Patch Tuesday: Here's what's new for Windows 8.1 and 7

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Today is the second Tuesday of the month, which means it's Patch Tuesday, the day that Microsoft released cumulative updates for all supported Windows versions. This month, the debutant is Windows 11, which is receiving its first-ever official Patch Tuesday update. Other supported versions include Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and select Windows 7 users who have opted to pay for Extended Security Updates.

As is always the case, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 updates are classified into monthly rollup and security-only updates. While the former can be installed via Windows Update, the latter can only be manually downloaded and installed. Usually, these versions are only served one update per month, unlike Windows 10 which receives a mid-month preview update.

To begin with, Windows 8.1 users are receiving KB5006714, which is the monthly rollup. The update can also be downloaded from the Update Catalog here. Here is the complete changelog for the update:

  • Addresses an issue in which a user does not have a way to track DCOM activation failures on a server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2.

  • Addresses an issue in which an Internet print server cannot package the driver to send to the client.

  • Implements a Group Policy setting for the following registry value:

    • Registry location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Printers\PointAndPrint

      Value name: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators

      Value data: 1

    For more information, see KB5005010.

  • Adds the ability to configure period or dot (.) delimited IP addresses interchangeably with fully qualified host names in the following Group Policy settings:

  • Addresses an issue in which Security Account Manager (SAM) events are not displayed properly in the Event Viewer.

  • In Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, certain circumstances might cause Enterprise Mode Site List redirection from Internet Explorer 11 to Microsoft Edge to open the site in multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge.

The update also brings with it a long-standing known issue, which seems to have been on the list for months. You can head to our previous coverage to check out the known issue. The security-only update for this version is KB5006729 and can be only be installed manually by downloading the package from here.

The changelog notes that the patch includes "miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality", which is the only listed fix. The known issue is identical to that of the monthly rollup.

Moving on to Windows 7, the monthly rollup is termed KB5006743, which can be downloaded manually from here. The list of fixes is almost identical to that of the Windows 8.1 update, save for the first line item that relates to the DCOM activation failures. As for known issues, the release shares the rename issue with Windows 8,1, along with another problem that listed below:

Symptom

Workaround

After installing this update and restarting your device, you might receive the error, "Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer", and the update might show as Failed in Update History.

This is expected in the following circumstances:

  • If you are installing this update on a device that is running an edition that is not supported for ESU. For a complete list of which editions are supported, see KB4497181.

  • If you do not have an ESU MAK add-on key installed and activated.

If you have purchased an ESU key and have encountered this issue, please verify you have applied all prerequisites and that your key is activated. For information on activation, please see this blog post. For information on the prerequisites, see the How to get this update section of this article.

The security-only update for Windows 7 and the corresponding Windows Server release is KB5006728, which can be found for manual download here. The update shares the known issues with the monthly rollup and contains fixes that are identical to that of the security-only update for WIndows 8.1.

As mentioned earlier, Windows 7 updates will only head to those that have paid for extended updates. Windows 8.1 updates, however, are available for all supported SKUs.

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