Windows 8.1 November Update Rollup (aka Update 3) Now Available for Download

Many people think that Microsoft will keep releasing update packs for Windows 8.1 similar to Update 1 but unfortunately they are wrong. We have already told you in past that Microsoft will no longer release such kind of major update packs such as update 2, update 3, etc for Windows 8.1 operating system. Instead they'll release smaller update packs or update rollups as a part of their Patch Tuesday program for Windows 8.1.

Following the decision, Microsoft released August Update for Windows 8.1 which was considered as Update 2.


Now again Microsoft has released November Update Rollup for Windows 8.1 which can be assumed as Update 3 or service pack 3, etc. It doesn't matter whether its a simple update or a major update, the important thing is that every Windows 8.1 user should install it as it provides various fixes and improvements.

The new November update rollup contains many issue fixes and performance and reliability improvements. It also includes all previous updates since the last update released in April 2014.

November update rollup includes following new features and improvements:

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

This update also fixes following annoying issues reported by users:

  • "0x0000009F" Stop error when you connect a dock or a keyboard to a device in Windows RT 8.1
  • 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
  • Bluetooth device cannot reconnect to the computer in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  • You cannot print an A3 size document in Windows 8.1 or Windows 7
  • You cannot eject media or "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" icon does not appear
  • You encounter some OneDrive issues in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1
  • New page cannot be displayed in OneNote app in Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
  • Some MOV files cannot be played in Windows 8.1
  • Update to support AAC and LATM format audios in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
  • Update to support UHS-1 SD cards in Windows 8.1
  • Update for MPEG4 parser to support YouTube DRM playback in Internet Explorer 11
  • Windows Hyper-V improvement for Linux virtual machines that have file systems that are larger than 2 TB
  • You cannot perform token-based activation in Windows 8.1
  • You cannot connect to WSD printers if your network profile is set to public
  • You cannot open the Windows Store without an Internet connection
  • You receive User Account Control dialog box unexpectedly in Network
  • "0x0000009F" Stop error when you put the computer in sleep mode or hibernation
  • Shortcut menu does not appear when you right-click Start
  • Start screen can be customized unexpectedly after you apply update 2919355 on a Windows 8.1 Pro-based computer
  • Notification dialog boxes are not high-DPI aware on a high-DPI device
  • Application crashes when you input text at the beginning of multiple lines
  • Miracast display resolution changes after you shut down and then restart a Windows 8.1-based computer
  • The system does not enter Connected Standby after you install update 2996799 in Windows 8.1
  • Solid lines instead of dotted lines are printed in Windows 8.1
  • Memory usage becomes high when you run an application in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8
  • Screen flickers when you close a window in Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2

November update is already available via Windows Update. If you want to download the update directly from Microsoft servers for offline use, you can download it using following links:

Download November Update (KB3000850) for Windows 8.1 (32-bit) (448 MB)

Download November Update (KB3000850) for Windows 8.1 (64-bit) (711 MB)

Download November Update (KB3000850) for Windows Server 2012 R2 (711 MB)

Following update files are available for download on each page:

  • Windows8.1-KB3000850.msu
  • Windows8.1-KB3003057.msu
  • Windows8.1-KB3014442.msu
  • Windows8.1-KB3016437.msu (for Windows Server 2012 R2 only)

You need to download and install all of them.

Prerequisite: Please note that the KB2919355 update (aka Update 1) must be installed on your computer to be able to install November update.

Windows RT 8.1 users will need to download the update only from Windows Update.

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  • Hello

    As you have mentioned that "It also includes all previous updates since the last update released in April 2014" so let us know if this November Update Rollup (aka Update 3) built-in "August Update for Windows 8.1 which was considered as Update 2".


  • This update brakes up windows ,can't restart/shutdown anymore.
    Settings are not working anymore,can't boot in safemode very hard to make it work again.

  • No issue here so far.
    So, will Microsoft also release a new ISO?
    Thanks VG!

  • VG

    ^^ Most probably no.

    Thats sad to know. It worked fine here.

