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  • Just got an Update for MS Silverlight?

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 7 Questions: Windows 7 Just got an Update for MS Silverlight?

    This topic contains 11 replies, has 8 voices, and was last updated by  OscarCP 6 months, 3 weeks ago.

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    • #311374 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      KB 4481252   came down this morning in the Important area…. anyone else?


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    • #311394 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Yes, and now hidden. KB4481252 showed as optional along with 16 other updates of Silverlight that are also hidden.

      Group G{ot backup} Win7Pro · x64 · SP1 · i3-3220 · TestBeta · Microsoft Security Essentials
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    • #311397 Reply


      On my win7 – x64 – SP1 it came up in optional.

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      Thx. for the replies!  Wonder why mine came important… oh well – will hide it…

    • #311453 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      mine came down Important?    but will hide it.. thx. for the replies!


    • #311448 Reply


      When Windows Update presents a recommended update it does it with italics for emphasis. Where this update lands on the Important or Optional left-side-tab of the interface display depends on the setting for “give me recommended the same way I receive important”, or similar wording. This setting is accessible to the user, and so will vary from one user to the next.

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    • #311561 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      I also got this silverlight patch kb4481252 today 1-15-19 and it is listed for me as “important”. Not sure i ever recieved an update to silverlight that i can remember,at least not in a long time? The Description next to it says “This update to silverlight improves security” so i guess that’s why it’s listed important, yet clicking on “more information” it says…
      “This update for Microsoft Silverlight fixes the DateTime calculations to handle new eras in the Japanese calendar”?? Not a clue as to what this means but does not sound like an important update to me or even something we really need? All i know is silverlight is a web plugin required to view certain content on websites. It is not installed by default but you will be prompted to install it if you do not have it.

      Maybe someone here with more knowledge can weigh in on this patch. I most likely will Hide it unless we get word as to why we should install it.

    • #314424 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      @woody @pkcano
      is it good to install for group B?

      • #314443 Reply

        Da Boss

        Silverlight is a browser add-on (like Java and Flash Player). It is not used very much, so you probably won’t miss it if it is not installed.

        So, you have a couple of choices.
        If it is installed, you can uninstall it and forget about the updates.
        But if it is installed, and you choose to leave it installed, you should patch it for security reasons.

    • #314947 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      Just wanted to add my Two Cents. If it helps someone here GREAT!!
      Silverlight was supposed to be microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash Player for doing things such as viewing videos but video producers never took to it as a viable contender. It also never caught on with people in general. So much so that microsoft was going to faze silverlight out some time ago but it is obvious that did not happen or there would be no security patch kb4481252. Funny thing is they released an updated version on Jan.15th 2019 the first update in over 1 1/2 years but i’m pretty sure they have Discontinued support for silverlight so go figure. Maybe with Adobe flash fading fast microsoft is hoping silverlight will catch on as a replacement? I myself have silverlight installed but i did uninstall it back in 2016 looking to gain the hard drive space and quickly found after doing so some things stopped working on my computer. I don’t recall all those things but some trivial ones are if you use any (MICROSOFT) Desktop Themes, Wallpapers or screen savers they would be missing after uninstalling silverlight (at least in my case) and for me i could not get those things back (I Tried) until i reinstalled silverlight and they returned automatically. My guess is once you have silverlight installed it must Bake into your windows operating system to some degree that it becomes needed for certain processes. So even though i NEVER use silverlight at some point this month i will patch it based of course on the word from ‘Da Boss”.

    • #316688 Reply

      Got the same here, installed it yesterday, no miseries.


      It’s a shame it didn’t catch on, and has been depreciated, but so many players are available with HTML 5, I can see why it flopped.

      As to HTML 5 itself, as one who started off coding HTML 2.0 with Notepad, it looks to me like a Mil-Spec Mouse designed by a committee; namely, an Elephant.

      Larger attack surface, too.  But then, the W3C has been in the industry’s hip pocket for some while now…but I digress.

      (Another good example is Bluetooth…gad. The spec for that software stack WAS designed by several Marketing Committees…”It needs to be nasally fitted…and in a variety of colors!”)

      /rant mode, store soapbox

      Win7 Pro SP1 64-bit, Dell Latitude E6330, Intel CORE i5 "Ivy Bridge", Group "Wait for the all-clear", Multiple Air-Gapped backup drives in different locations, "Don't check for updates-Full Manual Mode."
      "...All the people, all the time..." (Peter Ustinov ad-lib from "Logan's Run")

    • #316701 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      People that run IE 11 on Windows 7 still need Silverlight to get video from some sites. So don’t knock it: it has its place, even if not many people use it now. Nobody has an obligation to use it, so feel free to do as you like with its update. I am not sure what is the issue with HTML5, but I have no complaints about it myself. Or rather, have much bigger issues with other things to complain about, at the moment, to pay any real attention to HTML5. Besides, I believe it’s just doing its thing while I do mine, and if sometime we get together, that can be really beautiful. Maybe some day I’ll have something truly and absolutely bad to say about Silverlight, and perhaps also about HTML5, but not today. When I do, if I ever do, I’ll be back.

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