Update KB2976978 and Monthly Rollup KB3197874 for Windows 8.1 are now out

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Microsoft recently rolled out a new update for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Update KB2976978 improves the update compatibility on the Windows ecosystem, making it simpler for you to keep your computer up to date.

Windows 8, 8.1 KB2976978 improvements

This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate compatibility on the Windows ecosystem and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update.

You can install KB2976978 from Windows Update. For more information about how to run Windows Update on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, check out Microsoft’s support page.

For the time being, this update appears to be quite stable. There are no reports regarding possible issues that KB2976978 could cause.

Speaking of updates, Microsoft also rolled out the second Monthly Rollup Update for Windows 8.1. KB3197874 brings important security updates and quality improvements that will make Windows 8.1 more stable and reliable. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update.

Windows 8.1 KB3197874 improvements

Security updates to Boot Manager, Microsoft Video Control, Common Log File System driver, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows authentication methods, kernel-mode drivers, Windows operating system, OpenType, Microsoft Virtual Hard Drive, and Internet Explorer 11.

For more information about the specific content of this update, check out Microsoft’s support page.  Monthly Rollup KB3197874  also includes improvements and fixes from the previous monthly rollup.

The security fixes brought by the Monthly Rollup Update KB3197874 are also included in the November 2016 Security Only Quality Update KB3197873. Installing either update installs the new security fixes.

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