    According to Microsoft, yes. It does contain all previous updates. So installing Update 1 and this November update rollup should be sufficient for a clean Windows 8.1 installation.

  • I can confirm Black_Ps` issue, it completly locked out settings, can't restart or reboot into safe mode or even engage system restore... I had to reinstall windows and shoose not to update.... worst update ever, absolutly needs to be revised. DO NOT INSTALL IT!

  • My problem was with Avast after i have uninstalled Avast now it's working,i have done a search on google and found the fix.

  • Yea i found same issue and same fix, its AVAST causing the issue.

  • last Tuesday, I didn't know that the roll up update was included as an option but I included it in the update anyway. At first, my OS keeps on restarting after the update but it was alright now. No issues with my antivirus

  • I don't understand, what's the point of packing all the updates from April. They are already provided separately and installed through windows updates. Why MSFT is forcing people to download them again?

  • Huge update! , thanks for info VG,
    I am gonna slipstream the msu to install.wim, Lets do DISM.

  • after restarting and installing updates my computer like a fresh install from dvd, before load the start screen Windows do configure the system, funny update

  • @haeddy, from your expression it looks like the update is kind of servicing package for windows 8.1.

  • I installed this set of updates, and I was able to uninstall it. My computer locked up and I DO run Avast.

  • Two attempts to install. Both times laptop reboots twice, then the update says it can't finish, and it undoes the update.

  • Hello

    Can I integrate this Update 3 into the Windows 8.1 ISO has integrated Update 1 using WinToolkit?

    Further, as this update fixes a issue that "You cannot perform token-based activation in Windows 8.1", so kindly let us know, if after run this update we cannot reactivate (restore activation) using "Advanced Token Manager".


  • I installed kb3000850 this way and it still shows up when I scan for updates when I check for update history it shows as installed

  • For me Ok ... win 8.1 update 3 ... installed and it's ok ....... :-)

  • kb3000850 trashed my computer. After the update I couldn't start or reinstall my Webroot antivirus, so I tried to do a system restore. After that, the computer wouldn't boot and I had to refresh Windows and spend several hours restoring my settings and some of my software. DO NOT INSTALL THIS UPDATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.S. My computer is a Dell XPS 8500 desktop running Windows 8.1.

  • Yeah it is a trashy update! I tried it twice with the other updates that came with it. The other updates installed flawlessly. But when I did the KB30000850 it wouldn't reboot out of restart. My screen just kept blinking in cycles. I tried it twice and had to do system restore twice. Luckily restore worked for me. I won't try again to push my luck, its a lousy trashy update! I don't recommend it!!

  • Known issue : (

    You receive a 0x800f0922 or 0x80070005 error message when you try to install this update


    Assume that you have either of the following configurations:

    You have a Windows Server 2012 R2 server that is running on hardware that has UEFI that has Secure Boot enabled.

    You have a Windows Server 2012 R2-based Hyper-V host that is running, and you are running a Generation 2 virtual machine guest that uses UEFI firmware support and that has the Secure Boot option enabled. Additionally, the guest virtual machine is running Windows Server 2012 R2.

    In these configurations, update 3000850 may not be installed, and you receive a 0x800f0922 or 0x80070005 error message.

    Solution :

    To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

    1. Install the updated servicing stack update 2975061, and then restart the computer.
    2. Try to reinstall this update.

  • Will not install on the W8.1 machine here.
    Had prev installed the earlier update, so do know that's not the problem.
    It just says "not installed," and gives no reason.

  • From reading comments above, I consider to be LUCKY the KB30000850 refused to install.
    Just hope the other one, which did install, won't wreck my computer.

  • Update broke my installation of Windows... Audio service won't start, shutting down/restarting rarely works and Windows Explorer is consistently freezing... Currently doing a system restore, I would stay away from this update...

  • Stay away from NOV update... It locked me out of my own laptop after failing to install. (HAD AVAST)... After that the laptop wont recognize my Pin and I wasnt sure of my PWD.... Never had any problems with Avast before this problem... After Uninstalling Avast and doing trick hacks modyfying utilmanager (left lower icon on log screen) to become MSCONFIG , I could LOG and install the failed update... I could fix some issues without reinstalling WIN...

