• Windows 10 Latest Patch: KB 4598242

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    First, this is my first post to the Ask Woody Blog, but I have been a reader and subscriber for several years. Now, to my issue:

    Until this current patch, I have never had any problem with any Windows Updates. This time, after downloading KB4598242 and then installing, I rebooted my computer as required. Instead of coming back to normal, my computer rebooted in Safe Mode….I tried several ways to get back to normal, including System Restore. All that got me was a message that SR failed.

    Fortunately, last week I downloaded and installed the Boot Safe repair tool for USB suggested in the most recent newsletter. Among its several options was “Normal” Boot. That seemed to be exactly what I needed. Bingo, it got me back to the normal operation.

    Subsequently, and without the latest patch I googled for info about patch update failures. I read among the many responses, that update failures are not all that uncommon. There was a suggestion to try and reinstall. I followed through, and, without making this post any longer than need be, it worked. I am now back to regular normal computer operation. So, a word to the wise. Get the Safe Boot Utility. If your first install fails, use the Boot Safe Tool so that you do not get stuck in Safe Mode. Thanks to the newsletter writer who handles the free Utility recommendations. Sorry, I do not remember your name.


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    • #2334373

      Your approach now makes you a beta tester ahead of the safe DEFCON patch watch.

      Thank you for the information; it’s good to know your computer has recovered and is healthy.

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    • #2334427

      But the question remains – is there something wrong with that patch?  It is listed as the Cumulative Update for 20H2 but I have not applied it yet.

      Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 20H2

    • #2334795

      I had a similar problem, after the standard post install reboot my Win 10 new Dell came up only with a black screen & the taskbar showing, a few app icons but not all were showing at bottom right. About a half hour later it came up completely as normal. I uninstalled KB4598242 then that did not occur again.

    • #2334813

      Just installed KB4598242 on my 20H2 laptop.
      All is ok.

    • #2335018

      I’m having issues with installing the new patch. Tried many ways to see if it will install. It still will not install. Any solutions?

      • #2335028

        We need details about how you attempted to install it and any error messages you got.

        cheers, Paul

        p.s. to post screenshots of the errors, use Snip and Sketch, save as PNG, post.

    • #2335217

      Have now installed KB4598242.  All is normal, including the restart.  Did not use Windows Update but downloaded from the Catalog and saved on a flash drive.  That way I can install on multiple computers with only one download.

      Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 20H2

      • #2335241

        Did not use Windows Update but downloaded from the Catalog and saved on a flash drive. That way I can install on multiple computers with only one download.

        Out of curiosity, before installing updates in this manner do you first disconnect computer(s) from network, or first kill running Windows Update service? Thanks.

        • #2336855

          I don’t disconnect anything from the network.  And I have found that the Windows Update service must be running when I click on a downloaded .msu file in order to install it – otherwise I get the error “Windows Update Standalone Installer:  Installer encountered an error  0x80070422”.

          Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 20H2

          • #2336930

            Thanks for the reply, Bundaburra, and the good news.

            (Years ago I fell into the habit of first killing the wuauserv Windows Update service prior to manually installing updates on Win7 boxes – and although this “extra step” was quick & easy to perform, not performing it will undoubtedly be even quicker & easier… 🙂 )

    • #2335245

      2 Windows 10 Home v2004 (One x64 & another x86 system) laptops

      Made Macrium Image System Backup beforehand and installed the following patches via Windows Update by hitting “resuming update”:
      a) 2021-01 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 2004 for x64 (x86)-based Systems (KB4586876)
      b) Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool for x64 (x86)-based Systems 5.85 (KB890830)
      c) 2021-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 2004 for x64 (x86)-based Systems (KB4598242)

      Windows Update installed in the sequence of a), b) and then c) and brought the build to 19041.746.
      Noticed the odd behaviour that upon installation of a) the “restart system” notification was activated but I didn’t hit restart until all the patches are actually installed.

      Installation of patches was without problem but took more than one and half hours to complete for each laptop. This seems to take longer than the usual time compared to the installation of prior monthly patches. Good idea to plan your time beforehand when deciding to install the 2020-01 patches.

