New Windows 7, 8 and RT software updates due on Tuesday

Normally, updates for Windows operating systems are handled on the second Tuesday of the month, which has become known as "Patch Tuesday". Now there's word that Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows RT will be receiving a new platform update on Tuesday, February 26th, which may be a clue as to the launch date for the final version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7.

The Microsoft Support Page has word that there will be a platform update released on that day for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. In fact, you can download a pre-release version of that update right now. The update is supposed to offer "improved features and performance" and is a prerequisite for IE10.

The same support page shows that there will also be a software update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 on that day, along with an update rollup for Windows Server 2012 Essentials. At the moment, the only information on what's included in those updates is that they are supposed to "resolve issues in Windows".

Finally, Microsoft will release a new System Update Readiness Tool on Tuesday for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Vista. The change log says:

This tool is being offered because an inconsistency was found in the Windows servicing store which may prevent the successful installation of future updates, service packs, and software. This tool checks your computer for such inconsistencies and tries to resolve issues if found.

Thanks to Sam for the tip!

Source: Microsoft

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Is it just me or did even the latest Surface RT firmware not stop the Limited Connectivity issues with Wifi?

Mine worked great, then they updated, and after a day or so I have to disconnect wifi and connect again. Then they fixed it again and I still have the issues? What the hell are they doing over there?

"The Platform Update for Windows 7 enables improved features and performance on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. It includes updates to the following DirectX components: Direct2D, DirectWrite, Direct3D, Windows Imaging Component (WIC), and Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform (WARP). In addition, there are updates to the Windows Animation Manager (WAM) , XPS Document API and the H.264 Video Decoder"

[Whoops, sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to "What's a 'platform update'?"]

Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform................Jammin, that must be the cool one sporting dreads, smoking hash and singing no woman no cry.

Why is it required now? I tried the preview version of IE10 quite some time ago (didn't like it) but didn't have to install any other stuff that was required.

Still wondering if anyone has figured out what that other service is that runs after installing IE10. It only shows up in task manager when IE is open.

cork1958 said,
Why is it required now? I tried the preview version of IE10 quite some time ago (didn't like it) but didn't have to install any other stuff that was required.

The IE10 installer installs the platform update. KB2670838

tytytucke said,
I always run into problems running, downloading, installing, closing and using win 8 apps on all my computers.

Now that was crystal clear. /S

tytytucke said,
I always run into problems running, downloading, installing, closing and using win 8 apps on all my computers.

That's gonna happen if you're not running Windows 8 on said computers...

Nas said,

That's gonna happen if you're not running Windows 8 on said computers...

What? Thank you for adding on to the confusion and making things worse.
Also, that sarcasm sh*t is getting old. /s loloollolololololo clever, original, hilarious. /s

I wish they'd just release IE 10 for Windows 7 already. I want to see if they fixed the UI lag that's present in the Beta.

Even the IE10 on Win8 suffering from UI lag. For example, clicking on another opened tab would not respond if IE is loading content in current tab. It happens quite often.

sava700 said,
Using win8 is not an option - not paying for something else when Win7 works just fine.

And incidentally, with this update Windows 7 is getting the most important update/feature from Windows 8... So, Windows 7 becomes equal, and of course generally better since it's a clean Desktop OS; not a messy hubrid tablet/desktop OS with Marketplaces built-in.