Things sure seem quiet ever since Microsoft dropped their policy of advanced notifications for Update Tuesday releases. However, the company did release a few patches on March 10.

And one of the update aimed at Windows 8.1 users aims to fix a bit of a widespread issue.

A total of 14 security updates are now shipping, many of them security in nature.

However a few bug fixes and performance optimizations are also included, for example KB3036612 that rectifies a problem that has been reported by many users over the past few months.

Apps crashed randomly, not just on Windows 8.1 but also on Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. This issue apparently crashed several Windows Store applications, including popular and highly used solutions like Skype, Netflix, Cut the Rope, Amazon, even Microsoft Mahjong.

Microsoft, however, claims in the official documentation that only a limited number of applications were affected. A few workarounds were also found, but here this is an official patch.

In any case, hopefully this is now a thing of the past and the problem is sorted out once and for all.

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  • bknight104

    With the exception of one or two apps, I had stopped using the modern platform altogether. Apps kept crashing randomly and were completely untrustworthy. I had come to the conclusion that the entire platform was unreliable. If this fixes that issue, I may dip my toe back into the water with a few more apps that I liked but couldn’t trust.

    • Fahad Ali

      Yeah, I too experienced a few such crashes. Inclined to believe the issues lay with certain apps, but if there’s something on Microsoft’s end, they should look into it and provide as optimized an experience as possible.

      A Modern app opening and crashing after the splash screen is certainly not the most fun feeling in the world, not when troubleshooting it is also difficult.

  • Mike Greenway

    I use many modern apps and can’t remember a crash. Just lucky I guess?


    Wish they would fix the ability to clone the hard drive easily, as it used to be before Windows 7 came out.