      System running fine for 2 days now.

      Hope this helps.

    • #2335265

      first disconnect computer(s) from network, or first kill running Windows Update service?

      There is no need to disconnect… from Internet for monthly security patches. It is advised to disconnect when upgrading with new feature update.

    • #2336823

      I am about to upgrade a Dell Win10 1909 laptop to 20H2. I have used WuMgr to see KB4598242 in the WU queue. If I go to the MUC I see both 2004 and 20H2 updates with that KB number. Can I download the 20H2 update and go directly to 20H2 manually or do I need to let WU choose which version to upgrade to when the normal WU upgrade works as designed? I would rather go directly to 20H2 and deal with that fallout rather than dealing with the Enablement Package fallout.

      I am currently using a wired mouse and keyboard, wireless connections disabled, speakers off, LAN and external monitor connected, no USB drives.

      Win11 Pro desktop [2], one 22H2/22621.3007, one 23H2/22631.3007

    • #2336847

      FWIW, I used gpedit to set the Feature Level control to 20H2. Gpedit did not complain when I applied the change. I reran WuMgr and checked the WU queue. I now show a pending Feature Update to Windows 10 of KB4598242 that specifically says 20H2 and dated 1/12/21.

      There is so much commotion about KB4598242 that I am going to hide it and wait. I have to believe MS will do something about this very quickly.

      Win11 Pro desktop [2], one 22H2/22621.3007, one 23H2/22631.3007

    • #2336887

      Since going from 1909 to 20H2 on 1/18 …  (per wushowhide) I’ve seen & hid (4) Intel’s, (2) Realtek’s, and an HP Firmware update. I realize I don’t know the latest wisdom on what to accept from WU ref items like these. HP Software Sppt Asst that Susan recommended awhile back shows nothing new, and I’ve chosen Hide as a result.

      This will come up for 20H2 converts. Advice appreciated…..

      W10 Pro 22H2 / Hm-Stdnt Ofce '16 C2R / HP Envy Desk-Ethernet - SSD-HDD/ i5(8th Gen) 12GB / Macrium Pd v8 / GP=2 + FtrU=Semi-Annual + Feature Defer = 1 + QU=0

      • #2336946

        You should block MS drivers updates. You should download drivers directly from OEM (Intel, Nvidia, Realtek…).
        I use a Lenovo laptop and never used their Assistant software. Don’t know how important is HP’s Software Sppt Asst.

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        • #2338860

          Other than HP’s decision to openly use the Support Assistant updates as a conduit to silently install junkware, it can be fairly reliable. An HP user is sometimes much better off getting their system updates from the computer’s support site.

          Lenovo’s Assistant software did and may do a good job of supplying only updates, there did not seem to be any downloads of unscrupulous software.

    • #2338372

      New desktop system. New everything. Installed Win 10 64 bit v. 19042.631 from MS  Jan 26, paid MS £119.99. All went well until this Cumulative Update failed. error codes Jan 26 0x8007007e, Jan 27 and 28 0x8000FFFF.

      Any advice gratefully received.

      • #2338904

        According to MS it’s a store corruption.

        What have you tried to fix it?
        This thread has a solution for some.

        cheers, Paul

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        • #2339593

          Thank you, Paul.

          I’ve tried Windows Troubleshooter, sfc, Dism but all still end up with the Cumulative update installing to
          30% then Restart
          35% Restart
          “Couldn’t complete updates
          Undoing Changes”

          and cycling through that 3 times, which reverts to its pre-CumUpdate state I guess.

    • #2339732

      Try a repair of Windows, keeping your files.

      cheers, Paul

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      • #2342173

        I tried Resetting keeping apps and files, in vain.

        So reset, choosing delete all apps and files (after saving my data files).

        That fixed it. Thanks for your response, Paul.

        (Steinberg Cubase 11 Full Version refuses to reinstall and reactivate correctly on the same purchase codes, but that’s another problem.)

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