    RESTART ,Shutdown and . Win Explorer andControl Panel freezes were fixed....

    **MY KINIVO USB dongle is not working or being detected (it does not turn ON -blue light)... Bluetooth does not show up anywhere... LOST BLUETOOTH functionality and have not recovered it...

    - I am now trying some registry changed and will Restart soon

  • It works Fantastic Here. I Love Windows 8.1 Update 3 Very Much.

  • Avast has fixed the problem,i'm running Avast Premier without any problem. The update is great.

  • I am also facing the issue of this update wrecking my laptop.

  • lost my email accounts after update-restored to previous condition,now works

  • Sorry if this isn't really the best place to ask, but how would I get this to automatically install if I was doing a clean install of Win 8.1 /w Update 1 via USB?

  • VG

    ^^ You can try following 3rd party tool:

    Also check following:

  • I wanted to ask you guys something, do you think I should upgrade to Windows 8.1 or should I stick to Windows 7?

    Thanks in Advance!

  • VG

    ^^ That depends upon user's preferences. If you want to try a new OS with many new features and differences, then you can upgrade to Windows 8.1. If you are not ready to try something new, stick with Windows 7. There are many UI changes between Windows 7 and 8.1.

  • Thanks VG, I'm a long time lurker (RSS reader) of your site, and glad to see that when I do ask, you are straight in there with helpful info. :D
    I'm gonna give WinReducer when I am ready to re-install Win 8.1.

  • Message:

    Hey VG !!

    Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 ISOs with November Rollup (Update 3) included to MSDN Subscribers. They updated all the Windows 8.1 ISOs (including VL) to November Rollup (Update 3) Update.

    Vinay Godara

    I am very Happy. Because I like to keep my Windows PC Up to Date.
    & This Update 3 is Functioning V. Well in my Windows 8.1 PC.


  • now Im confused for update KB3000850 after read your comments now you tell me that I will have to install this update or no because I have downloaded it but not install yet please tell me seriously that I wil install this or not this will give benefits or defects it has advantages or disadvantage....
    Please help me with to give your reply/answer.

  • Each time Windows 8.1 after going into sleep mode and awakened, or is restarted, the system printer reverts to the original printer (network printer) and doesn't remember any change I made (e.g. a selection of a pdf virtual printer set as default).

    How can this be corrected?

  • So does this break Microsoft Toolkit, KMSpico or any other KMS activators?

  • oh yeah, and if your wondering why it has Update 2 as well, is because Update 2 caused a multitude of problems for Windows 8.1 users (fonts, BSoD, etc.), so Microsoft included a "fixed" update 2 in Update 3.

    See, so we ARE getting Service Packs, just with a different name :)

  • none of these will install on my windows 8.1 Asus notebook..kb3000850 won't even keeps installing for hours ...running and running
    and running and running and run....................................................

  • Dear mister Microsoft,

    This is a poorly tested update. It does not work. I almost spend an hour of my spare free time solving the "Windows cannot start up" message on my screen after trying to install this. I have a 700 euro laptop and its well configurated and everything was working just fine.

    So dear mister Microsoft, i beg you: Stop the trashy updates!!

  • update kb3000850 deleted 28 days of email, what is the fix?

  • ◦Windows8.1-KB3000850.msu

    What is the order of install of the above updates?

  • On my Acer ES1-512, a $200.00 Notebook it showed up in windows updates all alone. During the download, I noticed the MB's decreasing from 775.8mb, down to 774.0mb then to 762.8mb, this reminded me of SP's on Windows 7... That's why I came here to look up KB3000850... No problems installing or otherwise, sorry some are having problems with it. My concern is that 2 days ago, I ran sfc /scannow in elevated CMD Prompt. Windows found corrupt system files it could not repair, when the APP tried to download the same files from The Store, the reply said that the The Store files were also Corrupted... and could not fix them..... I did not see in KB3000850 where MS fixed any of these problems.... IMHO, Microsoft should check the files in the APP Store for Corruption...!

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