Microsoft delivers operating system updates for Surface RT

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, Microsoft, Security, ARM


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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  • Thanks...

    The firmware is the update I'm most interested in... I saw the KB articles for the others too. Good stuff all around, and I will say that even though it took a good 20-30 minutes to install, my Surface is definitely running smoother... or at least, it feels like it. App transitions seem snappier. I'm trying to see if the choppy audio when "asleep" and the WPA2/AES Wi-Fi performance issues are fixed... can't test Wi-Fi until tomorrow, but the audio still seems a bit choppy, so hopefully in next month's batch. IE performance is DEFINITELY faster though. I was crawling just before downloading the updates, and now it's just zipping right along.
    • GoodThings2Life How's your key board holding up?

      Your not giving Surface much of a plug......Loverock Davidsons said his is perfect....But you always have to remember not to believe everything Loverock Davidson says.
      Over and Out
      • Can you at least wait until Loverock shows up

        before you pollute the discussion.
        • Wow

          Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)
      • The two Surface RT keyboards are intact until now

        at home. But I saw a friends keyboard tore at folds. Microsoft happily replaced it with new one for him.
        Ram U
      • Hi!

        Hello there!!!
        Loverock Davidson-
      • Here's an idea...

        Before you go off on some wild tirade, have a point... it makes it so much more enjoyable... for the reader!
      • Nothing's perfect

        But the Surface is so much better than the other tablets and has replaced my laptop as well.

        Oh and I didn't understand Mary's Desktop app/environment suggestion. Windows Update is in PC settings, so you can search for Windows Update or just pull out the Charms menu at the Start screen and select Change PC settings - it's a the bottom of the list.
        • Windows Update

          There are two versions of windows update on the Surface RT (and Windows 8). You have already found one. The other one is located in the old Windows Desktop location, under control panel. You can also search the start screen for Windows Update, choose settings, and then choose the option that says "INSTALL EXTRA UPDATES."

          Why would you want to use this instead of the Metro UI update? Strangely, you get different updates with the two different locations. In particular, Office on the RT will only update through the desktop interface.

          Now, I don't know the technical reason why MS did it this way, but the fact remains, you should be checking the desktop version, as I believe it will get all available updates. It doesn't hurt to check both, however. This is what I am doing, until I am sure.
    • really?..

      .. your IE was crawling? I've not noticed that, in fact the opposite- I've been very impressed with it so far, so if it gets faster that will be great!

      In fact I haven't really noticed any issues apart from the mute thing, I must not be pushing it hard enough.
      • I believe...'s related to the Wi-Fi issue I mentioned. The wireless performance just isn't up to speed compared to other devices I have (including my Lumia 920).

        IE, in and of itself, is perfectly fine. :) Sorry that I didn't explain that well.
    • I didn't notice the audio issue.

      for my music most of the time I use either Zune HD or stream it to my Xbox. The speakers are low Surface even if they are set to 100%, which I a bit disappointed but for most of pluralsight videos and other webcasts I listen to I use the BT Stereo headset. that way I don't disturb anyone at home.
      Ram U
      • I believe...

        ...that it's simply an audio driver issue not reserving enough CPU power for the speakers (if I were an engineer making a guess).

        Something I'm sure that will be easily remedied by a firmware update. :)
        • I think you are right with the audio driver.

          I also believe that would get fixed eventually. But like I said, I prefer listening through my BT Stereo headset most of the time. Free of wires, and can take a short walk in the house while still listening to webcasts and other audio books.
          Ram U
          • I rarely listen at home...

            ...and when I'm at work, I can't always use headphones because of needing to answer phones. Actually, I just tested, and I don't have problems with the audio on headphones, so that makes sense.
    • good for you if you like being abused

      as you stated, in 30 days you will be a little less abused
  • More incredibly big updates...

    More incredibly big updates were released...

    Signal of a premature OS?
    • Not at all...

      In fact, I quite enjoy my Surface, it's performance, and the overall functionality. Sure, I've got some nitpicky quirks, and I'm anxious to see the results of the several THOUSAND developers that have registered since BUILD, but overall, I see it moving in a VERY favorable direction.

      Have you even used it? If you haven't, maybe give it a spin for a few days before passing judgment.
    • Nope

      It's a sign that they're putting their nose to the grindstone and trying to get everything perfect as quick as possible.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • the OS is not premature

      It is already great. Microsoft just fine tuned it and applied security patches like it does with regular Windows always, which is good for the user. It is not treated like the tablets powered by competing platforms sold by various vendors, who roll out fixes once in a while (may a blue moon month), where Microsoft proved that Surface RT tablets and Windows RT tablets get continuous update along with regular Windows 8 platform, which is good for consumer and enterprises.
      Ram U