Windows 8.1 November 2014 update rollup is out

There is good news for all Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 users. The November 2014 update rollup is out and available for download. This update rollup is a big package and brings some improvements to Windows 8.1 besides resolving a number of issues. It also includes all previously released updates since the last major update in April 2014. Let's see what the change log includes for this update rollup.


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The November 2014 update rollup includes the following new features and improvements:

  1. Refreshed language packs
  2. Defence-in-depth security and Schannel hardening
  3. Support for newer hardware (boot order allowance, SD card improvements, USB debugging)
  4. Improved Web Services for Devices (WSD) printer support during network switches
  5. Performance and reliability improvements in clustered virtual machine mission-critical environments
  6. Improved manageability
  7. Additional hardware support (devices that have third-party disk encryption software enabled can now be upgraded to Windows 8.1 more easily)

The November 2014 update rollup also includes all previous updates since the last image update in April 2014. This is a convenient single step to bring Windows clients and servers up to date. Unlike the April 2014 update, the November 2014 update rollup is not mandatory in order to continue receiving security or other updates. However, it is strongly recommended that you install it to benefit from these new features and improvements as well as to prevent many known issues that have been resolved since April. Microsoft claims that this update is thoroughly tested to the same quality level as service packs. However, unlike service packs, this update does not change the version number and does not deprecate or change any APIs in a manner that would require recertification.

You can get the November 2014 update rollup using the following links:

Download the x86-based Windows 8.1 update package.

Download the x64-based Windows 8.1 update package.

Download the x64-based Windows Server 2012 R2 update package.

Alternatively, you can install it via Windows Update.
If you are having issues with installing the November 2014 update rollup, check out the following page.

Check out the list of fixed issues included in this update rollup:

For home users:

  1. KB 3005576 "0x0000009F" Stop error when you connect a dock or a keyboard to a device in Windows RT 8.1
  2. KB 2989252 Excel freezes for a short time when you open an Excel workbook on a network share in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  3. KB 3005692 Bluetooth device cannot reconnect to the computer in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  4. KB 3005781 You cannot print an A3 size document in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
  5. KB 2993843 You cannot eject media or "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon does not appear
  6. KB 3009054 You encounter some OneDrive issues in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1
  7. KB 3006135 New page cannot be displayed in OneNote app in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  8. KB 3005308 Some MOV files cannot be played in Windows 8.1

For IT professionals:

