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  • No, you don’t want the Rollup Preview patches

    Posted on April 19th, 2017 at 09:00 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you new to this game…

    Yesterday, Microsoft released

    • April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB4015552)
    • April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB4015553)
    • April, 2017 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012 (KB4015554)

    No, you don’t want them. They’re test versions. The finals will come out next month. Nothing in them of interest — unless you’re supporting software that has to live with the next versions of Win7 and 8.1 (in which case, you have my sympathy).

    Günter Born reports (in German) that he’s heard of two complaints about the Win 8.1 patch preview, KB 4105553, not installing properly.

    No need to hide them. Just ignore them. And remember we’re at MS-DEFCON 1 at the moment – no need to install anything. Non, not even the .NET patches that were just changed from “Optional” to “Recommended.”

    • April, 2017 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB4014981)
    • April, 2017 Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB4014985)

    If you’re concerned about Daylight Savings Time in Magallenas, Chile, you might consider installing KB 4015193. As you do so, contemplate why it’s so infernally difficult to change something that should be easy and transparent — like, say, the time on your phone.

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