Microsoft today pulled its Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store over installation issues reported by some users. First released two days ago, Microsoft provided little information about the specific issue that has led to this decision. It only provided the following statement:
Windows RT 8.1 update Removed
Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience.
The Verge reports that the issue appears to damage boot data during the update. Affected machines include both Microsoft’s own Surface tablet as well as OEM devices. They cannot be used and a recover drive is required to resolve the issue. On the flip side, numerous Windows RT users have reported successful upgrades as well.
Microsoft does not yet have an ETA to fix the issue and return the Windows RT 8.1 update to the Windows Store. It has promised to “provide updates as they become available.”
This issue is limited to the Windows RT 8.1 update and does not affect the Windows 8.1 update for Intel-based devices. The latter remains available.
Let us know below how your Windows 8.1 (RT or not) has gone.