After numerous screenshots illustrating some of new features included in the update, the Windows 8.1 Update 1 is now available on various file sharing and P2P sites.

The ISO image is the build 9600.16596. WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN. 140114 0237, a 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, compiled on January 14, 2014.

The build includes all changes made by the software maker from Redmond to simplify the use of the operating system for users who prefer to use a keyboard and mouse. Moreover, you can also see the changes that make less sharp transition between the desktop and modern interfaces.

Compared to the current Windows 8.1 build, released on October 18, 2013, the first noticeable change is the title bar – activates when hover the mouse on the top edge – for store apps, which includes a drop-down menu in the left side, containing items to snap the app to the left or right side and close the app; while the right side exhibits standard close and minimize buttons. Like the desktop apps, now store apps also show the app name – centered – on the title bar.


Other visible changes have been made to the Start screen. Now when you right click on a tile, a menu opens up, containing items to resize the title, uninstall the app, unpin from Start, pin to taskbar, and so forth.

FYI, these changes are exclusive to traditional computers. Users who use touch devices won’t see any of them. Moreover, a link to the Control Panel in the PC Settings; and power and search buttons on the Start screen have been added.

It’s a preliminary release, and we can’t deny the bugs that Microsoft may have fixed in the next revisions. And obviously, we won’t share the download links for legal reasons. As we at don’t support or promote piracy. So please don’t ask for the download link/serials/crack etc.

It’s advised to avoid such leaked builds as they can be infected with malware.

Microsoft will release the final version of Update 1 for Windows 8.1 on Tuesday, March 11