• Don’t check that box! Stealthy Win7 patch KB 3083324 arrives with no warning, little documentation

    Now available in InfoWorld Woody on Windows

    People all over the world are waking up this morning to a nice little present in their Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) Windows Update boxes – KB 3083324, which describes itself as “Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: September 2015.” Here’s what the KB article says:

    This article describes an update that contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

    That’s it. If there’s any further description, I can’t find it. In particular, as of this writing anyway, it isn’t even listed in the official Windows Update catalog.

    There’s some conjecture that the patch may fix the intolerably long wait some people are experiencing when checking for updates in Win7.

    Fortunately, the patch is optional – it appears in the Windows Update list as an unchecked item in the Optional list.

    Are you feeling lucky? Want to beta test a Windows Update update? Enjoy the feeling of exhilaration when Microsoft releases yet another stealthy patch?

    My advice: Don’t check that box.

    t/h Bogdan Popa, Softpedia