Windows 8.1 snooping patch KB 2976978 re-re-re-releasedPosted on November 2nd, 2016 at 10:29 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge
It’s an optional patch, so you won’t get it unless you ask for it.
The KB article is now up to revision 32.
Microsoft is careful to note (this time):
This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate compatibility on the Windows ecosystem and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update.
It’s the Win8.1 analog to the much-discussed Win7 KB 2952664.
While Microsoft implies that the patch only does its snooping if you enable the Customer Experience Improvement Program, I haven’t found any official confirmation.