to that extent..! Windows 8 receives update today and tomorrow you are expecting Windows Phone's update?? Naah!

I thot wp 8.1 rolling out. Godd.

Jaskys says:

Didn't thumbnail picture already give out that it's an update for pc....?

Pratik Mehta says:

I so wished it was WhatsApp update

Moodi1520 says:

+1520 we really need that update.

FFugue says:

What we need is a WPCentral Windows 8 app update. There is currently no way to get email notifications to people replying to us when we right a comment using the Windows 8 app, so everytime I write a comment I first have to get my phone or go to the website to make sure I'm notified if someone replies to my comment.

Oh, and... what's wrong with Whatsapp? Everything works fine on my side. It has all the same features as my friends' Whatsapp on iPhone, and it's much nicer to look at!

Oh, and... I wrote this comment using the Windows 8 WPCentral app, so I won't get notified if I get a reply, so no need to answer my question...

Available in Sweden, installing right now!

Wael Hasno says:

Yup, checked in the morning and nothing. Woke up now, checked my beloved Surface 2 and the update was there, waiting for me. Along with a bunch other updates.

DBDev says:

Not for me in Sweden

Jakeway says:

I sm in the UK and I just got it..... Well it says 8.1 on the download list.

Not yet in the India , but I do received patch Tuesday updates.

I have got it in india.

WPUser111 says:

Wp8.1 on?????????

ahmedjan87 says:

Some say 10th some say 14th

...on the day Microsoft flips the switch, correct.

Raesu says:

Is the UX team still coding? Any update? Can't wait...

sunnybyday says:

that's not how coding works bro! Its done days/weeks ago :)

Raesu says:

Wpcentral said the core team is finished, but 8.1 has not gone RTM yet due to UX team ironing out some bugs.

KK SARMA says:

Why the firmware update are only OTA(over the air)?... In olden days we update our symbian Nokia phones by two ways: OTA and OTI (over the internet via Nokia Suite). There are so many people who doesn't have any free WiFi hotspots nearby here in India, and also the Updates will not download via Cellular Data connection, then how should we Update our phones? OTI method is best update option for us.

hoogemark says:

Not yet in the Netherlands :(

Downloading right now on my Dutch Surface 2 About 870 mb.

I'm looking for customizable old classic Start Button with live tiles?... where is it...???

Jas00555 says:

Does it have any extra advantages for Surface Pro users or is this just mainly adding mouse and keyboard support?

TLRtheory says:

We'll still get a power button and search by our username for quick and easy search/power off.

brunoland says:

Is Germany out?
I won't have any time to test for few hours more.

From FIFA 2014? Not yet..

Spanish and Brazilians are ready for y'all.

Nonetheless, its gonna be F.U.N   :D

BTW, Microsoft's updates are normally rollout on Tuesday and takes few hours to reach all regions (Wednesday max and it would be available worldwide).

Downloading now.

US. Texas.

pw38 says:

How do you have it and I don't and I'm in the same state? lol

Evil magic.

It showed up on my Surface RT, but on on either install of 8.1 on big computers, so clearly a dark wizard is at work.

sqlchicken says:

How? Windows Store or Update?

rockstarzzz says:

Update. Windows Update. Not store.

ncxcstud says:

Is this the same update that leaked a couple weeks ago that people downloaded the KB files?

infinidim says:

In uk but not got it yet

Just got it in the UK now

dwshobhit says:

What is the size of update...??

spazzmeister says:

I too am interested in this information.

dwshobhit says:

I need because I am using my limited data plan.. And WiFi is not working on my PC.

FFugue says:

I don't know if I'm missing something, but on my side it says it's about 30 megs... maybe not all the updates are showing yet I don't know...

FFugue says:

Actually, there was a couple of updates (30 megs) to do before the real update. The real update is over 800 megs...

katlo says:

How to update? I have to wait for it to show in store?

ahmedjan87 says:

Windows update not store

Studio384 says:

Not for Belgium, through other Patch Tuesday updates are available already.

koekieNL says:

Also for Surface RT1?

