Many sites, including the WinSuperSite, have released information about a forthcoming update to Windows 8.1 being called GA Rollup A. This update appears to be a bunch of fixes to the RTM version of Windows 8.1 that have been developed since its release late this summer. One of the main problems with Windows 8.1 that we’ve been frustrated by at the DMZ is that basically all Windows Media Center plugins have been broken in the new release. We’re hearing from developers that GA Rollup A does fix this problem. That means that if you’ve been running a Windows 8 Media Center you may indeed be able to upgrade to 8.1 relatively soon without too much fear of it breaking all of your beloved plugins.
Before you rush off to Windows Update to get this update you should know that it hasn’t actually been released by Microsoft yet. It has been leaked though, and many people have been installing it to find out what is inside. It has been confirmed to us to have fixed the Windows Media Center plugin issues without even needing to reinstall the plugins. While it’s great news that it fixes the issues, what we still don’t know is when Microsoft will actually release it. It could be that the general release of Windows 8.1 will automatically include these fixes. Or they could be provided separately as normal Windows Updates. At this point we’ll have to just wait and see, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know.