Microsoft patches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Windows 8 Consumer Preview just received four Black Tuesday patches, in addition to the bunch that arrived late last month

Black Tuesday now officially extends to Windows 8 Consumer Preview, with four new patches released this week. They join the four patches that were released on the "Second Tuesday" round, on Feb. 26.

Here's what you should've received on or about Feb. 26:

  • KB 2680358 -- Fixes a bug in Broker Infrastructure Service that can lead to slow log ons.
  • KB 2680354 -- Patches two bugs in IE 10, one that can lead to a memory leak, the other a cross-domain exposure.
  • KB 2680328 -- Removes bogus "Copy Prohibited" error message from Windows Media Center.
  • KB 2680376 -- Fixes problems with Chinese Traditional IME, when installed from Office.

The Black Tuesday patches, which arrived yesterday, consist of:

  • KB 2683430 -- Application compatibility update.
  • KB 2683474 -- Fixes Windows shell crash makes Metro tiles unoperative.
  • KB 2680826 -- Apps from the Windows Store may stop working because of a bug in Windows.
  • KB 2680330 -- Improves the accuracy of Windows Store performance tracking.

None of the Black Tuesday patches are security patches. The only obvious security patch in the whole crop is the IE10 patch from late last month.

I find that the instructions given in almost every Knowledge Base article for installing the updates are, uh, obtuse. Here are the update instructions, verbatim:

Install this update from Windows Update.

To do this in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, follow these steps:

1. In Control Panel, open Windows Update by swiping in from the right edge of the screen.

2. Tap Search. (Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.)

3. Tap Settings. (Or, if you are using a mouse, click Settings.)

4. In the search box, type Windows Update.

5. Tap or click Install optional updates.

It seems that even the Knowledge Base folks are having trouble explaining how to navigate the Metro Start screen. Chris Pirillo's dad would have a conniption fit.

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