  1. KB 2990852 November 2014 update for the Cloud Platform System for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  2. KB 2992073 Update Rollup 2 for the Play To feature
  3. KB 3002653 Update to support AAC and LATM format audios in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
  4. KB 3004074 Update to support UHS-1 SD cards in Windows 8.1
  5. KB 3005303 Update for MPEG4 parser to support YouTube DRM playback in Internet Explorer 11
  6. KB 3004546 Updated APN entry for Latvian Mobile Telephone in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  7. KB 3003074 Improves how the Windows clipboard handles OLE data transfer for media types
  8. KB 3004905 Windows Hyper-V improvement for Linux virtual machines that have file systems that are larger than 2 TB
  9. KB 2987846 Domain controller crashes when the server is under a heavy load in Windows Server 2012 R2
  10. KB 2987135 You cannot decrypt data after you encrypt it by using CredLocker
  11. KB 2979127 You cannot perform token-based activation in Windows 8.1
  12. KB 3002656 You cannot connect to WSD printers if your network profile is set to public
  13. KB 3008279 You cannot open the Windows Store without an Internet connection
  14. KB 3005346 You receive User Account Control dialog box unexpectedly in Network
  15. KB 3002858 "0x0000009F" Stop error when you put the computer in sleep mode or hibernation
  16. KB 2958570 "0x000000D5" Stop error when you remove a volume on a Windows-based Hyper-V server
  17. KB 3004547 "0x0000001E" Stop error occurs on a VPN server
  18. KB 3007507 HTTP Error 500.19 error when you browse an IIS 8.5 website
  19. KB 3005344 Shortcut menu does not appear when you right-click Start
  20. KB 3008289 Start screen can be customized unexpectedly after you apply update 2919355 on a Windows 8.1 Pro-based computer
  21. KB 3006119 Notification dialog boxes are not high-DPI aware on a high-DPI device
  22. KB 3004163 Application crashes when you input text at the beginning of multiple lines
  23. KB 3002855 Applications that use the Windows Imaging Component APIs may crash
  24. KB 2955135 Event ID 20291 is logged in the System event log when a client computer is moved to a different IP network
  25. KB 3003727 USB 3.0 debugger through a USB 2.0 port is not supported on Intel System-on-Chip (SoC) devices in Windows 8.1
  26. KB 3002859 Miracast display resolution changes after you shut down and then restart a Windows 8.1-based computer
  27. KB 3008242 The system does not enter Connected Standby after you install update 2996799 in Windows 8.1
  28. KB 3002297 The SMB Redirector may hang when the SMB protocol is used in Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1
  29. KB 3000371 Chinese IME usage data is not recorded in the S_TextServicesUsage table
  30. KB 3000123 iSCSI SAN server that's running Windows Server 2012 R2 restarts unexpectedly on a high-speed network
  31. KB 2999802 Solid lines instead of dotted lines are printed in Windows 8.1
  32. KB 2884176 Large backlogs on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1-based or Windows Server 2012 R2-based DFSR servers
  33. KB 3004182 Memory leak when transiting web pages that contain the Windows Media Player ActiveX control in Windows
  34. KB 3004068 Storport delays PnP removal of a device in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  35. KB 3003645 Log Sense command populates the Parameter field with arbitrary data unexpectedly
  36. KB 3003643 Slab consolidation cannot be completed by runnning the defrag command-line
  37. KB 3002869 Graphics adapter crashes or timing data is incorrect when you try to analyze the GPU performance of an application
  38. KB 3005307 Some MP4 files that are created by Final Cut Pro X cannot be played
  39. KB 3004541 PowerShell commands do not return results on an RRAS server in Windows Server 2012 R2
  40. KB 3004540 Memory usage becomes high when you run an application in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
  41. KB 3004539 SERVFAIL error from a Windows Server 2012 R2-based DNS server that has DNSSEC enabled
  42. KB 3004538 Site-to-site VPN interfaces cannot be created after existing interfaces are removed in Windows Server 2012 R2
  43. KB 3004537 DHCP client always includes option 61 when sending the DHCP request
  44. KB 3006111 Display identification number may overlap for certain DPI on a dual-monitor setup in Windows 8.1
  45. KB 3005712 USB personal healthcare devices cannot be recognized
  46. KB 3005578 Virtual RAM is not released when you turn off VMs
  47. KB 3002288 DFSR service freezes when it calls a method on a Windows Server 2008 R2-based server
  48. KB 2998553 Too much UAL diagnostic information is logged in application event log in Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012
  49. KB 2996903 NTFS file system freezes on a data deduplication volume in Windows Server 2012 R2
  50. KB 2996802 TRIM and UNMAP activities for thin provisioning on one volume block all activities on other volumes
  51. KB 2998082 gMSA-based services can't log on after a password change in a Windows Server 2012 R2 domain
  52. KB 3004075 Windows-based MSDSM doesn't handle sense code 02/04/03 (LUN Not Ready - Manual Intervention Required)
  53. KB 3003073 Update to add "Windows 7 Enterprise" option in GPMC in Windows Server 2012 R2
  54. KB 3002322 RSOP is not displayed correctly and an error occurs on a Windows Server 2012 R2-based server
  55. KB 3001266 Office documents freeze when saving through a slow network on a domain-joined computer in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
  56. KB 3000481 WSUS database is not cleared correctly after you run Server Cleanup Wizard on the WSUS server
  57. KB 2996432 Screen flickers when you close a window in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

That's it.

5 thoughts on “Windows 8.1 November 2014 update rollup is out

  1. Phil

    Wow! Huge improvements and bug fixes! Thanks for the post!

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep, really big change log.

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  2. vmhoffers

    The 20 November 2014 Windows 8.1 updates CAUSED the problem of the computer rebooting each time it went into sleep. System Restore back to settings prior to the 11/20/14 update fixed that problem. Not sure what to do now. I’m a homeuser

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      It is some weird KB for sure.

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  3. Gertjan

    Stupid windows. This update will not install on my laptop. Ive tried many different times. It seems to stp at 99% and then i get the evil “we couldnt complete the updates undoing changes”. This takes like an hour.

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