Microsoft delivers operating system updates for Surface RT

Summary:Here's a list of non-security-specific updates that Microsoft is making available for Windows RT as part of today's Patch Tuesday.

It's Tuesday November 13 -- Patch Tuesday in Microsoft land. And among the latest pile of updates and fixes are several updatesfor Windows RT, the version of Windows that powers the new Microsoft Surface RT PC/tablets, along with other ARM-based Windows machines.

I asked Microsoft officials earlier today for a list of what is included in firmware updates made available for Windows RT. I didn't hear back, which is understandable given the latest going-ons in the Windows client division

After a bit of searching, I found a list of the non-security-specific updates delivered today. These are apply to Windows RT, in addition to Windows 8 and other Windows versions. When I went to Windows Update on my Surface and triggered the download, I got eight updates, four of which are non-security-specifc. The four:

Update to address Favorites not being displayed in IE10 (Knowledge Base Article ID: 2772501)

Note: This issue occurs because the Internet Explorer property schema is cleared incorrectly.

Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 cumulative update: November 2012 (Article ID 2770917)

Note: This cumulative update includes the following performance and reliability improvements:

  • Enable enterprise customers to customize the default lock screen.
  • Improves the performance when you wake the computer and when the computer is asleep, in order to improve battery life
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent Windows Store Apps from being installed fully
  • Other software updates and performance improvements

An update for Microsoft files that contain a digital signature in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 (Article ID 2769165)

Note: The digital signature on files that are produced and signed by Microsoft expires prematurely on a computer that is running Windows and Windows Server 2012.

Fix to enable Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) by using the out-of-the-box (OOBE) wizard in Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 (Article ID 2769034)

Note: This issue occurs because of a race condition in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store.

In addition to these four, there were four additional security-centric updates that I also got, for a total of eight udates today. 

Windows RT users can obtain all of these fixes through Windows Update, which is available via the Desktop App/environment on Windows RT.

Topics: Windows, ARM, Microsoft, Security

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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