I'm wondering the same thing.

GrayW0lf says:

It should be. I downloaded the individual files for RT a while ago and installed them on my Lumia 2520. It works fine on my tablet.

JPHIL46664 says:

yep. i have it on my RT1

SpaceyO says:

Got all 5 updates, they're installed, and nothing happened. Not one of the new functions. Any help?

NYRbeezer says:

Yeah uh you got the regular patch tuesday updates not the Update 1.

romant56 says:

Same thing happened to me on my Venue Pro and two laptops.  People on neowin are saying the same thing.

TLRtheory says:

Doesn't seem like it's actually available yet. Just updated my Surface Pro 2, HTPC and Steam Box... none of them got anything new (In the US).

FFugue says:

After doing the standard updates go back in updates, search for updates again. It will find it but you need to click on details to manually select it.

joanzen says:

Same for me. I got a bunch of regular patch updates, but not the one we're all waiting for (KB2919355). I've tried checking manually several times since the reboot, but nothing yet.

klose91 says:

lol, at 7 pm (German Time) I tried to search for new update since this is the 10 am PT here and got a bunch of updates including some for Windows 8.1 thought the Spring Update would be also there, but lol, nothing was kinda surprised after my PC restarted and nothing seems to be changed...

Nickkk101 says:

same here in the UK, currently 'installing' on my Surface 2 but my Acer laptop recieved a bunch of updates and like you said, nothing changed.. its exactly the same. Does this mean that Update 1 is still out there then? i didnt see any specific mention in the updates aside from what i normally see, a bunch of security updates. also the update history doesnt include those i just installed...hmmm.

Edit: MJ Foley just tweeted that what we appear to be seeing is the regular patch Tues updates and NOT Update 1... must be en route soon. Confusing!

klose91 says:

Yeah, read that tweet too. But really, they should have included the Spring Update too into this normal Patch Tuseday. Hope we don't have to wait until tomorrow to get the Update.
Edit: Wow, after 1h 30min, the Update is in the Windows Update~ Can't beleive it. ^^

FFugue says:

Go back in the updates section and click on search for updates. It'll find it. You then need to manually select it. I guess since it's 800 megs they didn't want it to install automatically or some people would have been mad.

kinaton says:

My update session was 1080mb or so

mevalmvm says:

What's the update called?

DJCBS says:

Ok...I just got almost 1GB worth of updates...yet Update 1 wasn't in it.

I'm usinging Windows 8.1 Pro 64bits. So, I guess they also issued a bunch of patch updates too before sending 8.1 U1? And I'm pretty sure I wasn't behind on updates since I checked for updates 3 hours ago and nothing showed up.

Jas00555 says:

What type of computer are you using? My Surface Pro did the same thing...

adrews00 says:

Yeah same here ....just happend the exact same thing with me...

kinaton says:

There was a large patch, didn't see if it was for office 2013 or win8

Tim Benjamin says:

Installing final update now in Atlanta on my S2

I can see many new updates in Windows update section, Including Office 2013 too. :). INDIA

louisoneal says:

Mouse seems fas...

abhishake620 says:

will it some to the not so genuine ones also........... pirated ones..?

Judas20 says:

Why would you use a pirated version?

abhishake620 says:

Why not use one...? Not everyone can afford say 100 $ for a piece of software

Judas20 says:

Hmmm... I don't know maybe because it's stealing

abhishake620 says:

The way I see it some guy uploaded it on the internet and I am just making the most of my internet connection...

Dk92 says:

Lol, that's one way of looking at it..

