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  • The most recent Servicing Stack Updates

    Posted on October 14th, 2018 at 06:42 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    For those of you wondering whether you have the latest version of the Windows Update Servicing Stack — the part of Windows Update that actually does the update — @Karl_F1_Fan kindly sent me this list.

    (For those of you who update through Windows Update, this list is mostly educational. For those who install updates manually, remember that you need to have the latest SSU before you install a Monthly Rollup or a Cumulative Update.)

    As of Oct. 14:

    Win7 / 2008 R2: install order is important#1 KB3177467. #2 KB3172605

    Win 8.1/2012 R2: KB3173424

    Win 10

    1507: KB4132216 (only Special machines no public deploy)

    1511: KB4035632

    1607: KB4132216

    1703: KB4132649

    1709: KB4339420

    1803: KB4456655

    1809: KB4465477

    The Win7 SSU was announced to be re-released as Security update rather than previous optional update because it was a prerequisite for 09-2018, as I’ve heard. Imho the XP based terminology of “optional” updates is flawed as any update fixes either bugs or security issues.

    The Win7/2008R2 SSU patches will fix an issue that causes Windows to search for updates endlessly, back then in 2016 they needed 2-3 attempts to fix it with no side effects 🙂 same issue still persists in Vista/2008 Server and never got addressed.

    Personally, I’d take issue with the statement “any update fixes either bugs or security issues,” but that’s a nit. I guess it depends on what you mean by a “bug.” Nevermind.

    Thanks, Karl!

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