Microsoft surprised many by announcing that Windows 8.1 would be made available to download via the Windows Store. The release back in October last year went smooth for the most part, if slow.

However, some users experienced a bunch of issues during installation of this upgrade for Windows 8. Issues, that apparently, are still to be resolved, even though the company has released a bunch of fixes for this very problem.

A new one has just made its way out.

Dubbed just as a ‘Pilot program’ for now, this patch requires you to install update 2871389 on your Windows 8 or Windows RT device. As the company explains:

“This (Windows RT) pilot program is an example of ways we’re experimenting to help ensure more of our customers benefit from a continuously improving Windows experience.

Similar to how the Windows 8.1 Update process works today, the pilot program will automatically update consumer Windows 8 and Windows RT machines for free to Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update in select markets.”

Once installed, this abovementioned update automatically downloads and install Windows 8.1 without the need for any user interaction, and all that scary stuff.

However, this patch does not work on volume licensed computers.

One can term this as bit of a failed experiment, and the company probably will not true delivery via the Windows Store for future updates until the infrastructure is more optimized. Windows 8.1 Update, for instance, was delivered with the Windows Update option.

Chances are that Windows 8.1 Update 2 will also ship this way, next month.

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  1. Mike Greenway / July 2, 2014 at 8:56 am /Reply

    Few mention that Win 8 to Win 8.1 is a full OS install ( similar to win 7 to win 8, or vista to 7) where 8.1 updates are just addition and changes to the 8.1 core. Installing a new OS has always be a big and complex deal.

  2. This happens far too often. I wish Microsoft would get the installations and updates right on the first try. They need to take their time and just get it right above all else.This is a recurring theme they should look to stop.

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