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Why Windows 8.1 Update

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro & Linux Mint

    Why Windows 8.1 Update


    I've no problems with Windows 8.1 Update apart from it's name. Why on earth didn't they call it 8.2 or at least 8.1.1 as some people are saying, it's so confusing.

    If you look in 'System' it still states 8.1, grrrrrrrrr

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Philgo,

    It's called that since it was only a few Windows Updates for Windows 8.1. Even though it included a feature pack.

    Since it was only an update to Windows 8.1, thus the "Windows 8.1 Update" name.

    In System Information (msinfo32), the Hardware Abstraction Layer version number is different for each. The build number (9600) is still the same for both though.

    Windows 8.1 = 6.3.9600.16384

    Windows 8.1 Update = 6.3.9600.17031

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    When going from 8.0 to 8.1 the Windows kernel was updated from 6.2 to 6.3. When the kernel is updated Microsoft update or increment the OS version number or change the name.

    NT 6.0 = Vista, NT6.1 = Windows 7, NT6.2 = 8.0, NT6.3 = 8.1. The 8.1 "Update" (also called update 1) didn't change the kernel version so Windows retained the same version number. They also chose not to designate it as a service pack. It's often referred to as 8.1.1 on this forum but that's not an official designation.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8 Pro & Linux Mint


    Thanks for the replies, but I can't help thinking Microsoft should give it a proper name to avoid confusion.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by Philgo View Post
    Thanks for the replies, but I can't help thinking Microsoft should give it a proper name to avoid confusion.
    although it really makes no difference to me ,i agree ,so i call it 8.1.1 just for the heck of it
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    ​Seeing as how we're somewhere in between Windows 8 and 9, maybe we should call it Windows 8
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  7. #7


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Windows 8.1 SE ? The ISO's on TechNet and MSDN are listed as "Windows 8.1 with update". They don't even call it update 1, just update.
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, the official name is "Windows 8.1 Update".
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  9. #9


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Philgo,

    It's called that since it was only a few Windows Updates for Windows 8.1. Even though it included a feature pack.

    Since it was only an update to Windows 8.1, thus the "Windows 8.1 Update" name.

    In System Information (msinfo32), the Hardware Abstraction Layer version number is different for each. The build number (9600) is still the same for both though.

    Windows 8.1 = 6.3.9600.16384

    Windows 8.1 Update = 6.3.9600.17031

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Shawn, I'm sorry to make it look like I'm correcting you, but . . .

    My Registry shows: HKEY_LOCL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion>BuildLabEx shows 9600.17041.

    Also, I've been to several spots in Windows 8.1 Update and so far, the Registry is the only place I can actually find the build number.
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  10. #10


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Mine also shows 9600.17041
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