The of us at Microsoft have just about exterminated the bugs they launched in July’s patches. The Outlook-killing bug acquired mounted by an emergency replace to Microsoft’s personal servers. The Win7 .NET patch was mounted and re-released 9 days after paying Win7 Extended Security clients began bellyaching.
The odd drawback this month is available in the type of “optionally available, non-security, C/D Week” preview patches, which install in odd and inconsistent methods. You don’t need the Previews. But avoiding them isn’t as simple accurately.
Microsoft nonetheless hasn’t mounted the reboot race situation that leads to “lacking” information (which isn’t actually lacking in any respect, simply relocated to a very inscrutable location), however that drawback is properly understood now. It’s only a ache.
Here’s how to get caught up.
Make a full backup
Make a full system photograph backup earlier than you install the newest patches.
There’s a non-zero likelihood that the patches – even the newest, best patches of patches of patches — can hose your machine. So it is best to have a backup you can reinstall even when your machine refuses to boot. This is as well as to the normal want for System Restore factors.
There are loads of full-image backup merchandise, together with no less than two good free ones: Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup.
Install the newest Win10 June Cumulative Update
If you haven’t but moved to Win10 model 1909 (in the Windows search field sort winver and hit Enter), I like to recommend you achieve this. The bugs in model 1903 are largely replicated in 1909 and vice-versa, so there’s little or no purpose to maintain off on making the change – though, admittedly, there’s nearly nothing worthwhile that’s new in model 1909. I’ve detailed directions for shifting to 1909 right here.
If you’re operating Win10 model 2004, bless yer coronary heart and thanks for becoming a member of the ranks of the unpaid beta testers. Please preserve us apprised of any issues on AskWoody.
To get the newest July Cumulative Update put in, click on Start > Settings > Update & Security. If you see a Resume updates field (see screenshot), click on on it.
That’s all you want to do. Windows, in its infinite knowledge, will install the July Cumulative Update at its personal tempo. If you don’t see a Resume updates field, you have already got the July Cumulative replace and you’re good to go.
If you see an supply to Download and install the “Feature replace to Windows 10, model 2004” (see previous screenshot), ignore it. Studiously.
A bit of warning: If you’re operating Win10 1903 or 1909, had Updates paused and clicked on Resume updates, you’ll additionally install a Potentially Unwanted Program referred to as KB 4562900, the July 21, 2020 Cumulative Update Previews for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8. You can see it, after Windows Update is performed rebooting, by going into the Update History pane (Start > Settings > Update & Security > View replace historical past) as proven in the subsequent screenshot.
As of this second, I haven’t seen any complaints of bugs in that .NET Framework Preview, so it seems such as you’ll be OK putting in it. Avoiding that exact Preview is extra hassle than it is value.
Susan Bradley ran into an unexpected state of affairs, the place a Win10 model 1903 machine supplied the .NET Framework Preview, with a Download button (screenshot under). If you see that Download button, breathe a sigh of reduction, and don’t click on Download.
Blame all of it on Windows Update’s bifurcated mess. Stick to these directions, although, and your machine ought to prove OK, with or with out an undesirable .NET Preview.
Win10 issues chances are you’ll hit, and how to deal with them
When your machine comes again up for air, don’t panic in case your desktop doesn’t look proper, or you’ll be able to’t log in to your normal account. You’ve been bit by the “momentary profile” bug, which we’ve recognized about – and complained about – for months. Try restarting your machine 4 or 5 occasions; the bug could go away. We have three separate threads on AskWoody about fixing the drawback [1, 2, 3] and in case you want extra assist, you’ll be able to all the time put up a query. (Thx @PKCano.)
If you’ve a USB-attached printer and Windows can’t see it, have a look at Knowledge Base article 4566779: “If you join a USB printer to Windows 10 model 1903 or later, then shut down Windows and disconnect or shut off the printer, whenever you begin Windows once more the USB printer port is not going to be accessible in the record of printer ports.”
The resolution? Turn on the printer earlier than you energy up Windows.
While you’re mucking about with Windows Update, it wouldn’t damage to Pause updates, to take you out of the direct line of fireplace the subsequent time Microsoft releases a buggy bunch of patches. Click Start > Settings > Update & Security. Click “Pause updates for 7 days.” Next, click on on the newly revealed hyperlink, which says “Pause updates for 7 extra days,” 4 extra occasions. That pauses all updates for 35 days, till early September. With a bit of luck that’ll be lengthy sufficient for Microsoft to repair any bugs it introduces in August, so you’ll be able to skip the drama.
Patch Win7, Win8.1, or related Servers
If you’ve paid for Win7 Extended Security Updates and you’re having hassle getting them put in, Microsoft has an article referred to as Troubleshoot points in Extended Security Updates which may be of assist. We’re additionally fielding questions on AskWoody.
If you’ve paid Microsoft for Extended Security Updates and can’t get them to install, ensure you comply with all of the steps at the backside of KB 4561643, the May Monthly Rollup Knowledge Base article. In specific, you want to install all excellent updates, then get the Servicing Stack Update put in (anticipate a brand new Servicing Stack each month), earlier than the July patch will seem. Microsoft simply launched a brand new Servicing Stack Update, however it now seems as in case you received’t want it till the November patches roll out.
If you’ve paid and had issues putting in the July .NET patch KB 4565636, strive, strive once more. Microsoft re-released the patch and it appears to be putting in appropriately.
Windows 8.1 continues to be the most secure model of Windows round. To get this month’s puny Monthly Rollup put in, comply with AKB 2000004: How to apply the Win7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups. You ought to have one Windows patch, dated July 14 (the Patch Tuesday patch). No, you don’t need the Preview of Monthly Rollup.
After you’ve put in the newest Monthly Rollup, in case you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run by the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and 8.1 snooping. If you need to totally reduce out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed directions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Sustain Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollup Model.
Whether you’ve paid for Extended Security Updates or not, in case you join to Windows Update in Win7 or Win8.1, Microsoft’s going to push its newest, best model of the Chrome-based Edge browser onto your machine. The new Microsoft Edge icon (which is a surly-swirly model of the previous one) exhibits up on the taskbar. Internet Explorer is nonetheless there, however you’ve yet another alternative.
No, Microsoft isn’t making a gift of free safety patches for Win7. But they’re positive making a gift of free Chredges.
Thanks to the dozens of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, particularly @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86 and many others.
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