Update For Windows RT 8.1 Feature Improvement : KB 3033055 Released
Update for Windows RT 8.1 feature improvement : KB 3033055 Released
If you are using a Windows RT 8.1 device, such as a Surface RT or a Lumia 2520, you may be interested in the latest update that Microsoft has released for your operating system. The update, which is labeled as KB 3033055, adds some new features and improvements to Windows RT 8.1 that make it more user-friendly and functional.
Update for Windows RT 8.1 feature improvement : KB 3033055 Released
What's new in KB 3033055?
The most noticeable change that KB 3033055 brings is the Start menu. The Start menu replaces the modern Start screen that was introduced in Windows 8 and 8.1, and gives you a familiar and convenient way to access your apps and settings. The Start menu also preserves the access to all your Windows RT 8.1 apps, which you can pin, unpin, resize, and rearrange on the app grid.
Another change that KB 3033055 introduces is the circular frames for user account pictures. This is a cosmetic improvement that affects some areas of the Windows RT 8.1 UI, such as the logon screen, the Start screen and Start menu, the User Accounts Control Panel, and the dialog box that appears when you add or link an account.
How to get KB 3033055?
KB 3033055 is available on Windows Update as an optional update. You can check for updates manually by going to Settings > Change PC settings > Update and recovery > Windows Update > Check now. If you see KB 3033055 listed, you can select it and install it. You may need to restart your device after the installation.
Alternatively, you can download KB 3033055 from the Microsoft Update Catalog website. You will need to use Internet Explorer to access this website. You can search for KB 3033055 by its number or by its title: Update for Windows RT 8.1 feature improvement. You will see different versions of the update for different languages. Choose the one that matches your device's language and download it. Then run the downloaded file to install the update.
How to enable or disable the Start menu?
If you install KB 3033055, the Start menu will be enabled by default. However, you can switch back to the Start screen if you prefer it. To do so, follow these steps:
From the desktop, press and hold (or right-click) the taskbar, and select Properties.
Select the Start Menu tab.
Clear the check box that's labeled Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen.
Select OK on the Taskbar and Start Menu Properties dialog box.
Select Sign out and change Start on the Change Start dialog box that appears.
To enable the Start menu again, repeat these steps but select the check box in step 3.
How to use KB 3033055?
Once you have installed KB 3033055 and enabled the Start menu, you can start using it right away. Here are some tips on how to use it:
To open the Start menu, press the Windows logo key on your keyboard or device, or select the Start button on the lower-left corner of your screen.
To pin or unpin apps to the Start menu, press and hold (or right-click) an app on the app grid or on the All Apps list, and select Pin to Start or Unpin from Start.
To resize apps on the Start menu, press and hold (or right-click) an app on the app grid, and select Resize. Then choose from Small, Medium, Wide, or Large.
To rearrange apps on the Start menu, drag and drop them to a new position on the app grid, pinned list, or most frequently used apps list.
To search for anything on your device or online, type in the search box on the upper-right corner of your Start menu. You will see search results from your device, apps, settings, files, web results, and more.
To return to the desktop from any app or screen, press and hold (or right-click) an empty space on your taskbar, and select Show desktop.
To use both desktop and immersive Internet Explorer at the same time, open Internet Explorer from your desktop taskbar or from your All Apps list. Then press and hold (or right-click) an empty space on your taskbar, and select Show windows side by side.
KB 3033055 is a welcome update for Windows RT 8.1 users who want to enjoy some of the features that Windows 10 offers. The update adds a new Start menu that gives you easy access to your apps and settings while keeping all your Windows RT 8.1 apps available. The update also improves some aspects of the Windows RT 8.1 UI with circular frames for user account pictures. If you have a Windows RT 8.1 device, you can get KB 3033055 from Windows Update or from Microsoft Update Catalog website.
What are the benefits of KB 3033055?
KB 3033055 is a useful update for Windows RT 8.1 users who want to have more control and customization over their devices. The update offers some benefits that can enhance your user experience and productivity. Here are some of them:
The Start menu gives you a familiar and convenient way to access your apps and settings without leaving the desktop. You can also customize the Start menu to suit your preferences and needs.
The circular frames for user account pictures add a touch of elegance and style to your Windows RT 8.1 UI. They also make it easier to identify your account and switch between accounts if you have multiple ones.
The update also fixes some bugs and improves the performance and stability of your Windows RT 8.1 device. You can enjoy a smoother and faster operation of your device after installing the update.
What are the drawbacks of KB 3033055?
While KB 3033055 is a welcome update for Windows RT 8.1 users, it also has some drawbacks that you should be aware of before installing it. Here are some of them:
The update does not bring all the features that Windows 10 offers, such as Cortana, Action Center, Edge browser, or Universal Windows Platform apps. You will still be limited by the capabilities and compatibility of Windows RT 8.1.
The update may cause some issues with your device if you install it after installing any monthly rollup dated November 2017 or later. Your device may not start up properly or may encounter other problems. Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
The update may not be compatible with some apps or settings that you have on your device. You may need to adjust or reinstall some apps or settings after installing the update.
Should you install KB 3033055?
The answer to this question depends on your personal preference and needs. If you want to have a new Start menu and circular frames for user account pictures on your Windows RT 8.1 device, you may want to install KB 3033055. However, if you are happy with the Start screen and don't mind the square frames for user account pictures, you may not need to install KB 3033055. You should also consider the potential issues that the update may cause with your device or apps.
In any case, you should always back up your important data before installing any update on your device. You should also check for updates regularly to keep your device secure and up to date.
How to use the Lock screen in KB 3033055?
Another change that KB 3033055 brings is the Lock screen. The Lock screen is the screen that appears when you turn on your device or when you lock it. The Lock screen shows you the date and time, your battery status, and some notifications from your apps. You can also access some settings and features from the Lock screen, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, camera, and power options.
To unlock your device from the Lock screen, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen. You will be asked to enter your password or PIN, or use another sign-in option if you have set one up. To lock your device from any screen, press the power button on your device.
To customize your Lock screen, go to Settings > Change PC settings > PC and devices > Lock screen. You can choose a picture for your Lock screen background, or use a slideshow of your pictures. You can also choose which apps can show notifications on your Lock screen, and which app can show detailed status information.
How to troubleshoot KB 3033055?
If you encounter any problems with KB 3033055, such as installation errors, performance issues, or compatibility issues with your apps or settings, you can try some troubleshooting steps to fix them. Here are some of them:
Run Windows Update Troubleshooter. This tool can help you find and fix problems with Windows Update. To run it, go to Settings > Change PC settings > Update and recovery > Fix problems with Windows Update.
Run a clean boot. This can help you determine if a third-party app or service is causing problems with KB 3033055. To perform a clean boot, follow the steps in this article: How to perform a clean boot in Windows.
Uninstall KB 3033055. If none of the above steps work, you