Judas20 says:

Do you realise how much money software companies like MS loses because of people like you?

abhishake620 says:

Dude chill the world had more things to worry about than piracy.... Besides in 6 months when I do go into the IT field I will get a genuine one, no worries till then though I will make the most of those websites.... M$ has the enterprise market to make money.... Back to the question will we be able to get the update or not....?

link68759 says:

Not much at all, actually.

 

That said, there's no fucking excuse to have not bought 8.0 when it was $40 the other year.

xboxonthego3 says:

...because it's illegal....

link68759 says:

Should have bought 8.0 when it was $40.

thinkdan says:

Oh this guy again.... He's obsessed with piracy.

milho says:

5 regular Tuesday updates, but no Spring update yet in Hungary.

viralgajera says:

Wp8.1 update please, make it,fast

pr0phecy says:

got a bunch of other updates, but no update 1. Dutchland.

w8ing wp 8.1))

 

Installed it but there must be some serious problems with this update because I can't see anything from those update 1 changes on my PC. I don't have any of them. I can't see e.g. the shutdown button on the top-right corner of the start screen. I've no idea what have happend. Can anybody help me or have same problems?

High Heels says:

I can help you. Just wait for the Update to come. What you have installed is just bunch of regular security updates. :D

instantk says:

XP+8.1. Dual boot dual feelings.

It's 11:30 PM in India and no update has been detected yet except some office 2013 and IE flash update

MarkTurbo says:

I saw a whole bunch if updates which I assumed were part of 'Update 1'. I installed them, my laptop rebooted, but I don't see any of the new features! Checked for updates again and there's nothing new! I clearly don't have 'Update 1' yet. Anyone else get sold a dummy?

See my message above. I have probably the same problem as you have MarkTurbo.

High Heels says:

See my reply above... ;)

I did all the first batch but I just got another update that is taking a long time to download and install. hopefully this could be update 1. I am in the Uk. fingers crossed.

MarkTurbo says:

I kept checking again and persistence paid off. The real 'Update' appeared and it is now installed! :-)

I just checked an hour back and there weren't any updates. I rechecked once again a few minutes back and I got a bulk of updates, 5 for W8.1 and the remaining for MS Office 2013. Looks like India will get Update 1 tomorrow as its already 11:40 PM (IST) here.

Mafiatounes says:

I thought the same updated and thought it was 8.1.1 but clearly it is only patch tuesday updates without 8.1.1. Hope they release it today.

herbertsnow says:

This is the first update I may never install. It's just backwards.

sholokov says:

Its not. Touch stayed the same.

herbertsnow says:

I'm using a desktop and I like it how it is. I don't need this mouse user hand holding crap.

lancguy says:

I totally agree. I didn't need or want these "improvements". But MS announced that if you had 8.1 installed, you have to install this update or you will not get any future security update. Luckily, I was able to turn off boot to desktop, show AP in task bar, re-unable the side AP task bar. It was a pain to do. But I got it done. Now if I can figure out how to get rid of the stupid title bar. This update sucks, it's a major step backwards.

herbertsnow says:

I'm not going to install this crap until I find a way to remove everything. This update is for idiots. Just look at the search bar on the startscreen.

lancguy says:

The problem is, if you don't install it, you won't get any future security update if you installed 8.1. That really sucks. For the most part I got it to behave almost like pre-update.

herbertsnow says:

If you go back to 8.0 you'll be fine.

The menus added to the start screen look like... Well, like discarded bodily tissues.

Dried, shriveled and horrid, cut off from the healthy body and left to rot. Whoever thought of mixing the bland desktop style menus with Metro needs psychotherapy.

drg says:

just installed it and yeah big dissapointment the way MS is giving in to dumb consumer demands. i hate how i can't no longer put my mouse at the top of the app, drag down and close. and the right click menu on the start screen is pretty ugly. argh!

cyborg4 says:

Us wp users are still w8ting :P

High Heels says:

No luck in Czech Republic yet, only W8.1 security and Office updates...

NIST says:

I downloaded it yesterday. Pft whateva.

