Can't connect to the desktop of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 from a remote desktop at low screen resolution

This article describes an issue in which you can't connect to the desktop of Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2 from a remote desktop at low screen resolution. An update is available to fix this issue. Before you install this update, see the Prerequisites section.
Symptoms
This issue occurs when you use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2 desktop from a low screen resolution device. When this issue occurs, you can only see the Start screen, but you can't switch to the desktop.
How to get this update
Important If you install a language pack after you install this update, you must reinstall this update. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

Method 1: Windows Update

This update is provided as a Recommended 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 8.1DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 DownloadDownload the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012 R2DownloadDownload the package now.
Note The update for Windows RT 8.1 can be got only from Windows Update.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, select 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, install April 2014, update rollup for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (2919355) in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Registry information

To apply this update, you don't 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 doesn't replace a previously released update.
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
References
Learn about the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.
File Information
The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Be aware that dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time and with your current daylight saving time bias. The dates and times may also change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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:
    VersionProductMilestoneService branch
    6.3.960 0.18 xxxWindows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2RTMGDR
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and the MUM files (.mum) that are installed for each environment are listed 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.
Windows RT 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Twinui.appcore.dll6.3.9600.18092773,63216-Oct-201514:18Not applicable
x86 Windows 8.1
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Twinui.appcore.dll6.3.9600.18092954,88016-Oct-201514:13x86
x64 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTimePlatform
Twinui.appcore.dll6.3.9600.180921,220,09616-Oct-201514:18x64
Twinui.appcore.dll6.3.9600.18092954,88016-Oct-201514:13x86

Additional file information

Windows RT 8.1
File propertyValue
File nameArm_6b08bdf5bd2d6409b7c38e5b7d167951_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_e3343a496e0cb350.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size702
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:38
PlatformNot applicable
File nameArm_microsoft-windows-twinui-appcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_265df0ce7673f6a1.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,384
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)14:43
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,602
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:38
PlatformNot applicable
x86 Windows 8.1
File propertyValue
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size1,602
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:39
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_e462432873754c75afefd9fb83607f39_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_5af581ab40790b71.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size702
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:38
PlatformNot applicable
File nameX86_microsoft-windows-twinui-appcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_265b7e767676d7db.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,384
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)15:03
PlatformNot applicable
x64 Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
File propertyValue
File nameAmd64_2d0881d369eb2e69e28ca4e991e867d7_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_c152f03793cba47b.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:39
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_e8fd89914ecc6fd8f4af1dcc23df7b21_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_936a3ee9fc4c2179.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size706
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:39
PlatformNot applicable
File nameAmd64_microsoft-windows-twinui-appcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_827a19fa2ed44911.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,388
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)15:14
PlatformNot applicable
File nameUpdate.mum
File versionNot applicable
File size2,289
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)21:39
PlatformNot applicable
File nameWow64_microsoft-windows-twinui-appcore_31bf3856ad364e35_6.3.9600.18092_none_8ccec44c63350b0c.manifest
File versionNot applicable
File size15,388
Date (UTC)16-Oct-2015
Time (UTC)15:03
PlatformNot applicable
Properties

Article ID: 3105115 - Last Review: 04/12/2016 20:02:00 - Revision: 2.0

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation, Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1

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