Windows 8 Gets A Service Pack Before It Starts

Conventional wisdom has often held that you should hold off any major operating system upgrade until the first service pack or point release. That logic is going to be difficult to apply with Windows 8, since the first service pack is essentially appearing before the operating system goes on general release on October 26.

The updates, which have been driven through changes requested by hardware manufacturers getting Windows 8 systems ready for sale, can be downloaded through Windows Update if you already have Windows 8 installed. Improvements from the updates include better battery performance and faster Start screen performance. One downside? A handful of system settings now require a reboot before they can be applied. While rebooting in Windows 8 is much faster, any forced reboot is a nuisance.

We've already seen Microsoft announce updates to several of the built-in Windows 8 apps earlier this week. While previous Windows service packs have often included major new functions or apps, that's less likely in the new Store-centric approach.

Updating Windows 8 for General Availability [Building Windows 8]


    no start button yet ?

      inb4 MM tirade re: Start Screen.

      But srsly, get over it. Start has been little more than a search box since Vista.

        For you maybe, but just because you use something in a certain way, doesn't mean everyone does.

          so really the people complaining about the lack of a start button are really complaining about their poor user skills....

            Cause a couple of mouse clicks is far slower than 2 mouse clicks then typing...
            It's not poor users it's different operating preferences

      Now shhh please.

      I just press "Windows" (to revert to Metro screen) and start typing. Identical keystrokes to Win-7. So again, how has it made things harder?

    Please don't let this turn into another thread of people complaining about the new start menu. The new start menu is overall more efficient and better, *most* options are easier to get to and require less steps, it's visually and improvement, it's more functional. And if for some reason you still don't like it, then download some damn addons that take 1 minute to download and install (such as Start8 instead of complaining on forums for 10 minutes about a good upgrade.

    On a more related note, I'm actually looking forward to Windows 8, I've been using it since the dev preview and am enjoying my time on it.

    Agree with MattM. If you don't like don't upgrade and stop the whining.

    I've been running a legitimate copy of Windows 8 Pro for a bit over a month now and I have to say it's a huge improvement over windows 7, especially the start screen. I hate having my desktop covered in icons but it's great to know that 1 button press away is all of my programs that I use regularly and if its not on the start screen all I have ot do is start typing it's name and it's there. Even my 4 year old can very easily navigate around without a problem. Those complaining about it are just complaining for the sake of it.

      It's human nature - people don't like to accept change.

      You wait, when the next M$ OS is released, those same people complaining about W8 will be saying "ewww, no, why the hell did you change that, I liked W8 just the way it was!"

      However, that's not to say it's a valid excuse, 'cause I'm getting bored of seeing people complain.

        Funny, I remember people saying the same thing about "change' before Windows Vista was released. Just because it's new doesn't make it better.

        Last edited 10/10/12 5:41 pm

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