TABLET UPSTART Microsoft has announced that its Surface tablets can once again be updated to Windows RT 8.1 after previously having withdrawn the update.
The Redmond firm was forced to remove the Windows RT 8.1 update from its Windows Store after customers found that their devices were being bricked by the update.
Microsoft explained that, while the "bricking issue" was not permanent or widespread, it could be traced back to a particular set of upgrade circumstances, saying, "This was due to a rare situation where firmware updates had not completed at the time of the update to [Windows] RT 8.1.
"In most cases, if a customer encountered this issue the result was simply an extra reboot. However, for a very small percentage, the boot configuration data was affected which prevented a successful boot," Microsoft added.
In a completely coincidental move, Microsoft also announced that the ARM chip based tablet will henceforth be known simply as "Surface" rather than "Surface RT", though that's not to be confused with the "Surface Pro" that has an Intel x86 chip and runs Windows 8.1 rather than Windows RT 8.1.
The fix couldn't come at a better time for customers, as Microsoft released the second iteration of the Surface RT tablet, cleverly named the "Surface 2", yesterday.
Meanwhile, anyone who is still experiencing problems with their Surface RT tablet can go to the Microsoft website, where it has made an unbricking tool available.
With Windows RT 8.1 back on track, Microsoft has high hopes for its tablet range, hoping it can compete with the Tabtronics Quantum 7 and ePad Multitouch 9. Here at The INQUIRER we think that's adorable. µ
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