The Windows 8.1 RT update is now available again at the Windows Store. Microsoft had recently pulled down the Windows 8.1 RT update from the Windows Store, as it had reportedly bricked some Surface devices. Around 1 out of every 1,000 Surface RT 8.1 installs, had experienced an issue that left the update incomplete and their devices unbootable. Microsoft was however quick to release a Surface RT Recovery Image to fix bricked Surface RT devices.
According to a tweet from Microsoft Support, the Windows 8.1 RT update is now available again at the Windows Store.
The update to Windows RT 8.1 is once again available as a free download in the Windows Store for users with Windows RT devices. We immediately suspended availability of the update after reports that a very small number of Surface RT customers—around 1 out of every 1,000 Surface RT 8.1 installs—had experienced an issue that left the update incomplete and their devices unbootable. This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to RT 8.1. In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot. We worked to quickly resolve the issue and now encourage customers to update their Surface RT devices. Surface Pro and 8.1 customers were not impacted by this issue.
Surface users, can now safely proceed to the Windows Store to update their Surface, as all the issues have now been resolved.