Here’s an unexpected surprise! Microsoft started shipping the newest refresh of its latest operating system, in the form of Windows 8.1 August Update, but it appears a bug slipped in.

Nothing that nasty, but this bug simply makes the taskbar persistent across all apps — in the process disabling its default behavior that allowed it to automatically hide when running Metro UI applications. This makes it rather difficult to access specific options of these Modern apps.

This issue was first reported here, and several users have confirmed this problem since.

Interestingly, not all installations are affected by this bug. Users that have deployed this new update on computers and laptops, even Surface tablets have nothing to report, which probably means that it might take a little extra while for Microsoft to pinpoint and fix this issue.

But there is no doubt that the issue does exist.

Microsoft, for better or for worse, has not talked all that much about the Windows 8.1 August Update, which is not all that surprising when you consider that this refresh does not bring all that many features.

In any case, the company will probably address this issue in a statement soon.

What about you fine folks? Have you encountered this pesky little problem on your devices (computers or tablets) after installing Windows 8.1 August Update? Or is the coast all clear for you?

Let’s see some action in the comments!

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  • 1stkorean

    1stkorean • 2 minutes ago
    I have discovered The August Update does not allow the use of Alt + Numberpad ASCII Key Combinations in IE-11 or in Chrome. I use these on a daily basis, so I check my laptop which I had not installed the August on yet and the Alt + Numberpad ASCII Key Combos worked fine.

    • Fahad Ali

      Another bummer. 🙁 I too use the Alt + Numberpad combination quite regularly, luckily I am not affected by this. Checked on multiple programs.

      Cheers for the comment!

  • Rodney Longoria

    Yes, I saw it right away once I rebooted after the August Update. It doesn’t bother me in the least. In fact, I was thinking it wasn’t a bug but Microsoft being sneaky in getting us prepared for Windows 9 (Threshold) in some way. Hmmm…

    • Fahad Ali

      For a fleeting second or two that is what I thought as well. But then I figured Microsoft actively tests all patches and updates before sending them through.

      Appreciate the comment, Rodney.

      • Rodney Longoria

        If that’s true, @maldini3b:disqus, then that means this was intentional regarding testing the updates first, right?

        • Fahad Ali

          Or, it could be that no tester experienced it on their installations. Even having an army of software testers does not replicate the real world situation with all the different types of hardware and software configurations.

          But considering just how widespread this issue is, you could well be right. Would be rather odd if it was intentional.

          • Rodney Longoria

            That was my point: too many have reported this for it just to be an isolated issue here and there. I guess when the Tech Preview for Windows 9 hits, we’ll know more for sure then, eh? 🙂

  • Misterbear Fapp

    I can confirm the taskbar no long autohides on my laptop.

    • Fahad Ali

      Well, that’s a bummer. 🙁 Hopefully a fix arrives soon.

      • Misterbear Fapp

        Hmm, seems to come and go with a restart. This evening the task bar autohides.

  • Kelsy Martin

    Not good, but not a huge deal either. Should be fixable rather quickly. Hopefully Microsoft gets on top of this quickly so the negative feedback and press is kept to a minimum.