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Summary

A compatibility update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in Windows 8.1 and in Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft regularly releases Windows compatibility updates to improve the overall user experience.

This compatibility update is available as a dynamic update dated November 2013.

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Update information

How to obtain this update

This compatibility update is offered when you upgrade to the release version of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

The kinds of problems that are resolved by application compatibility updates

When you try to install and run certain games or applications in Windows 8.1 or in Windows Server 2012 R2, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
  • The game, the application, or the driver is installed incorrectly.
  • The game, the application, or the driver causes system instability.
  • The primary functions of the game, of the application, or of the firmware do not work correctly.

Applications or devices that experience a change in behavior after you install this update

The following table lists the applications and devices that were included in this cumulative update package. This table also describes the behavior of these applications and devices after you install the update.

Compatibility updates trigger several changes in Windows 8.1 and in Windows Server 2012 R2. The following are the three most common:
Hard block
Puts a hard block on the application. This prevents an application that is incompatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 from running on the system.

Note Microsoft enables Windows to put a hard block on a non-Microsoft application only if the manufacturer is notified. 
Soft block
Puts a soft block on the application. This notifies you when a primary function of the application may not work or may cause application instability.
Driver Block
May block an existing driver on your computer. When the driver is migrated during the upgrade, an Inbox driver will be installed.

Applications and devices that are included in this update

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Applications or devicesVersionBehavior after you install the update
Any Video Converter Freeup to 4.5Reduces the effect of an issue with the application.
ArcSoft Print Creationsup to 3Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Ashampoo MyAutoplay MenuNot availableApplication handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Assassin's Creed IIINot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
AutoCAD LTup to 2013Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Autodesk TrueViewup to 2013Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
AVG TuneUp Utilities2013Removes a warning message for a compatible version of the application.
AwesomenautsNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Baidu Photo AlbumNot availableApplication handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Checkpoint FirewallNot availableSupports the application by allowing a previously blocked driver to work.
Connectify Lite5Warns the user about compatibility problems with the application.
CorelDraw Graphics SuiteX6Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Counter-StrikeNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Diablo IIINot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Expression Studio Ultimate4Reduces the effect of an issue with the application.
iTunesup to 11Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Kaspersky PURE3Blocks installation of the application since it affects system stability.
Magix Video deluxeup to 2013Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
MediaMonkeyup to 4Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Media Suiteup to 10Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Mount & Blade: WarbandNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Office Picture Managerup to 2010Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Photobieup to 7.2Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Quallcomm Atheros WLAN and Bluetooth ClientNot availableReduces the effect of an issue with the application.
Quicken Deluxe2013Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Ringtone Studioup to 3Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Send to KindleNot availableReduces the effect of an issue with the application.
SOURCENEXT Virus Security ZERO12.2.0197Blocks installation of the application since it affects system stability.
StarCraft IINot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Syncables Desktop SEup to 5Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
T-Mobile Rocket 4GNot availableReduces the effect of an issue with the device.
Tencent QQ Imageup to 3Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Winampup to 5.65Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Worms ArmageddonNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Worms: RevolutionNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
ZoneAlarmNot availableSupports the application by allowing a previously blocked driver to work.
Third-party information disclaimer

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The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products.
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File information

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The global version of this hotfix installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and the times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and the times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time together with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and the times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2" section. MUM and MANIFEST files, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are extremely important to maintain the state of the updated components. The security catalog files, for which the attributes are not listed, are signed with a Microsoft digital signature.
For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Acres.dll6.3.9600.16384310,78421-Aug-201313:16x86
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable3,777,82616-Oct-201315:43Not applicable
Msimain.sdbNot applicable2,726,59216-Oct-201315:43Not applicable
Acgenral.dll6.3.9600.164362,413,56816-Oct-201320:04x86
Acwinrt.dll6.3.9600.163848,70421-Aug-201311:47x86
Acspecfc.dll6.3.9600.16436442,88016-Oct-201320:10x86
Drvmain.sdbNot applicable114,18616-Oct-201315:43Not applicable
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable3,777,82616-Oct-201315:43Not applicable
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For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2
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File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable409,98216-Oct-201315:41Not applicable
Msimain.sdbNot applicable2,757,15216-Oct-201315:41Not applicable
Acgenral.dll6.3.9600.16436289,79216-Oct-201320:43x64
Acwinrt.dll6.3.9600.1638410,24021-Aug-201318:54x64
Acspecfc.dll6.3.9600.1641941,47202-Oct-201319:28x64
Drvmain.sdbNot applicable115,29416-Oct-201315:41Not applicable
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable409,98216-Oct-201315:41Not applicable
Acres.dll6.3.9600.16384310,78421-Aug-201313:16x86
Sysmain.sdbNot applicable3,777,82616-Oct-201315:43Not applicable
Acgenral.dll6.3.9600.164362,413,56816-Oct-201320:04x86
Acwinrt.dll6.3.9600.163848,70421-Aug-201311:47x86
Acspecfc.dll6.3.9600.16436442,88016-Oct-201320:10x86
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For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

Additional file information

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Additional file information for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1
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File size725
Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:14
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_3894922cbcbeda971b3127e7632e49ef_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16436_none_c31c498187dbfcb8.manifest
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Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:14
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Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:14
PlatformNot applicable
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Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
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Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:14
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File versionNot applicable
File size3,312
Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:14
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Date (UTC)16-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)23:31
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Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
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File versionNot applicable
File size2,611
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2013
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Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2
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File nameAmd64_09d6136aa33d2e58f908b85972f7eb73_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16436_none_bf59284c12cb9160.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size727
Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:11
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_51b758758a05328d4353c517e15537a5_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16436_none_4bef9c1ba0a2047b.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size729
Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:11
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_686b77d004168ceda4705a61d884b865_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.16436_none_b4468332f306ab3e.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size727
Date (UTC)20-Oct-2013
Time (UTC)14:11
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Article ID: 2890142 - Last Review: February 19, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
Applies to
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
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