Redmond recently released the RTM bits of Windows 8.1 on its MSDN and TechNet channels, with the intention of allowing developers access to the near final version of its upcoming operating system, and with it the newest version of Internet Explorer.

But thanks in no small parts to the leaked versions many consumers are now running the OS — even though the official launch is set for October.

And in order to make sure that everyone can run the OS with ease, the company has released some information on what it calls critical issues that might require avoidance or workaround to get Windows 8.1 installed and running.

In simpler terms, the software titan has provided details on some problems that Windows 8.1 RTM users could experience — including some issues with Internet Explorer 11. As Microsoft put it:

“These release notes address the most critical issues and information about the Windows 8.1 operating system.”

One feature that may well require some workarounds to run properly is Work Folders — a new concept that the technology titan put together for enterprise BYOD functionality:

“The client and server must be running the same milestone release for Work Folders to function properly. For example, if the server is running this milestone release of Windows Server 2012 R2, the client must be running the same milestone release of Windows 8.1.”

In addition to the above issue, the Internet Explorer 11 version included with the RTM build is also not without a few glitches:

“When you pause Adobe Flash Player-based content in Internet Explorer and switch to Internet Explorer for desktop, the content might not be visible when you return. To avoid this, do not pause content when switching to the desktop. If this has already occurred, try refreshing the web page.”

You can take a look at a couple of other issues that the company has listed at the link above, though these are pretty much destined to be fixed by the time around the retail version of Windows 8.1 launches on October 18.

Nevertheless, these details are of particular help to those of you that are getting ready to deploy the latest version of Windows earlier than the official launch.

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  • Mike Greenway

    a proper post.

    • Fahad Ali

      Here’s hoping it helps users and system administrators that are looking to deploy Windows 8.1 RTM. Microsoft has been considerate enough to put together these details!

  • KeithE

    I think you’re overusing the word “titan”. It’s in every article. Suggest thinking of something else. Or why not just use “company”?

    • Fahad Ali

      An agreeable proposition. 🙂 But there’s only so much one can do with words like firm, company, titan, giant, Microsoft and Redmond. They get repeated so often in an article, often times it is the thing that requires as much time to think as the title of a news story. And believe me, writing the perfect title is an art in of itself.

      Going to have to open up my trusty old thesaurus, though not sure it will be of much help!

  • Robert Miller

    Any issues with IE are irrelevant to me since I use Google Chrome for all web browsing.

    • Fahad Ali

      Understandably. 😀 But they are downright crucial for enterprise and corporate users that either use IE as the de facto browser on their company network, or have custom software that depend on Internet Explorer.

      That is one reason why system administrators throughly test updates and new software before deploying them on company PCs. Hopefully these little glitches are sorted out in the coming weeks.

    • Ray C

      It’s been a while since I used Chrome as my primary browser. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I ever have. I know for a while it was my second option with Firefox being my first, but now I basically use it open this one site. It has 5 different sections I like to check, so I have Chrome starting up in one tab for each section.

  • Curtis Le Gendre

    It seems like Microsoft is finally learning !