Microsoft Releases Cumulative Update For Windows 8 Ahead Of General Availability

Microsoft has rolled out a new cumulative update for Windows 8 operating system. The latest update will bring performance, audio and video playback, application and driver compatibility, and battery improvements.

The major update is released just ahead of general availability of the flagship operating system. To be precise only two weeks before the release of Windows 8 for public. The update will be automatically delivered to all Windows 8 systems via Windows Update.

In a statement about the update, Microsoft explained, “During the final months of Windows 8 we challenged ourselves to create the tools and processes to be able to deliver these post-RTM updates sooner than a service pack. By developing better test automation and test coverage tools we are happy to say that Windows 8 will be totally up to date for all customers starting at General Availability. If you are an MSDN or enterprise customer, these updates will be available for your Windows 8 PCs via Windows Update as of today (October 9), following our standard cadence for Windows Updates on the second Tuesday of each month at about 10:00am.”

KB2756872 GA cumulative update

The General Availability Cumulative Update is available for Windows 8 Client and Windows Server 2012. This GA cumulative update package provides a collection of performance and reliability improvements designed to improve overall Windows 8 experience. Microsoft recommends applying this GA cumulative update as a part of the regular maintenance routines.


  • Increased power efficiency to extend battery life
  • Performance improvements in Windows 8 applications and Start screen
  • Improved audio and video playback in many scenarios
  • Improved application and driver compatibility with Windows 8

Known issues:

  • When you turn a Windows feature on or off, the computer may need a restart. For example, this action may be necessary when you turn Remote Access on or off.

If you are a MSDN or enterprise customer running Windows 8 RTM on your computer system, you will notice the update available through Windows Update. The KB 2756872 update is around 200 MB download, depending on your system and may need a system restart to complete the update.

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