This article describes a hotfix that re-enables the Start screen customization in Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro. For detailed information about how to customize the Start screen, see the More information section.

About this hotfix

This hotfix allows the Start screen customization policy to be enabled on non-domain-joined Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro installations. This functionality will continue to be limited to domain-joined computers for other Windows 8.1 Pro-based installations as that is described in KB article 3008289.

Hotfix information

Important If you install a language pack after you install this hotfix, you must reinstall this hotfix. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this hotfix. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix Download Available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, submit a request to Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft website:

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=supportNote The "Hotfix Download Available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

Prerequisites

There is no prerequisite to install this hotfix.

Registry information

To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.

Hotfix replacement information

This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.

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.

Windows 8.1 file information and notes

Important Windows 8.1 hotfixes and Windows Server 2012 R2 hotfixes are included in the same packages. However, hotfixes on the Hotfix Request page are listed under both operating systems. To request the hotfix package that applies to one or both operating systems, select the hotfix that is listed under "Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2" on the page. Always refer to the "Applies To" section in articles to determine the actual operating system that each hotfix applies to.

  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:

    Version

    Product

    Milestone

    Service branch

    6.3.960 0.16 xxx

    Windows 8.1

    RTM

    GDR

    6.3.960 0.17xxx

    Windows 8.1

    RTM

    GDR

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed separately in the "Additional file information" section. MUM, MANIFEST, and the associated security catalog (.cat) files, are very 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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Shell32.dll

6.3.9600.17958

19,794,384

17-Jul-2015

21:59

x86

Windows.systemtoast.explorer.lnk

Not applicable

1,450

21-Aug-2013

23:49

Not applicable

Windowsshell.manifest

Not applicable

670

18-Jun-2013

12:32

Not applicable

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Shell32.dll

6.3.9600.17958

22,369,608

17-Jul-2015

21:58

x64

Windows.systemtoast.explorer.lnk

Not applicable

1,450

22-Aug-2013

06:54

Not applicable

Windowsshell.manifest

Not applicable

670

18-Jun-2013

15:00

Not applicable

Shell32.dll

6.3.9600.17958

19,794,384

17-Jul-2015

21:59

x86

Additional file information

Additional file information for Windows 8.1

Additional files for all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1

File property

Value

File name

X86_2da088e53d41f2ecce029586105894f7_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17958_none_cb16f7d6b4ffe560.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

695

Date (UTC)

17-Jul-2015

Time (UTC)

22:12

Platform

Not applicable

File name

X86_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17958_none_00ed54ed2d799d11.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,360,120

Date (UTC)

17-Jul-2015

Time (UTC)

22:18

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Windowsshell.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

670

Date (UTC)

18-Jun-2013

Time (UTC)

12:32

Platform

Not applicable

Additional files for all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1

File property

Value

File name

Amd64_5fed6d1f1a6b62061d0c72431f2d11c5_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17958_none_0a9ef108045213e3.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

699

Date (UTC)

17-Jul-2015

Time (UTC)

22:12

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_eb43834d6459271d3abb9f0143fc4187_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17958_none_d5cf264ccbf78260.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

699

Date (UTC)

17-Jul-2015

Time (UTC)

22:12

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Amd64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17958_none_5d0bf070e5d70e47.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,352,062

Date (UTC)

17-Jul-2015

Time (UTC)

22:21

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Wow64_microsoft-windows-shell32_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.17958_none_67609ac31a37d042.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

1,321,915

Date (UTC)

17-Jul-2015

Time (UTC)

22:21

Platform

Not applicable

File name

Windowsshell.manifest

File version

Not applicable

File size

670

Date (UTC)

18-Jun-2013

Time (UTC)

15:00

Platform

Not applicable

Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

More Information

Customize Windows 8.1 Start Screens by Using Group Policy

References

See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

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