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  • Patch Lady – Windows 7 ESU last minute requirement

    Posted on February 11th, 2020 at 22:35 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has thrown a wrench into the last minute Windows 7 ESU updates.

    Now even though you’ve installed the ESU key and everything “was” ready to go, you now need KB4538483 to be MANUALLY installed in order to make Windows update show you updates for both any Windows 7 post ESU security updates *AS WELL AS* the Office updates.

    To get this manual update you have to go to the catalog site — http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4538483 And download either the 64 bit or 32 bit version of this update (depending on your computer version) before any security updates for February will show up when you go to Windows update.  (*)

    Note this is a late breaking change to the instructions and were NOT listed as a requirement until just today:  This procedure page just added this additional update requirement today:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4522133/procedure-to-continue-receiving-security-updates

    To anyone who has purchased updates through any ESU program, as a shareholder of Microsoft I want to apologize for this really  not well done, not automatic process.  I personally will be calling several businesses that I assisted to obtain these extended security patches and will apologize for having to bother them to get their machines in a condition to get additional updates when I thought I already had them ready to go.

    Bottom line, my apologies to anyone who thought they were all set.  You are not.  You need http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB4538483 to be able to get Windows 7 security updates in February.

    (*) For corporate patchers this update is available via WSUS but NOT available via windows update.

    If you need ANY help with these updates please reach out at https://www.askwoody.com/forums/forum/askwoody-support/windows/windows-7/

    Rant (and warning) in Computerworld Woody on Windows.