Windows 8.1 Update 1 installation problems continue

Windows 8.1 Update 1 installation problems continue

Microsoft's Windows 8.1 Update 1, a mandatory patch for future security updates, is proving a pain for some users who are unable to install it on their systems despite recent patches.

Microsoft is continuing to address problems with Windows 8.1 Update 1, its first major update to the operating system formerly known as Windows Blue and a mandatory install for anyone who wants to continue to receive security updates in the future.

Released earlier this month, Windows 8.1 Update 1 introduces a number of tweaks and improvements to Microsoft's flagship OS including user experience enhancements for those who eschew touch-screen interfaces in favour of the traditional keyboard and mouse. While the biggest of these improvements, the reintroduction of the Start Menu which was removed in Windows 8 after its introduction way back in 1995's Windows 95 and 1996's Windows NT 4.0, has been held back for a future release the mandatory nature of Windows 8.1 Update 1 makes it quite literally a must-install for Windows 8.1 users.

Sadly, all is not well with the update. Last week Microsoft was forced to pull the update from WSUS following reports that it would prevent the installation of future updates for corporate users. Now, the company is working to patch additional issues with the update - some of which prevent its installation altogether.

One bug, which presents the error code 0x800f081f during installation, has already seen a patch released on Windows Update; a second patch has been provided for users who are finding that installing Windows 8.1 Update 1 prevents Internet Information Services (IIS), Microsoft's web server package, from being uninstalled at any time.

Despite these patches, problems with the update still remain. Many users are taking to the Microsoft support forums to claim that, despite the updated patch being released to Windows Update, Windows 8.1 Update 1 still fails to install. A work-around suggested in the forums has been noted by some to improve matters, removing a damaged version of the package so a fresh copy can be downloaded, but others report that the process makes no difference to their systems.

With Microsoft planning on enforcing installation of Windows 8.1 Update 1 by refusing security updates to anyone still on plain old Windows 8.1 starting on the next Patch Tuesday in May, the race is on for the company to fix the flaws and get the update rolled out to all its customers.


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Corky42 14th April 2014, 10:00 Quote
I'm confused, wasn't Windows 95 the first time we saw the start menu.
I thought NT 4.0 came out a year later.
Gareth Halfacree 14th April 2014, 10:15 Quote
Originally Posted by Corky42
I'm confused, wasn't Windows 95 the first time we saw the start menu. I thought NT 4.0 came out a year later.
You're right; I had it in my head it was t'other way around. Fixed, ta!
willowthewhite 14th April 2014, 10:54 Quote
Start Menu which was removed in Windows 7
Shouldn't that be Windows 8?
Gareth Halfacree 14th April 2014, 10:57 Quote
Originally Posted by willowthewhite
Shouldn't that be Windows 8?
Lawks a reekie, I'm not having a good start to the week, am I? Typo fixed, ta!
loftie 14th April 2014, 11:24 Quote
Another 40 page thread on the MS forums here.

Mine was fixed by doing a system restore back to March, though some people still have the issue even after a refresh/reinstall.
[USRF]Obiwan 14th April 2014, 11:54 Quote
And still since my pc upgrade from 8 to 8.1 I got random mouse pointer freezes and it will not go in to suspend/sleep mode every night and when it does work it's doing it when I need it to be awake. For the last one I tried all kinds of crazy suggested fixes mentioned in forums on the interweb.
Malketh 14th April 2014, 14:28 Quote
Adding a couple of pointless cents to the the pile I was only able to successfully update my Surface Pro after refreshing it back to 8 RTM (apparently when you update to 8.1 it won't update your recovery partition like it will on the RT), and the repatching from there, which is painful on a wifi shot in the middle of nowhere.
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