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Daily Archives: November 6, 2019

  • Patch Lady – 7 patches are getting prepared

    Posted on November 6th, 2019 at 16:30 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microfix spotted in the catalog a catalog only patch to test for the ability to accept extended support patches for Windows 7.

    The update

    The patch points out the necessary parts:


    You must have the following installed on your on-premise device before you apply this update:

    1. Install the following SHA-2 code signing support update and servicing stack update (SSU) or a later SSU update:
      • 4474419 SHA-2 code signing support update for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008: September 23, 2019
      • 4490628 Servicing stack update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1: March 12, 2019
    2. Install the following servicing stack update (SSU) and monthly rollup:
      • 4516655 Servicing stack update for Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2 SP1: September 10, 2019
      • 4519976 October 8, 2019—KB4519976 (Monthly Rollup)
    3. Install and activate the ESU key. For information about how to install and activate the ESU key, see the How to get Extended Security Updates for eligible Windows devices blog on the Microsoft Tech Community website.Note After activation, you can then continue to use your current update and servicing strategy to deploy ESU through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), or whichever update management solution that you prefer.

    Everyone should have received the SHA-2 and servicing stack update in part 1.  Everyone by now should have (or are real close to) installing the servicing stack and rollup.  But note, that patch is not a security only patch, it’s a monthly rollup patch that is mandated.   I don’t remember if we’ve determined if that monthly rollup has telemetry stuff in it or not, but certainly those of you on the security only path – we will have to do a bit more digging into that.

    Finally the ESU key – and the ability to purchase the ESU key won’t be known until 12/1/2019 when it goes on the sku pricing list.  Hang loose for that last piece as I will be (attempting) to purchase 1 and only 1 copy of a Windows 7 extended support.

    Stay tuned, more to come.

    [edit]  PK points out in the comments:  Windows 7 Security Monthly Quality Rollups have had the KB2952664 functionality (Compatibility Appraiser) included since Sept. 2018. Rollups are cumulative. KB4519976 is a Rollup

    My follow up comment:  I guess one can always go in and ensure you disable the tasks that turn on telemetry?

  • Patch Lady – good to know I’m not the only one

    Posted on November 6th, 2019 at 15:18 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I too thought the Edge logo looked like a Tide Pod.

    Old logo…. new logo

  • Windows Insider Skip Ahead Ring goes bye-bye

    Posted on November 6th, 2019 at 06:22 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Rings within Rings….

    Those of you confused by the Release Preview Ring/Slow Ring/Fast Ring/Skip Ahead Ring nonsense in Microsoft’s marketing beta program will have one fewer ring to fret in the coming weeks.

    The official announcement:

    Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19018 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

    Starting today, Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead are being migrated back into the Fast ring. This means that Skip Ahead will no longer be reflected under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. Going forward, we will not be offering Skip Ahead as an option for Insiders to sign-up for. Our goal is to provide everyone in the Fast ring the freshest builds at the same time.

    Skip Ahead has always been a kludge, necessitated by Microsoft’s simultaneous testing of 1903 (in Preview), various features of 1909, and 2003 (or whatever 20H1 will be called). They needed another Ring.

    Now, with 20H1 expected to hit RTM shortly and 20H2 not too far behind, look for 20H2 in the Fast Ring.