Microsoft delivers Connected Standby, Wi-Fi and other fixes for Windows 8, Windows RT

Microsoft delivers Connected Standby, Wi-Fi and other fixes for Windows 8, Windows RT

Summary: Microsoft has delivered several non-security-specific updates for Windows RT, the operating system for ARM-based tablets and PCS including the Surface RT, as part of this month's Patch Tuesday.

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It's February 12, yet another Patch Tuesday. Among the security fixes aplenty that Microsoft is rolling out today are a few other non-security-specific updates for Windows RT and Windows 8.

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As previously announced, the February cumulative update includes fixes designed to improve Surface Wi-Fi reliability and connectivity, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed.

Microsoft also has provided a fix for the app-store-downloading bug that a number of Surface RT and Windows RT users reported a few weeks back. The problem resulted in Windows RT systems entering "Connected Standby" while the devices were downloading new Windows Updates via Automatic Update. The result was users were unable to get Windows Store applications or related updates. The problem and update are detailed in Knowledge Base article 2808380.

Another update part of today's set of fixes for Windows RT (and Windows 8, as well) are driver updates improving performance with Windows, Volume and Power buttons. Among these fixes are one designed to make sure Windows 8-based devices wake from sleep when users press the Windows key or Home Button. (I've had an issue with this on my Surface Pro loaner, which resulted in me having to restart the device every time I wanted to use it.)

Other non-security-specific updates for Windows RT and/or Windows 8 include improvements for Bluetooth audio playback quality and playback when users stream videos from Windows Media Center to Xbox consoles. There's also a fix for issues some users have had around receiving redundant security confirmations after they connect their Microsoft accounts to Windows 8-based devices.

A bunch of new language packs are also part of the set of updates out today, including support for Slovak, Bulgarian, Solvenian, Croatian, Estonian, Serbian (Latin), Serbian (Cyrillic, Serbia), Kazakh and Lithuanian.

In order to check for and proactively install Windows 8/Windows RT updates, Microsoft advises users to follow this check list:

  • Open PC Settings, by swiping in from right edge (or, if using a mouse, point to upper-right corner of screen)
  • Tap or click Settings
  • Tap or click Change PC settings
  • Under PC settings, tap or click Windows Update
  • Tap or click Check for Updates

Here's more on the security-related batch of Patch Tuesday updates out today.

Topics: Security, Microsoft, Tablets, ARM, PCs, Windows, Microsoft Surface, Windows 8

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • If only Windows Phone used Windows Update

    A boy can dream.
    x I'm tc
    • I believe it does, under the covers

      As far as I know, Windows Phone uses the Windows Update mechanisms. However, the updates get targeted by phone model and carrier (which I'm assuming is the part you'd like to get rid of) :-)
      Flydog57
  • Isn't that Quaint...you can go directly to the apps store for you BUGS

    and get it directly downloaded from Microsoft. Nothing like eliminating the middle man.

    When will Loverock Davidson be here to tell everyone just how great Surface is and they put out the 100th Surface bug fix.......nothing like rushing a product to market that's completely untested and full of holes.

    You can always count on Microsoft to USE consumer test their products.....
    Over and Out
    • Re:nothing like rushing a product to market that's completely untested and

      You talking about apple? iOS is a great example off "rushing product to market", and I don't talking about maps...
      Mr.SV
      • Mr.SV...I agree with you 100%

        ALL these companies are rushing under tested product to market and they just don't give a S***.

        That's why the smart consumer waits - waits - waits till the bugs are fixed
        Over and Out
        • And I know that colleague...

          ... who has been waiting for the perfect computer since 1998 and till now has no personal device, including mobile phone, but still behaving like cat in an ambush position for bird that it can catch!

          I think, as human or, perhaps, dangerous animals, we either wait till we become useless or jump in and learn from experience. For me, as an early adaptor, I am not disappointed with Surface RT and shelved my IPad - or IToy!

          You are either a learner or the further of all fears!
          Wonder.man
          • this is

            the best comment on zdnet
            vpupkin
        • wait for a perfect product?

          If you wait for a "perfect product" w/ no bugs no crashing no issues at all you will be using nothing at all...Name 1 product that is flawless / perfect and i will send you a link to their support forum with pages and pages of issues...enough said
          patchman
    • Re: Enough Said

      Ah yes, because Apple NEVER rush things out, do they? Or shall I not mention their hashed maps, and their recent 3G problem with iOS 6.1? Of course, naturally it's only Microsoft who do this...

      Sometimes bugs don't manifest themselves until more users are using the program/hardware.
      steppyhen
      • steppyhen...when you say Sometimes bugs don't manifest themselves until

        I agree with that to a point ....... but when you make BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars ....I ask you what is wrong with that picture? ......... far to many execuses from Microsoft & Apple for so called un seen problems.

        Let me add another point ..........even in Linux your now seeing a changes starting to happen. We started out with a cycle system that were a year between final operating system....than someone had the bright idea....lets put one out every six months and it worked for awhile ....than as OS because so complicated the six month cycle was producing to many errors/bugs .....so now your seeing more and more delays in an effort to put out a better finished product for the end users. Your even seeing Ubuntu cut down on the Alpha's & Beta/RC in an effort to relieve some of the pressure of completion dates brings to the table. I commend Ubuntu for realizing changes need to happen sooner rather than later.

        All Mfg need to look at their manufacturing procedures more......If they do better more finished products products will hit the streets and it will be better for all of us .
        Over and Out
        • Interesting....

          Enough Said states that all manufacturers need to spend more time testing and getting rid of bugs BEFORE their products come to market and gets nothing but flags. So I guess the flaggers want products that remove any testing so they themselves become the guinea pigs to test and find bugs?
          benched42
    • numerous iterations

      Large software companies cannot possibly test every single iteration of software and hardware configuration available. They strive for 98% complete and plan to patch bugs as they are reported. Apple used to sit back and takes jabs at Microsoft for bugs. At the time, apple had a very small football and only a few configurations of their products. Well, Apple has grown and so has their problems. I think it's a miracle that any of this stuff works anyway and I am thankful that these companies continue to issue patches for "old" products.
      frankwick
      • football?

        I meant footprint! HAHA
        frankwick
    • Not just Microsoft

      Do you know how many bugs were in Unity it first shipped?

      iOS 6?

      I could go on, but it's a sad trend that things get shipped far quicker than they should.
      Michael Alan Goff
  • Microsoft delivers Connected Standby, Wi-Fi and other fixes for Windows 8,

    Just like clockwork you know when to plan for Microsoft updates. Having them once a month is a lot easier to test and deploy then having 20 a day as found in other operating systems. I can't imagine how much down time they have because of that.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • There is no down time

      because of the magic of unix style filesystems. Windows requires often multiple reboots to complete updates. You know "other OSs" get 20 a day because all your applications,libraries, OS and are synced with repositories/app stores and don't come from "sideloaded" random apps from deep within the bowels of the internet's .exe cesspool. With regular windows its only windows itself, IE and office, that gets updates once a month for the most part.
      I get updates whenever a vulnerablity is discovered it is usually updated next day. No BS or waiting involved.
      drwong
  • The most reliable update infrastructure...

    in the World. Really have to appreciate it... and the technology and infrastructure will be key in their vision to provide more frequent updates and feature packs to existing users/customers.

    Feel safe with these systems.
    sreesiv
  • The Desktop is a bug

    The Desktop is a bug. Remove it from Windows 8. Out with the old nonsense and in with the new please.
    Hasselhoff