Blkacesvf41 says:

Whatta barnacle? 1:30pm Central time and nothing yet!!!!

My wife's Surface RT is getting the update... but my SP2 and laptop did not get it.... will  commandeer at her Surface to get a look at it. ;)

Can't seem to edit my post... Its back.... downloading now on my SP2 and laptop. :)

Chris Coyle says:

No update US Maine.

Mattsessions says:

Almost done installing, can't wait to check it out.

migueli2 says:

Downloading on Surface 2, but my desktop Windows 8 Pro not detecting any update :-)

JPHIL46664 says:

try restart your pc :)

juanitoriv says:

Today is also the day that Mars, the Sun and Earth ate aligned. The 14th is when Mars and the Earth are at their closest..

Coincidence????

Installing now, Georgia US

ldp247 says:

Are the first Gen Surface RT and Pro included in this update?

msftguy says:

does it have start menu ? or we have to wait for that update ?

BryanLM says:

No start menu, the start menu is f*ck'n retarded, go back to the 90s, its people that want the start menu back that are slowing down the progress of technology.

msftguy says:

well not everybody has latest touch hardware and ready to accept changes. I saw some screenshots new start menu looked very nice ...

kinaton says:

And some makers are supply win8 on none touch laptops

makarand14 says:

12:06 AM in India and I'm able to download the Windows 8.1 Update 1

887.6 MB in total :)

mevalmvm says:

I m not getting it! What kind of pc have?

apecx92 says:

got the update! windows 8.1 pro 64 bits. (Malaysia here)

Windows 8.1 Update for x64-based Systems (KB2919355)

Download size: 887.6 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Important

Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative set of security updates, critical updates and updates. You must install Windows 8.1 Update to ensure that your computer can continue to receive future Windows Updates, including security updates. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

 

cooljatt says:

just got the update in austria . downloading right now :) 887.6mb in windows update ..

PradeepKr says:

Installing manually from Microsoft Download centre. Not available yet via Windows Update.

Just a question do I have to get the Windows 8.1 Update first and then this or can I directly update from Windows8 to Windows 8.1.1 Thanks in Advance :)

Zarnywoop says:

Need to do the two-step, ie "8.0" to "8.1", and then "8.1" to "8.1 update 1".

Eye D 10 T says:

It's downloadable in St Louis.

chad08er says:

Updating Cali :)

erasure25 says:

Same here!!!!!!! 887.6 mb!!!!!!!!!

chad08er says:

Awesome update for us mouser's :)

sumton says:

downloading as we speak

hermanax says:

In US, you have to click "view details" and check the Update 1 because it's not automatically checked with regular patch Tuesday

razzellu says:

Thank you, this is just what was needed.  Downloading now in FL.

Ukscooter says:

England - Downloading 8.1 update along with 26 others to my Surface Pro 2 - can't wait to see it!

gahbmwm5 says:

Via MaryJoFoley Tweet per MS: 'Beginning at 10am PST (USA), you can manually force Win 8.1 Update (KB2919355) through the Control Panel..'

Tried it and received the Win 8.1 Update ....Westcoast, USA...:)

JPHIL46664 says:

you may need to restart your pc after installed the thuesday patches to get update 1. and check in the update details if all updates are checked. on my surface it wasnt

Aakash Roda says:

Available in India now!

grininja says:

Available in Romania also. Seems that servers are somehow overwhelmed. Updated, restarting.

I3unny says:

Awesome update. Love my pc more now :D

Darren Walsh says:

Available now here in Ireland!!

tjecco says:

Available in south Africa about 900mb

Durishin says:

Has yet to show up for me in CT... :-/

Opps! There it is! :-)

MooCoo says:

Ready for download here in Finland

NIST says:

California is announcing that we have updated.

topleya says:

Update shows for me in the UK, but it been set as 0% download for past 10mins

neo158 says:

Took a while for me as well but it does download.

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