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Windows 8.1 Optional Update

  1. #1

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    Windows 8.1 Optional Update

    Hello, I'm confused about Windows 8.1 Optional Update. There are 2 updates in optional tab. Should I update those files ? What would happen after I update ? I'm confused because those are not Important updates but Optional.

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  2. #2

    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    I always do as these are fixes for non-critical problems and will keep your system at optimum performance. I would do KB2962409 first as that was released in June, then do the KB2967917 which is a July update.

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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    As long as they are not driver updates, which I hide, you will be OK. Driver updates I do directly with the device manufacturer.
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  4. #4

    Actually, that July optional update is compound of several updates. Checked it installed, and no driver stuff in there. I was anxious about drivers in it too.
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  5. #5

    This is what the June update fixes.

    This update package fixes the issues that are documented in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles:
    • 2960387 You are prompted for BitLocker recovery key when Windows enters the automatic repair process
    • 2961977 "Hyper-V Replica Cluster Broker is not installed" error when you replicate private clouds to Microsoft Azure
    • 2963523 DNS server crashes after you install update 2919355 for Windows Server 2012 R2.
    • 2964723 Connectivity lost between two nodes when a node reconnects to a Windows Server 2012 R2-based cluster
    • 2964724 CPrepSrv.exe process crashes or Failover Cluster Manager freezes when you validate storage in Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2964725 Removed nodes can access shared disk resources unexpectedly in Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2964729 You cannot stop the cluster service on a Windows Server 2012 R2-based failover cluster
    • 2964730 Storage spaces take a long time to move to another node after a node fails on a Windows Server 2012 R2 failover cluster
    • 2964732 STS passive sign-in fails when a sign-in request is sent to a Windows Server 2012 R2-based STS server through STS proxy
    • 2964733 AD FS device authentication is slow or fails in Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2964735 Authentication failures and event 422 when AD FS STS servers and AD FS proxy servers are in Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2964804 Long wait when you first open File Explorer in Windows RT 8.1 or Windows 8.1
    • 2964814 Virtual machine network fails when you start the second VM on a Windows Server 2012 R2-based Hyper-V server
    • 2964951 Windows Update does not download drivers for shared printers in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2965074 Error occurs when you run Get-VirtualDisk|Get-ClusterResource cmdlet in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2965174 OneDrive improvement update for Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1: June 2014
    • 2965492 "0x80041013" error on a WMI provider in Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2965699 "There was a problem" error when you redeem a promotional CSV token in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2965770 Cannot select Chinese suggestion words from on-screen keyboard in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2966039 Settings are migrated incorrectly after you refresh the system by using PBR in Windows RT 8.1 or Windows 8.1
    • 2966055 Logon UI crashes when you connect to a remote server that is running a Windows Server 2012 R2 Core installation
    • 2968633 Update to improve the OneDrive experience in Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1
    • 2960837 Excel freezes when you convert Japanese characters in Windows
    • 2956014 Audit event ID 4661 triggers an invalid XML error in a Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2008 environment
    • 2950080 "The CA certificate could not be retrieved, element not found" error occurs when the CA server host name is longer than 52 characters
    • 2936341 The WebClient service does not send cookies in Windows
    • 2965350 Shared printer name displays incorrectly in Windows
    • 2964556 IKEv2 VPN connection fails with error 13806 when you use an ECDSA certificate in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2964536 Computer cannot be registered in DNS when you renew the IP address in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2964442 Hidden file attribute is copied when you run the Robocopy command together with using the NoDCopy option in Windows
    • 2964436 Files under SharePoint path cannot be copied to another computer by using a Robocopy command in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
    • 2964090 DNS queries fail on secondary DNS server running Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012
    • 2963861 Access denied when you try to lock a volume in maintenance mode in Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012
    • 2962984 Computer crashes when you run apps that use extended window styles
    • 2962059 "RPC Server Unavailable" error when you set up a password and then click Next in Bitlocker To Go in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
    • 2958266 Black screen occurs when you start a game that uses Direct3D 9 in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2955856 Incorrect CNAME records on a Windows Server 2012 R2-based DNS server
    • 2955808 A VPN connection through a third-party VPN server disconnects after an hour on a computer that is running Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
    • 2941455 Video preview is blurry when you open a camera application in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
    • 2961934 Rotation does not work on a Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer
    • 2961892 Incorrect orientation for touch input when you wake up the computer from sleep mode in Windows RT 8.1 or Windows 8.1
    • 2958997 EUDC fonts cannot be printed correctly by using an XPS print driver in Windows
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    A simple tip to learn more about Windows Updates: use URL (replace XXXXXXX with the update's KB number). This shows information about the update, what it is and what it does.

    You can also right click a suggested update and select Copy details and then paste it to for instance Notepad to see a short summary:

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    If the update is already installed you can right click it in Update History and view the details directly without first pasting them to Notepad:

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  7. #7

    That last one is how I checked about those updates, but for a strange reason it didn't show up first day, only next day contents were listed. Looks like for first time I managed to get updates as soon as they were out, usually it takes a day or two to show up on my computer.
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