Location apps can't retrieve the correct GPS location data in Windows

Symptoms
When you are in a GPS-only scenario (for example: no cellular or Wi-Fi), some location apps, such as Bing Maps and Google Maps that call the GeoLocation API to get GPS location information can't retrieve the correct GPS data from the GPS sensor in Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, or Windows Server 2012 R2. The apps show the user in last location they were at instead of their current location.
Cause
This issue occurs because the GNSS location sensor takes longer to get a reading than the cellular or Wi-Fi sensor. The original API doesn't wait long enough for this GNSS-only scenario.
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
More information
After you install this update, you must add the following registry entry:
  1. In Registry Editor, locate and then select the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Location
  2. Press and hold (or right-click) Location, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  3. Name the new registry entry as WaitLongerForGPS.
  4. Double-click the WaitLongerForGPS registry entry.
  5. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, enter 1 in the Value data field, and then click OK.
  6. Exit Registry Editor.
References
Learn about the terminology that Microsoft uses to describe software updates.
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Article ID: 3155465 - Last Review: 05/17/2016 19:17:00 - Revision: 1.0

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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