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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 dated December 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, the application, or 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
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
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
AhnLabv3Application is blocked from running because of severe compatibility problems.
AIDA64 Extreme Edition3Warns the user about compatibility problems with the application.
Ashampoo 3D CAD Architecture (German)Up to 4.*Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Dia0.97.2Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
DriverMaxNot availableRemoves a warning message for a compatible version of the application.
Faster Than LightNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
F-Secure Enterprise productsNot availableRemoves a warning message for a compatible version of the application.
FUDEMAME Standard23Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
GeoGebraUp to 4.*Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
GIMPUp to 2.*Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
GnumericUp to 1.*Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Hitman AbsolutionNot availableImproves user experience by fixing a high-resolution issue.
Kaspersky consumer products2013Warns the user about compatibility problems with the application.
KMPlayer (Korean)Up to 3.*Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Nuance PaperPortUp to 14.*Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
Quicken Deluxe2011Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
SnagIt11Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
SonicWALL VPNNot availableReduces the effect of an issue with the application.
ThinkVantage Fingerprint SoftwareNot availableWarns the user about compatibility problems with the application.
YoZo Office personal edition2012Application handles online-only OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) SmartFiles correctly.
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Article ID: 2907800 - Last Review: February 20, 2014 - Revision: 2.1
Applies to
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 RTM
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
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