• Patch Lady – so what about the “B” patchers?

    To those of you out there in Patching land that are “B” patchers – that is you do a more Enterprise patching and only install the Windows 7 security only updates and the IE security updates rather than the cumulative rollup model, (aka https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4103712 ) please note that I have not seen in my personal testing the networking issues referred to in the cumulative update.  I honestly think you will be okay installing the May updates in the “B” fashion.

    Note for those of you that are cumulative update patchers, this issue with the loss of networking is *not* widespread.  Again I really wish that Microsoft would be more forthcoming about which vendor, and even better which network card in question was seen having this issue.  I’m asking around on the patchmanagement.org list but in the meantime, this post hints at Intel as well as this post on Reddit.

    What I would recommend you do, and honestly it’s wise to do these days in general, is to visit the vendor of your computer or the vendor of your network card and update both your bios and network drivers from the vendor’s web site.

    To see if you have intel nics, go into the properties of your network card.  It will typically be Intel or Broadcom but there may be other vendors.

    Again I will stress that I’m not seeing this impact ALL Intel networking cards, I honestly think it’s just certain machines, certain vendors, but I can’t say with 100% certainty it’s X model of computer – which is what I’d really like to do.  Print out these instruction ahead of time… bottom line what you are doing is telling the machine to re-find the drivers.

    To locate the network device, launch devmgmt.msc; it may appear under Other Devices.
    To automatically rediscover the NIC and install drivers, select Scan for Hardware Changes from the Action menu.
    a. Alternatively, install the drivers for the network device by right-clicking the device and choosing Update. Then choose Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse my computer for driver software.