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 October 2013.

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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

The update puts a hard block on the application. A hard block 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

The update puts a soft block on the application. A soft block notifies you when one of the primary functionality of the application is broken on Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 or causes instability to application experience.

Driver Block

This action 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

App

Version

Behavior after you install the update

NatureIME

9

Improves user experience by blocking the application from being installed.

Symantec Endpoint Protection

below 12.1.1900

Improves user experience by blocking the application from being installed.

SuperNova

up to 12.51

Improves user experience by blocking upgrade to Windows 8.1, blocking the application from being installed on Windows 8.1, and provides a URL for more information about the product.

Searchqu Toolbar

Not available

Improves user experience by not migrating the application to Windows 8.1, blocking the application from being installed on Windows 8.1, and provides a URL for more information about the product.

Nero Burning Rom

10

Improves user experience by fixing high resolution issue.

Diego's Ultimate Rescue League

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing high resolution issue.

Quest for Glory II

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing high resolution issue.

Nero Multimedia Suite

10

Improves user experience by fixing high resolution issue.

Reader Rabbit Oreschool Sparkle Star Rescue

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing high resolution issue.

Blend for Visual Studio

Not available

Improves user experience by fixing high resolution issue.

iMesh

up to 12

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Magix Video Delux 2013

up to 2013

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Google Picasa

3

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Business Card Factory Deluxe

4

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

ACDsee 16

up to 16

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Virtual DJ Free

7.4

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Adobe Photoshop Elements

up to 11

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Real Player SP Gold 16

up to 16

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

PowerDVD Ultra

up to 13

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Corel DVD Movie Factory Pro

up to 7

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

JUST Suite

up to 2013

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

AutoPlay Media Studio

up to 8.1

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Corel VideoStudio Pro

X6

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

Art Explosion 200.000

Not available

Application handles online-only OneDrive SmartFiles correctly.

SQL Server 2005

2005

Improves user experience by warning the end-user, and provides a URL for more information about the product.

O&O Disk Image

up to 7.1.93

Improves user experience by warning the end-user, and provides a URL for more information about the product.

Dell Backup and Recovery

Not available

Improves user experience by warning the end-user, and provides a URL for more information about the product.

Visual Studio 2010

2010 SP1

Improves user experiece by fixing issues.

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.

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

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Acres.dll

6.3.9600.16384

310,784

21-Aug-2013

13:16

x86

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

3,765,890

02-Oct-2013

14:13

Not applicable

Msimain.sdb

Not applicable

2,726,592

02-Oct-2013

14:13

Not applicable

Acgenral.dll

6.3.9600.16419

2,413,568

02-Oct-2013

18:42

x86

Acwinrt.dll

6.3.9600.16384

8,704

21-Aug-2013

11:47

x86

Acspecfc.dll

6.3.9600.16419

442,880

02-Oct-2013

18:48

x86

Drvmain.sdb

Not applicable

114,186

02-Oct-2013

14:13

Not applicable

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

408,072

02-Oct-2013

14:08

Not applicable

Msimain.sdb

Not applicable

2,757,152

02-Oct-2013

14:08

Not applicable

Acgenral.dll

6.3.9600.16419

289,792

02-Oct-2013

19:18

x64

Acwinrt.dll

6.3.9600.16384

10,240

21-Aug-2013

18:54

x64

Acspecfc.dll

6.3.9600.16419

41,472

02-Oct-2013

19:28

x64

Drvmain.sdb

Not applicable

115,294

02-Oct-2013

14:08

Not applicable

Acres.dll

6.3.9600.16384

310,784

21-Aug-2013

13:16

x86

Sysmain.sdb

Not applicable

3,765,890

02-Oct-2013

14:13

Not applicable

Acgenral.dll

6.3.9600.16419

2,413,568

02-Oct-2013

18:42

x86

Acwinrt.dll

6.3.9600.16384

8,704

21-Aug-2013

11:47

x86

Acspecfc.dll

6.3.9600.16419

442,880

02-Oct-2013

18:48

x86


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

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