Update enables magstripe drivers to support new devices in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1

This article describes an issue in which magstripe drivers in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 have a limited number of supported devices. An update is available to resolve this issue. Before you install this update, see the Prerequisites section.

Symptoms

The inbox drivers for Magnetic stripe reader (MSR) Human Interface Devices (HID) have a limited number of supported devices from two Original equipment manufacturers (OEM), MagTek and iD Tech, and are not extensible to support more devices. 

How to obtain this update

Important Do not install a language pack after you install this update. If you do, the language-specific changes in the update will not be applied, and you will have to reinstall the update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

Note This update enables OEMs to customize the driver for new devices that use different vendor IDs or product IDs and still keep Windows Store apps supported.

Method 1: Windows Update

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

Method 2: Microsoft Download Center

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Operating systemUpdate
All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1Download Download the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 Download Download the package now.
Note The update for Windows RT 8.1 can be obtained only from Windows Update.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Update detail information

Prerequisites

To install this update, you must have April 2014, update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (2919355) installed in Windows 8.1. 

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

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

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.
File information

Status

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

References

See the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.

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Article ID: 3061493 - Last Review: Jul 14, 2015 - Revision: 1

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