Compatibility update for the web and media upgrade experience is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Introduction

A compatibility update for the web, store and media upgrade experience is available. This update improves the web, store and media upgrade experience when you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. Additionally, this update provides the latest compatibility status of the applications, devices, and drivers that are already installed on your computer.

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Update information

How to obtain this update

This compatibility update is offered when you upgrade to the release version of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2.

Upgrade actions

This compatibility update may trigger several actions when you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, including the following:

  • Upgrade block

    Puts an upgrade block on an application that may cause the upgrade to Windows 8.1 or to Windows Server 2012 R2 to fail. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 put an upgrade block on a third-party application only if the manufacturer is notified. The user must uninstall the application to continue with the upgrade.

  • Hard block

    Puts a hard block on an incompatible application when you upgrade to Windows 8.1 or to Windows Server 2012 R2. When a hard block is put on an incompatible application, you cannot run the application after you upgrade. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 put a hard block on a third-party application only if the manufacturer is notified. Improves the user experience by warning the end-user, and provides a "more information" URL about the product.

  • Soft block

    Puts a soft block on an application when you upgrade to Windows 8.1 or to Windows Server 2012 R2. A soft block notifies you when a primary function of an application may not work or may cause application instability. Improves user experience by warning the end-user, and provides a "more information" URL about the product.

  • Driver block

    May block an existing driver on your computer when you upgrade to Windows 8.1 or to Windows Server 2012 R2. If this occurs, a driver for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is installed.

  • Block upgrade, can reinstall

    May block the upgrade to Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. To continue the upgrade, you must uninstall the application or driver. After Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 is installed, the application or driver may function correctly after it is reinstalled.

  • Reinstall after upgrade

    Enables the successful completion of the upgrade to the release version of Windows 8 .1 or Windows Server 2012 R2. However, you can reinstall the application or device after the upgrade.

  • Migration block

    Blocks an incompatible application from being migrated either completely or partially during the upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 so that the upgrade completes successfully.

Changes in upgrade behavior when you install the update

Applications or devices may experience a change in behavior after this compatibility update is installed.

The following table lists the applications and devices that may be dynamically migrated when you update. This table also describes the behavior of these applications and devices after this compatibility update is installed.

App

Version

Behavior after you install the update

SuperNova

up to 12.51

Improves user experience by blocking the upgrade to Windows 8.1, by blocking the application from being installed on Windows 8.1, and by providing a URL for more information about the product.

Searchqu Toolbar

not available

Improves user experience by not migrating the application to Windows 8.1 by blocking the application from being installed on Windows 8.1, and by providing a URL for more information about the product.

ZoneAlarm

2013

Improves user experience by fixing issues.

Expression Studio 4 Ultimate

4

Improves user experience by fixing issues.

McAfee AV products

2013

Allows upgrade to Windows 8.1 to complete successfully by completely or partially removing the incompatible application. The removed application can be re-installed on Windows 8.1.

Trend Micro Titanium

2013 for NTT

Allows upgrade to Windows 8.1 to complete successfully by completely or partially removing the incompatible application. The removed application can be re-installed on Windows 8.1.

Panda Security

up to 2014

Allows upgrade to Windows 8.1 to complete successfully by completely or partially removing the incompatible application. The removed application can be re-installed on Windows 8.1.

Outpost Antivirus Pro, Outpost Security Suite Pro

8

Improves user experience by blocking upgrade to Windows 8.1.

Visual Studio

2012

Improves user experience by fixing issues.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.

The global version of this update 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.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows 8.1

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Drvmain32.sdb

Not applicable

431,182

02-Oct-2013

14:14

Not applicable

Sysmain32.sdb

Not applicable

795,724

02-Oct-2013

14:14

Not applicable

For all supported x64-based versions of Windows 8.1 and of Windows Server 2012 R2

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Drvmain32.sdb

Not applicable

431,182

02-Oct-2013

14:09

Not applicable

Drvmain64.sdb

Not applicable

433,132

02-Oct-2013

14:09

Not applicable

Sysmain32.sdb

Not applicable

795,724

02-Oct-2013

14:09

Not applicable

Sysmain64.sdb

Not applicable

663,116

02-Oct-2013

14:09

Not applicable


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 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.

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