Microsoft often releases patches on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Redmond time. So it got here as one thing of a shock after we noticed the second spherical of April patches rolling out on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2:30 p.m. Admins, who’ve come to count on this type of erratic habits, are pulling out extra grey hair.
I might perceive if the Fourth Tuesday patches included one thing crucial that required last-minute tweaking. However…, Microsoft.
Right here’s a rundown of this month’s second-wave patches:
Win10 model 1809 – nothing. Delays within the 1809 patches are outdated information, however the traditional excuse includes additional testing within the Home windows Insider Launch Preview (beta testing) ring. This month, 1809 isn’t within the Launch Preview ring. It’s simply AWOL.
Win10 model 1803 – cumulative replace KB 4493437 has a bunch of little “high quality” (non-security) fixes, plus 10 separate Japanese date bug fixes. The IE “Customized URI Schemes” bug launched earlier has apparently been fastened. Each of the opposite acknowledged bugs are nonetheless there, together with Rename on a Cluster Shared Quantity crashing the system.
Win10 variations 1709, 1703, 1607, 1507 – get equally ginormous volumes of little fixes, plus 10 or 11 Japanese date bug fixes, relying on model.
Home windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 – Preview of Month-to-month Rollup KB 4493443 incorporates seven Japanese date bug fixes and nothing else.
Home windows 7, Server 2008 R2 – Month-to-month Rollup Preview KB 4493453 has eight Japanese date bug fixes and bupkis.
There are additionally equally stunted Month-to-month Rollup Previews for Server 2008 SP2 and Server 2012, in addition to non-cumulative Safety-only patches for Win 8.1 and Win 7. The latter comprise 17 individually recognized Japanese calendar-related fixes — and nothing else.
All of those patches are reserved for individuals who both particularly choose them in Home windows Replace, obtain and set up them manually, or (shudder) click on “Test for updates.”
Microsoft’s been attempting to repair the Japanese calendar each couple of weeks for nearly a yr. Guess it’s a tough Laptop Science downside.
Most disconcerting, at the very least to me, is that there seems to be no decision to the “soiled six” Win 7 and eight.1 patches launched earlier this month that bluescreened PCs working numerous antivirus packages.
Microsoft has promised that Win10 1809 and 1803 would develop a brand new approach to block the set up of Win10 1903, by way of an opt-in hyperlink known as Obtain and set up now. I don’t see any trace of that characteristic simply but.
It’s important to ask your self why all of those lame patches took so lengthy – and when (or if!) we’ll see a Win10 1809 patch.
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