Microsoft releases a final 170 MB Windows 8 Update before GA

After releasing updates for the default Windows Store Apps in Windows 8 recently, Microsoft is all set to release a final update via Windows Updates, for the new operating system, before its General Availability.

General Availability Cumulative Update for Windows 8

This cumulative update package for the Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012 is being referred to as the General Availability Cumulative Update, and will   provide a collection of performance and reliability improvements that are designed to improve the Windows 8 experience.

The update will result in:

  1. Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  2. Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
  3. Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
  4. Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8.

During the final months of Windows 8 we challenged ourselves to create the tools and processes to be able to deliver these “post-RTM” updates sooner than a service pack. By developing better test automation and test coverage tools we are happy to say that Windows 8 will be totally up to date for all customers starting at General Availability. If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer, these updates will be available for your Windows 8 PCs via Windows Update as of today (October 9), following our standard cadence for Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month at about 10:00am, says Microsoft.

Those who already have Windows 8 RTM installed, might want to keep an eye on the availability of this update on their computer, and apply them right away as they will bring about improvements in  areas of performance, power management, battery efficiency, media playback, and compatibility. You can also download the standalone installer from here.

The update KB2756872 is a 169.9 MB download and you may be required to restart your computer after you apply it.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of and a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows for the period 2006-16. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.