How to Trick Windows Update to Offer Windows 8.1 Spring Update Downloads


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The official release of Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 Update, also known as Windows 8.1 Feature Pack, is scheduled to release via Windows Update from April 8th, 2014. But if you cant wait, and does not want to download leaked Windows 8.1 Update, seea has discovered that a simple registry hack will allow Windows Update or Microsoft Update to offer you the Windows 8.1 Spring 2014 Update instantly.

The install Windows 8.1 Feature Pack and Spring 2014 Update now, do the following hack:

Run Registry Editor.
Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows
Add a new registry key.

Create New Registry Key
Name the new key as SHWindowsPoolS14.

SHWindowsPoolS14
Restart the computer.
Check for updates in Windows Update.

In fact, more updates are available using the registry trick, when comparing with 4 updates that officially part of the Windows 8.1 Spring Update package. The following 2 updates are offered first:

Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2919442) – (S14 Prerequisite v01.0008)
Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2939087) 1.0

Followed by:

Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2919355) (S14 (v14) and Supplemental (Av5Vv1Cv1))

Windows 8.1 Update from Windows Update

In summary, Windows Update will install the following updates in such a sequence:
KB2919442 Windows 8.1 Update prerequisite
KB2939087
KB2919355 Windows 8.1 Update
KB2932046 Windows 8.1 Update Supplement package
KB2938439
KB2937592 Windows 8.1 Update Supplement package


With more updates available, some applications are been updated to even newer build and version. For example, IE has the version of 11.0.9600.17031, and KB2937592 has the build version of 6.3.9600.17034 while KB2938439 has the build version of 6.3.9600.17037.

Note that if the trick, you can still download directly from Windows Update and run the MSU according to order above. Download links can be found here.

As usual, the updates apply to both Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.


How to Trick Windows Update to Offer Windows 8.1 Spring Update Downloads

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