Update for Windows RT 8.1 feature improvement

Applies to: Windows RT 8.1

About this update

This article describes an update that adds the Start Menu and other features to Windows RT 8.1. The following new features are available for Windows RT 8.1 users.

Start menu

The Start menu completely replaces the modern Start screen, while preserving complete access to all Windows RT 8.1 applications.

How to

Use the following methods to return to the Desktop and to use both desktop and immersive Internet Explorer at the same time.

Circular Frames for User Account Pictures

Selected areas of the Windows RT 8.1 UI are improved to present user account pictures in circular frames. These areas include the following:
  • The Logon screen
  • Start screen and Start menu
  • User Accounts Control Panel
  • The immersive dialog box that appears when you add a new local account or Microsoft Account (MSA) to the system or when you link an existing local account to an MSA.
The following UI areas are unchanged:
  • The Account pictures in PC Settings > Personalize and PC Settings > Accounts.
  • The Windows Security credential dialog box.
There's no method enabling or disabling this improvement.

Known issues

Symptom Workaround
If you install KB3033055 (released September 2015) after installing any Monthly Rollup dated November 2017 or later, your device may not start up properly.

Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

If you choose to install KB3033055, which is an optional update, we recommend that you install it before installing later update packages.


How to get this update

This update is available on Windows Update. For more information on how to run Windows Update, see How to get an update through Windows Update.

More Information

To get the updated Language Interface Pack (LIP) resources, please install update 3097667.


See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.