Here's what's new in this month's Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and 8.1

It's that time of the month again when every supported version of Windows gets an update with a bunch of fixes. This week, in addition to cumulative updates, we saw the release of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. Windows 7 and 8.1 haven't been forgotten just yet, and there's a couple of updates for these older versions of the OS, too.

As usual, this month's updates come in two flavors, a monthly rollup and a security-only update. For Windows 8.1 and Window Server 2012 R2 users, the monthly rollup is KB4525243, and it can be downloaded manually here. The security update is KB4525250, and it can be downloaded manually here. Here's what's new in the monthly rollup update:

  • Addresses an issue that prevents a 16-bit Visual Basic 3 (VB3) application or other VB3 applications from running.
  • Addresses an issue that causes only one Bluetooth Basic Rate device to function properly on some Bluetooth controllers after installing the August 13, 2019 update.
  • Addresses an issue that causes error 0x7E when you connect Bluetooth devices after installing the June 11, 2019 update.
  • Provides protections against the Intel® Processor Machine Check Error vulnerability (CVE-2018-12207). Use the registry setting as described in the Guidance KB article. (This registry setting is disabled by default.)
  • Provides protections against the Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX) Transaction Asynchronous Abort vulnerability (CVE-2019-11135). Use the registry settings as described in the Windows Client and Windows Server articles. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions, but disabled by default for Windows Server OS editions.)
  • Addresses an issue with temporary user profiles in an environment in which user profile disks (UPD) are deployed and cached roaming profiles are not deleted when the "Delete cached copies of roaming profiles" policy is enabled.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

For the security-only update, only the fourth, fifth, and seventh points apply. Both updates have the same known issues, which has been around for some time now:

Symptom Workaround
Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”. This occurs when you perform the operation on a CSV owner node from a process that doesn’t have administrator privilege.

Do one of the following:

  • Perform the operation from a process that has administrator privilege.
  • Perform the operation from a node that doesn’t have CSV ownership.
Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.

For users still running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, the monthly rollup is KB4525235 and it can be downloaded manually here. The security-only update is KB4525233 and can be downloaded manually here. Here's what's new in the monthly rollup:

  • Addresses an issue that prevents a 16-bit Visual Basic 3 (VB3) application or other VB3 applications from running.
  • Provides protections against the Intel® Processor Machine Check Error vulnerability (CVE-2018-12207). Use the registry setting as described in the Guidance KB article. (This registry setting is disabled by default.)
  • Provides protections against the Intel® Transactional Synchronization Extensions (Intel® TSX) Transaction Asynchronous Abort vulnerability (CVE-2019-11135). Use the registry settings as described in the Windows Client and Windows Server articles. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions, but disabled by default for Windows Server OS editions.)
  • Addresses an issue with temporary user profiles in an environment in which user profile disks (UPD) are deployed and cached roaming profiles are not deleted when the "Delete cached copies of roaming profiles" policy is enabled.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Input and Composition, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows Datacenter Networking, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

For the security-only update, only the second, third, and fifth points apply. Neither of the releases has any known issues to be aware of.

If you want to grab the monthly rollup, it'll show up normally in Windows Update, but those looking for the security-only variants will need to download them manually using the links above.

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