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Windows 8.1 Update for Corporate WSUS Servers Fixed

By - Source: Microsoft

Last week Microsoft pulled the plug on the Windows 8.1 Update for corporate WSUS servers (KB 291955), reporting that some PCs with the update installed stopped scanning against Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 (WSUS 3.0 SP2 or WSUS 3.2) servers, which are configured to use SSL and not have TLS 1.2 enabled. Microsoft is now providing a fix.

[Read: Enterprise Enhancements in Windows 8.1 Update & End User Enhancements in Windows 8.1]

"You can now easily deploy these updates to the computers or servers you manage," writes Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows blog. "For computers and servers that have already installed these updates, note that Windows Update will re-offer them but it will only install the portion of the update that addresses the fix. Other portions of the update which users have already downloaded and installed will not be downloaded or installed a second time."

"Windows 8.1 Update along with the new Server and Embedded updates reflects Microsoft's commitment to providing a more rapid cadence of feature improvements for our customers," LeBlanc adds. "More than ever, these updates are driven by customer feedback and the need to refine and innovate to meet their growing needs."

As with the consumer sector, Windows 8.1 Update and Windows Server 2012 R2 Update will need to be installed in order to receive security patches in the future. All upcoming security and non-security updates will be built on these latest product updates, thus installing the update is mandatory.

However, unlike the consumer version, Microsoft is extending the deadline to install the update from 30 days to 120 days. "In order to receive future updates, all customers managing updates using WSUS, Windows Intune, or System Center Configuration Manager have until August 12th to apply the new updates. For those that decide to defer installation, separate security updates will be published during the 120-day window," LeBlanc writes.

Customers with the consumer version have until May 13th to install Windows 8.1 Update.

"For customers managing updates on their devices manually who haven’t installed the Windows 8.1 Update prior to May 13th, moving forward they will only see the option to install the Windows 8.1 Update in Windows Update," LeBlanc writes. "No new updates will be visible to them until they install the Windows 8.1 Update. For customers on metered networks, they will get the same experience until they install the Windows 8.1 Update."

Released just last week, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update brings a plethora of changes aimed to make the mouse and keyboard experience more tolerable. Enhancements in this major update include pinning Start Screen apps to the taskbar, adding a power icon on the Start Screen and more.

For more information about the fix announced on Wednesday, visit