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October 2021 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 the October 2021 Patch, Tuesday updates KB5006670, KB5006667, KB5006672 for all supported windows 10 devices, Microsoft also released updates KB5006714, KB5006729 for older devices as well. As you know Windows 7 reached the end of support on 14th January 2020 these updates are only applicable for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012. And the Extended Security Updates KB5006743, KB5006728 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 KB5006714 (Monthly Rollup) and KB5006729 (Security-only update) contain miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.

  • Addresses an issue in which a user does not have a way to track DCOM activation failures on a server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2.

  • Addresses an issue in which an Internet print server cannot package the driver to send to the client.
  • Implements a Group Policy setting for the following registry value:
    • Registry location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PointAndPrintValue name: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators

      Value data: 1

    For more information, see KB5005010.

  • Adds the ability to configure period or dot (.) delimited IP addresses interchangeably with fully qualified hostnames in the following Group Policy settings:

  • Addresses an issue in which Security Account Manager (SAM) events are not displayed properly in the Event Viewer.

  • In Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, certain circumstances might cause Enterprise Mode Site List redirection from Internet Explorer 11 to Microsoft Edge to open the site in multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge.

Known issue:

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

  • Addresses an issue in which an Internet print server cannot package the driver to send to the client.

  • Implements a Group Policy setting for the following registry value:
    • Registry location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PointAndPrint
    • Value name: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators
    • Value data: 1

    For more information, see KB5005010.

  • Adds the ability to configure period or dot (.) delimited IP addresses interchangeably with fully qualified hostnames in the following Group Policy settings:
  • Addresses an issue in which Security Account Manager (SAM) events are not displayed properly in the Event Viewer.

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 is 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

  • KB5006714 — 2021-10 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  • KB5006729 — 2021-10 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Also, New cumulative updates available for the latest Windows 10 21H1, read the changelog from here.

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