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April 2022 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 April 2022 Patch, Tuesday updates KB5012599, KB5012591, and KB5012647 for all supported windows 10 devices. Microsoft also released updates KB5012670, and KB5012639 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 KB5012626 and KB5012649 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 KB5012670 (Monthly Rollup) and KB5012639 (Security-only update) contain miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.

  • Addressed a bug with Windows Media Center that cause issue that had users configure the application on each start.
  • Fixed a memory leak issue that was introduced by the PacRequestorEnforcement registry key in the November 2021 cumulative update.
  • Resolve an issue that could cause Event ID 37 to be logged during password change scenarios.
  • Fixed a domain joins failing issue in environments that use DNS hostnames.

In addition following fixes included exclusively on KB5012670 Monthly Rollup.

  • Windows might go into BitLocker recovery after a servicing update.

  • Addresses an issue that causes a Denial of Service vulnerability on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV)
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the changing of expired passwords when signing in.

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)”.

Issues with apps using the ” Microsoft .NET Framework to acquire or set Active Directory Forest Trust Information”. These may fail, close, or may throw errors messages such as access violation (0xc0000005).

Windows 7 SP1

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

Windows 7 KB5012626 and KB5012649 also bring similar changes that include:

  • Fixed an Access Denied error when writing a service principal name alias and Host/Name already exists on another object.
  • Addresses an issue in Windows Media Center where some users might have to reconfigure the application on each start.

  • Fixed a memory leak bug that was introduced by the PacRequestorEnforcement registry key in the November 2021 Cumulative Update
  • Addresses an issue in which Event ID 37 might be logged during certain password change scenarios.

  • Addresses an issue in which domain joins may fail in environments that use disjoint DNS hostnames.

In additon windows 7 KB5012626 monthly rollup fixed an issue that prevents changing of expired passwords when signing in.

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

  • KB5012670 — 2022-04 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  • KB5012639 — 2022-04 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Also, New cumulative updates are available for the latest Windows 10 21H2, read the changelog from here.

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