Windows RT 8.1 update pulled off from Windows Store

Last week Microsoft released its brand new operating system Windows 8.1 for its desktop and tablet devices. After receiving pretty good reviews from the users and tech pundits, when things seemed like going in favor of the software giant, just within 48 hours of the release, some people while trying to update their Surface RT tablets from Windows RT 8 to Windows RT 8.1 ended up bricking their devices. In an ambiguous turn of events, Microsoft pulled the update from Windows Store. At the time of writing, the update is nowhere to be found.


There is no official word on when the update will return to the Windows Store, or what the glitch that caused this problem was. The problem seems to be temporary as many users have reported their devices to be running fine.

Microsoft on its community forum acknowledged the complains and a Microsoft product manager posted,

Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1.  As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available.

Early responses to Windows 8.1

Majority of users, including writers at The Windows Club gave the new operating system pretty flaring reviews. The only problem some users have is with the start button. The problem being that the newly introduced Start Button only takes them to the Start Screen and not the Start Menu, which many users were expecting.

We will update this post when as soon as the OS returns to the Windows Store.

UPDATE: Microsoft has released a Surface RT Recovery Image to fix bricked Surface RT devices.

Susannah Lindsay quit her job a few years back to settle down in a life of domesticity. She has been living in Los Angeles for the last three years, and enjoys following new gadget releases and the latest happenings on the technological front.

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