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    • #321194 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      OK,so i am totally confused after reading all the posts here plus my own google search. Should i be installing this silverlight kb4481252 patch because it is a security patch that is needed?

      or Don’t install it because it is for correcting the ‘DateTime calculations to handle new eras in the Japanese calendar” issue as it does say in windows update/more information for kb4481252?

      I do have silverlight installed on my system with windows 7, ie11.

      Thanks guys


    • #321199 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Do you need Silverlight? If not, then uninstall it and hide it along with all the earlier versions.

      Group G{ot backup} Win7Pro · x64 · SP1 · i3-3220 · TestBeta · Microsoft Security Essentials
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      • #321321 Reply

        AskWoody Plus

        I might add that, unless in Windows 7, the one Windows OS I am familiar with, it is possible to avoid installing altogether even those KB updates one has no idea of what they are for and have no opinion about, so then it is not necessary to uninstall them again. This is how: right click on the KB number listed as ready to install in Windows Update (once the available patches are found, either automatically or at user’s request). That will give you a link to “further information”. Click again and you will be magically transported to the page at MS that tells you what the patch is for. Then, if it is something you do not care for, hide that update and be done with it.

    • #321289 Reply

      AskWoody Lounger

      So with a bit more digging i found the English version of the German article that some here have refered to… and i think i shall be hiding this patch!!

      Silverlight Update KB4481252 Posted on 2019-01-17 by guenni

      Microsoft has released update KB4481252 for Silverlight on January 15, 2019. Here is some information about what you should know.

      Update KB4481252 is classified by Microsoft as important, but I rank it in the category ‘totally superfluous’. On the one hand, the whole thing refers to the unfortunate Silverlight from Microsoft, whose updates have simply been annoying people for years. Secondly, this update is useless for most blog readers. According to the KB article, the update fixes the following:

      This update for Microsoft Silverlight fixes the DateTime calculations to handle new eras in the Japanese calendar.

      It is once again Microsoft’s famous attempt to update the changes in the Japanese calendar’s time calculation for 2019.

      The background is that with the abdication of the current Japanese emperor Akihito on 30.4.2019, a new calendar calculation in Japan begins (see my German article in my Japan blog).

      Addendum: Some mention that the update should re-enabling streaming in IE 11 (for Netflix for instance). My problem: Microsoft doesn’t mention a streaming fix for Silverlight within its KB article. When I was searching the web I couldn’t find anything about IE 11 Silverlight support through the update. So keep the info in mind, but for me it isn’t confirmed yet.

      Patching issues

      In Office 2010, Microsoft has already tried the calendar update several times without success and even had to withdraw updates. Now Silverlight is supposed to be upgraded for the new calendar with the above date. But why one has to patch Windows, Office and also Silverlight, to support a new japanese area, isn’t clear to me. I would suggest to hide the update (I did it here), if you don’t need the japanese calandar.

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    • #321331 Reply

      Rick Corbett

      I’ll just add this one to all the other Silverlight update patches I’ve hidden in the past (with no adverse effect whatsoever)…


      Hope this helps…

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    • #321370 Reply

      AskWoody Plus

      Who on this planet actually uses Silverlight? Silverlight was MS’s attempt, starting years ago, to try to usurp Adobe Flash Player. As far as I am aware, there are only a few government web sites which actually use Silverlight. Other than that, I have never encountered the need to have Silverlight installed on my computer when going to any other type of web site.

      The upshot is that Silverlight is not needed, and is nothing more than a potential security hole. Get rid of it. If you ever do need it for anything in government work, then install it. If you have absolutely never used Silverlight, then please uninstall it and always hide it in your Windows Updates.

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      • #321381 Reply

        AskWoody Plus

        GoneToPlaid: Who still uses Silverlight?

        Answer: as I have mentioned before, people who have Windows 7 and use IE11 to stream video from Netflix, because IE 11 for Win 7 does not implement a native HTLM5 video viewer. (IE 11 for 8.1 does, and there is a story to that.)

        A better question: who has Windows 7 and uses IE 11 to stream video?

        Answer: not me. I use FF, WF or Chrome, as the spirit moves me, or the demands of sites that do not like one or more of those, but like at least one of them.

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        • #321386 Reply

          AskWoody Plus

          You found the error in my logic. I erroneously assumed that no Windows 7 user in their right mind actually uses IE11 to browse the Internet! I too use either FF or Chrome for all of my Internet browsing. Thus I have no need for Silverlight!

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