Problems updating windows 8 apps

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Note: Microsoft temporarily halted and then resumed Windows update 8.1 for Surface RT since this article was written.

The issues described here should eventually be resolved, but the commands I highlight are important troubleshooting steps that may be useful, in general, when encountering issues on Windows RT or 8.1 (especially Modern UI problems).

Interrupting updates while they’re in progress could damage your Surface.

If an update seems to be stalled and your Surface doesn’t restart automatically, wait at least 20 minutes before trying to restart your Surface yourself. After your Surface restarts, try installing updates again. Solution 2: Force a shut down See Force a shut down and restart your Surface to find out how.

Microsoft released Windows 8.1 for Intel and RT on October 17th, but it didn't receive much buzz.