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October 2020 Cumulative Updates available for Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1

New Monthly Rollup and Security-only updates available for older Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users who signup for Extended Security Updates (ESU) Here what's new

Along with October 2020 Patch, Tuesday updates KB4579311, KB4577671, KB4577668 for all supported windows 10 devices, Microsoft also released update  KB4580347, KB4580358 for older devices as well. As you know Windows 7 reached the end of support on 14th January 2020 these updates only applicable for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012. And the Extended Security Updates KB4580345, KB4580387 are available for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2 who have paid for Extended Security Updates (ESU).

For Windows 8.1

Both KB4580347 (Monthly Rollup) and KB4580358 (Security-only update) Correct the end date for daylight savings time (DST) in 2021 for the Fiji Islands.

And bring Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Graphics, Windows Shell, Windows Silicon Platform, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Remote Desktop, and Windows SQL components.

In addition, KB4580347 (Monthly Rollup) Addresses a Group Policy issue that could cause it to delete critical files if the policy “Delete local user profile” was enabled

  • Addresses an issue in which a Null port is created through the user interface.
  • Adds a notification to Internet Explorer 11 that informs users about the end of support for Adobe Flash in December 2020.
  • Addresses an issue with Microsoft Edge IE Mode that occurs when you enable Configure enhanced hang detection for Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.
  • Allows administrators to disable JScript in specific security zones.

Known issue:

When installing a third-party driver, you might receive the error, “Windows can’t verify the publisher of this driver software”. You may also see the error “No signature was present in the subject” when attempting to view the signature properties using Windows Explorer.

Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”.

Windows 7 SP1

Important Note:

Starting with today 14 January 2020  Windows 7 reached the end of life, means devices running windows 7 sp1 no longer receive any other security patches. Microsoft recommend upgrade windows 10 for latest security features and protection against milicious software.

Windows 7 end of life warning

Windows 7 users who extended sign up for Extended Security Updates (ESU) receive KB4580345 Monthly Rollup and KB4580387 Security-only update address an issue in Graphics Device Interface (GDI) that could cause unexpected user interface experiences such as missing screen elements, screen flickering, or a trailing screen.

Corrects the end date for daylight savings time (DST) in 2021 for the Fiji Islands.

Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Graphics, Windows Shell, Windows Silicon Platform, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Virtualization, Windows Core Networking, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows SQL components, and Windows Remote Desktop

In addition KB4580345 (Monthly Rollup)

  • Addresses an issue where Group Policy recursively deletes critical files when the “Delete local user profile policy” is enabled.
  • Addresses an issue in which a Null port is created through the user interface.

Known issues: 

Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”.

After installing this update and restarting your device, you might receive the error, “Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer,” and the update might show as Failed in Update History.

The company says this issue expected in the following circumstances:

  • If you are installing this update on a device that is running an edition that is not supported for ESU. For a complete list of which editions are supported, see KB4497181.
  • If you do not have an ESU MAK add-on key installed and activated.

If you have purchased an ESU key and have encountered this issue, please verify you have applied all prerequisites and that your key is activated.

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP Download links

Also Microsoft mention these updates are not available via Windows Update this can only be installed with a manual download. You can download these updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog website using the links below.

You must install the updates listed below and restart your device before installing the latest Rollup. Installing these updates improves the reliability of the update process and mitigates potential issues while installing the Rollup and applying Microsoft security fixes.

  1. The March 12, 2019 servicing stack update (SSU) (KB4490628).  To get the standalone package for this SSU, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog. This update is required to install updates that are only SHA-2 signed.
  2. The latest SHA-2 update (KB4474419) released September 10, 2019. If you are using Windows Update, the latest SHA-2 update will be offered to you automatically. This update is required to install updates that are only SHA-2 signed. For more information on SHA-2 updates, see 2019 SHA-2 Code Signing Support requirement for Windows and WSUS.
  3. The January 14, 2020 SSU (KB4536952) or later. To get the standalone package for this SSU, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog.
  4. The Extended Security Updates (ESU) Licensing Preparation Package (KB4538483) released February 11, 2020. The ESU licensing preparation package will be offered to you from WSUS. To get the standalone package for ESU licensing preparation package, search for it in the Microsoft Update Catalog.

After installing the items above, Microsoft strongly recommends that you install the latest SSU (KB4537829). If you are using Windows Update, the latest SSU will be offered to you automatically if you are an ESU customer.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • KB4580347 — 2020-10 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  • KB4580358 — 2020-10 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Also, New cumulative updates available for the latest Windows 10 2004, read the changelog from here.

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