A compatibility update is a software update that improves the compatibility experience in Windows 8 and in Windows Server 2012. Microsoft regularly releases Windows compatibility updates to improve the overall user experience.
This compatibility update is dated November 2012.
This compatibility update is dated November 2012.
How to obtain this update
Windows UpdateThis update is available from Windows Update.
Note This update is available for the release version of Windows 8 and of Windows Server 2012.
Microsoft Download CenterThe following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
|All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8||Download the update package now.|
|All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8||Download the update package now.|
|All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012||Download the update package now.|
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online servicesMicrosoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
The kinds of problems that are resolved by application compatibility updatesWhen you try to install and run certain games or applications in Windows 8 or in Windows Server 2012, 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 updateThe 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. The following are the three most common:
The update puts a hard block on the application. A hard block prevents an application that is incompatible with Windows 8 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.
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 or causes instability to application experience.
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
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.
|Application name||Behavior after you install the update|
|Atheros Bluetooth driver||You have to uninstall the driver to continue with the upgrade.|
|TOSHIBA recovery media creator||Application or device must be reinstalled after the upgrade.|
|Rapid Start Manager V 1.00.1201.2201||Application or device must be reinstalled after the upgrade.|
|Rapid Start Manager V 1.00.1201.0601||Application or device must be reinstalled after the upgrade.|
|Comodo Antivirus V 5.10.31649.2253||Improves user experience by warning the end-user and provides more information URL about the product.|
|Comodo Antivirus V 5.8.16726.2131||Improves user experience by warning the end-user and provides more information URL about the product.|
|Norton Antivirus 2012 V 184.108.40.206||Improves user experience by warning the end-user and provides more information URL about the product.|
|FlyFolder Japanese V 220.127.116.11|
|FlyFolder Japanese V 18.104.22.168|
|DiXiM Digital TV iVDR Edition Japanese V 22.214.171.124|
|Registry Mechanic V 126.96.36.199|
|Clearwire V 2.00.0043|
|AVG Anti-Virus 2012|
|OIGSM V 188.8.131.52||Enables the application's functionality.|
|LightScribe Simple Labeler V 184.108.40.206||Enables the application's functionality.|
|LightScribe System software V 220.127.116.11||Enables the application's functionality.|
|AOL Desktop V 9.7||Enables the application's functionality.|
|WinPcap V 4.1.2||Enables the application's functionality.|
|Mediencenter Assistent German V 18.104.22.1681||Enables the application's functionality.|
|Tekipakikakebomamu 8 (てきぱき家計簿マム8) Japanese V 8||Enables the application's functionality.|
|Telenor||Enables the application's functionality.|
|HP HS2340 (Ericsson) Driver||Enables the application's functionality.|
|Windows Movie Maker||Enables the application's functionality.|
File informationThe 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 and Windows Server 2012 file information notes
- 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 6.2.920 0.16 xxx Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM GDR 6.2.920 0.20 xxx Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM LDR
- 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 and Windows Server 2012" 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 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