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The "easy" way to update has been shut down, but unauthorized methods still exist

Windows 8.1 may not be a highly regarded in the enthusiast community, but that didn’t stop some Windows 8.1 loyalists from discovering that Windows 8.1 Update 1 was sitting on Microsoft’s servers, ripe for the picking.
Initially, Update 1 was available by simply adding a new key in your system registry. Adding a new key called “SHWindowsPoolS14” followed by a system reboot allowed Windows 8.1 to download six prerequisite updates to get you to the official Update 1 build.

However, after news of the “unauthorized” downloads started to quickly spread, Microsoft shut down the registry hack and took down the updates necessary to complete the process.
However, for those that missed the show before Microsoft pulled the plug, the updates needed are available here.
A word of caution, the updates have to be installed in the following order:
  1. KB2919442 
  2. KB2939087
  3. KB2932046
  4. KB2919355
  5. KB2938439
  6. KB2937592 
If you aren’t comfortable performing the updates on your own, just wait for Microsoft’s official release. If you feel up to task, there are some helpful guides available at Neowin and My Digit Life.

Sources: Neowin, My Digit Life,

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Didn't work here
By AMDftw on 3/7/2014 10:41:31 AM , Rating: 2
I have followed the instruction but I can not get the popup for “SHWindowsPoolS14? I've tried a few times. oh well... I'll try later on.

RE: Didn't work here
By Gungel on 3/7/2014 11:06:24 AM , Rating: 2
Dude that boat sailed hours ago. Microsoft plugged the hole an hour after it was discovered. Your only chance now is to download the updater files from a sharing website and install it the correct way or wait until April 3rd for the official release.

RE: Didn't work here
By AMDftw on 3/7/2014 11:12:25 AM , Rating: 2
Damn, I was asleep :( lol Damn central time.

By techxx on 3/7/2014 1:23:44 PM , Rating: 4
Windows 9 here yet?

By W00dmann on 3/7/14, Rating: 0
RE: Bleh
By imaheadcase on 3/8/2014 5:08:55 AM , Rating: 1
Sucks to be you. Its a great OS now.

RE: Bleh
By FearTec on 3/13/2014 1:32:01 AM , Rating: 2
Why does it need updates then ;)

AmigaOS all the way baby
By ranran on 3/8/2014 12:48:05 PM , Rating: 2
Loved my Amiga with Fat Agnus........ I miss her..... :)

By valkator on 3/10/2014 3:25:47 PM , Rating: 2
Hell with all you guys. I am running OpenVMS on my VAX 7000.

It not only is the size of my furnace, but it takes the place of it as well.

Now that is what I call a versatile computer.

your order is wrong!
By enlil242 on 3/11/2014 12:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
Um, I think you have listed the update order wrong. All docs I see show this order:


By villageidiotintern on 3/7/14, Rating: 0
why upgrade?
By hellokeith on 3/7/14, Rating: -1
RE: why upgrade?
By RandomFool on 3/7/2014 10:32:27 AM , Rating: 5
I haven't seen a reason to upgrade since installing Windows 95.

RE: why upgrade?
By HoosierEngineer5 on 3/7/2014 11:17:30 AM , Rating: 2
I've got Level III Basic (by Bill Gates). Never once got a virus.

RE: why upgrade?
By Fleeb on 3/7/2014 10:32:53 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get that either. Windows 95 worked well and people suddenly updated to Windows 2000.

RE: why upgrade?
By Mr Perfect on 3/7/2014 10:44:15 AM , Rating: 3
yeah, I dunno. Everyone kept hammering on about the NT kernel being so stable, but the 9x kernel only crashed once or twice a day if you kept the installed dram under 512MB...

RE: why upgrade?
By Argon18 on 3/7/14, Rating: 0
RE: why upgrade?
By amanojaku on 3/7/2014 12:12:31 PM , Rating: 3
None of the comments in this thread were meant to be taken seriously...

