Microsoft has already released the Windows 8.1 Update 2 aka August update few months ago for all Windows 8.1 devices which included some new features and improvements. Now, another update is available for download on all Windows 8.1 PC including Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2014 under optional updates which adds support for new hardware and improves overall experience along with issue fixes.
The update KB3000850 was released on November 18, 2014 along with the critical emergency update which fixed security loop hole in Windows. The update has been named November 2014 rollup update and can be found under ‘optional’ section in Windows Update.
We previously saw the rumor of Microsoft releasing new update for Windows 8.1 which could be marked Update 3 but, the plan to launch it was scratched in favor of Windows 10 which would be getting all its new features.
Microsoft has already released the Windows 8.1 Update 2 named August 2014 which included some new features and now, another update dubbed November 2014 rollup update is available. The update is around 700MB in size and include many bug fixes, improvements and it also adds some new features.
KB3000850 has the following features:
- Language packs have been refreshed
- Defence-in-depth security and schannel hardening
- New hardware is supported including boot-order selection, improvements in SD-card and USB Debugging
- Web Services for Devices have been improved for printer support during network switches
- Virtual machine mission-critical environment have been improved in performance
- Manageability have been improved
- Support for additional hardware including those who have third-party disk encryption enabled and can be upgraded to Windows 8.1 easily
This November 2014 rollup update also fixes dozens of features for home and IT users where errors, security issues and other bugs are being fixed.
This Update 3 for Windows 8.1 can now be downloaded from the links below for all Windows 8.1 versions including Windows RT and Windows Server 2014.
The packages which can be downloaded from the links below have the following three updates included:
- Download KB3000850 Update 3 aka November 2014 rollup for Windows 8.1 x86
- Download KB3000850 Update 3 aka November 2014 rollup for Windows 8.1 x64
- Download KB3000850 Update 3 aka November 2014 rollup for Windows Server 2014
- Windows RT 8.1 users can get this update from Windows Update under optional section
We will be updating you once we find any more features in this update. Expect a hands on soon!