Microsoft rolls out first Windows 8.1 bug fixes

The new updates correct glitches in Windows Store apps and Internet Explorer 11, among other items.

Windows 8.1's first bug fixes.
Windows 8.1's first bug fixes. Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

The Windows 8.1 Preview has received its first set of bug fixes less than a week after its debut.

Rolled out Tuesday, the six updates address several issues, two of which are rated important and four rated as recommended items.

One of the important updates is simply a virus definition update for Windows Defender, the default security program for Windows 8 and 8.1. The other update improves the compatibility between Windows 8.1 and several third-party programs, such as AutoCAD, Parallels Desktop, Norton security software, and AVG Internet Security.

Among the four recommended updates, the first one fixes a problem with Windows Store apps crashing upon launch. The second one says it "improves the robustness of data files in Windows 8.1" but doesn't indicate exactly what that means. The third update resolves a bug that prevented Google account holders from signing in through certain applications. And the final update addresses an issue that kept IE 11 users from resuming file downloads.

The same updates are available for users of the Windows RT 8.1 Preview. As always, Windows users with automatic updates turned on need not do anything for the updates to install. Those with automatic updates turned off will need to access the Windows Update screen in the Updates & Recovery section under PC Settings to manually trigger the updates.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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