RE: why upgrade?
By Argon18 on 3/7/14, Rating: -1
RE: why upgrade?
By amanojaku on 3/7/2014 2:15:37 PM , Rating: 3
Oh really? Then why does Windows own 90% of the desktops and 50% of servers? And that's based on PHYSICAL system sales. Throw virtualization into the mix and you'll see a significant boost in Windows installations, but only a modest increase in Linux installations. And UNIX sales are declining. Zing!

RE: why upgrade?
By Argon18 on 3/7/14, Rating: -1
RE: why upgrade?
By amanojaku on 3/7/2014 4:45:35 PM , Rating: 5
Funny, because Linux is FREE, but it's not everywhere (1.5% of desktops, 30-40% of servers). iPads (36%) are EXPENSIVE, yet they have a majority share (second-place Samsung's tablets combined have 19.1%). So much for the "it's cheap, that's why everyone uses it" argument. Many factors are involved in software and hardware usage, not just price.

Here's your slice of humble pie. Bon appétit!

RE: why upgrade?
By AlurianNighthawk on 3/8/14, Rating: 0
RE: why upgrade?
By hellokeith on 3/7/2014 3:28:51 PM , Rating: 3
My downrating makes it even more funny. :D

RE: why upgrade?
By amanojaku on 3/7/2014 4:13:46 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I thought the sarcasm was obvious when you mentioned Windows 2000.

RE: why upgrade?
By inighthawki on 3/7/2014 9:14:00 PM , Rating: 2
Nah it's a bunch of people like Argon18 who probably saw it, had an aneurism at the mention of Windows (especially one so old) and got into such a blind rage of pathetic hatred that they only saw the contents of the post, and not the point.

RE: why upgrade?
By hellokeith on 3/7/2014 6:24:11 PM , Rating: 2
correct names were 95 SR2 (service release 2) and 98 SE (second edition)

RE: why upgrade?
By Flunk on 3/7/2014 10:35:33 AM , Rating: 4
Screw Microsoft, I'm running CP/M.

RE: why upgrade?
By dgingerich on 3/7/2014 10:44:42 AM , Rating: 2
I'm still trying to find a way to run HP-UX on x86.

RE: why upgrade?
By Farfignewton on 3/9/2014 3:17:28 PM , Rating: 2
When that untested tech bites you, you'll be sorry you upgraded past drawing in the dirt with a stick. In fact, I've still got ten fingers, so I'm ditching the stick.

RE: why upgrade?
By Schadenfroh on 3/7/2014 10:50:52 AM , Rating: 2
I've "finally" upgraded from DOS 6 to FreeDos, posting from text-browser Arachne FTW!

RE: why upgrade?
By amanojaku on 3/7/2014 11:30:05 AM , Rating: 2
Everyone else in this thread are fad-chasing idiots!

-Scratched into my stone tablet

RE: why upgrade?
By Farfignewton on 3/9/2014 3:19:40 PM , Rating: 2
Oh? Too good to draw in the dirt with a finger, Mr. Fancypants?

RE: why upgrade?
By amanojaku on 3/9/2014 5:54:31 PM , Rating: 2
WHAT?!? Draw in the DIRT? That's volatile storage. You'll lose your data the next time it rains.

And with a finger! Why'd you throw away the stick? It has a smaller write area, so you can write more data.

Now, a stone tablet is archive quality. True, the write write latency is nothing to admire, but you know your data is secure.

But between you and me, I hear there's these new CLAY tablets. They're soft like dirt, but you can fire 'em and make 'em hard, sorta like stone. And if you use a stick, you can get increased data density AND multiple asynchronous writes! Plus, they're PORTABLE!!!

By Argon18 on 3/7/14, Rating: -1
RE: microsoft
By atechfan on 3/7/2014 5:11:35 PM , Rating: 5
Yet the number of people who downloaded the hack still outnumbers desktop Linux users.

RE: microsoft
By ballmerrapedargon18 on 3/8/14, Rating: -1
"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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