Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked by Microsoft

It’s believed that the registry edit was intended to provide an easy way for Microsoft employees to dogfood the update prior to general availability. Unfortunately, that particular hole has since been plugged. Although the registry hack no longer allows you to update Windows 8.1, you can still download all the necessary files and install them manually.

In total, there are four individual updates you’ll need to grab — and make sure you’re getting the correct version for your device (32-bit, 64-bit, or ARM).

So what can you expect to find in Windows 8.1 Update 1? Loads of tweaks designed to make the desktop and Metro interfaces work better together. The taskbar can now display Metro apps and it can also be invoked on top of Metro apps (no need to switch back to the desktop just to see it). Metro apps now have a close button to make things more mouse friendly, and power and search icons have been added to the Start Screen so you don’t have to swipe and tap.

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