It seems to be like we’re good to go along with Microsoft’s August Home windows and Workplace patches. The second cumulative replace for Home windows 8.1, KB 4578013, throws some Digital Personal Networks out of kilter, and the Win7 patches might knock out your printers (for these of you paying for Win7 Prolonged Safety Updates). However a lot of the different bugs look like squashed.
And there is a bit of fine information on the horizon: It seems to be like Microsoft is lastly, lastly looking down the swarm of bugs in its newest Home windows launch, model 2004. Even the (undocumented) “Optimize Drives” bug that triggered incessant SSD defrags has been addressed – albeit in an non-compulsory, non-security, C/D Week patch that appeared in “E Week.”
In my view, Home windows 10 model 2004 nonetheless isn’t prepared for prime time. Nevertheless it’s getting shut. If the newest bounty of 70-plus recognized bug fixes goes in with out breaking too many machines, model 2004 would possibly really stabilize by late this month.
However don’t maintain your breath. And don’t set up 2004 till we’ve seen the outcomes from the unpaid beta testers.
Right here’s get caught up.
Make a full backup
As at all times, do a full system picture backup prior to installing the newest patches.
There’s a non-zero likelihood that the patches — even the newest, best patches of patches of patches — might hose your machine. So it is best to have a backup that you may reinstall even when your machine refuses as well. (That is along with the standard want for System Restore factors.)
There are many full-image backup merchandise, together with a minimum of two good free ones: Macrium Replicate Free and EaseUS Todo Backup.
Set up the newest Win10 August Cumulative Replace
In case you haven’t but moved to Win10 model 1909 (within the Home windows search field kind 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 motive to carry off on making the swap – though, admittedly, there’s nearly nothing worthwhile that’s new in model 1909. I’ve detailed directions for shifting to 1909 right here.
In case you’re operating Win10 model 2004 – 25% of all Win10 customers are already there – you are on the bleeding edge. Please hold us apprised of any issues on AskWoody.
To get the newest August Cumulative Replace put in, click on Begin > Settings > Replace & Safety. In case you see a Resume updates field (see screenshot), click on on it.
That’s all you want to do. Home windows, in its infinite knowledge, will set up the August Cumulative Replace at its personal tempo. In case you don’t see a Resume updates field, you have already got the August Cumulative replace and also you’re good to go.
In case you see a suggestion to Obtain and set up the “Characteristic replace to Home windows 10, model 2004,” which you’ll see within the previous screenshot, ignore it. Studiously.
In case you see a link to View non-compulsory updates, ignore it, too. There aren’t any non-compulsory updates obtainable at this level that you just need to wrangle with. Let the cannon fodder be cannon fodder.
Home windows Replace in model 2004 is having a little bit of an id disaster. In case you’re already operating 2004, simply keep away from the non-compulsory updates till the drama has subsided and Home windows Replace settles down a bit.
Win10 issues you might hit, and deal with them
When your machine comes again up for air, don’t panic in case your desktop doesn’t look proper, or you may’t log in to your regular account. You’ve got liekly been bit by the “short-term profile” bug, which we’ve identified about – and complained about – for months. Attempt restarting your machine 4 or 5 occasions, the bug might go away. We’ve three separate threads on AskWoody about fixing the issue [1, 2, 3] and when you want extra assist, you may at all times submit a query. (Thx @PKCano.)
When you’re mucking about with Home windows Replace, it wouldn’t damage to Pause updates, to take you out of the direct line of fireside the following time Microsoft releases a buggy bunch of patches. Click on Begin > Settings > Replace & Safety. Click on “Pause updates for 7 days.” Subsequent, click on on the newly revealed link, which says “Pause updates for 7 extra days,” 4 extra occasions. That pauses all updates for 35 days, till early October.
With slightly luck that’ll be lengthy sufficient for Microsoft to repair any bugs it introduces in August, so you may skip the angst.
Patch Win7, Win8.1, or related servers
In case you’ve paid for Win7 Prolonged Safety Updates and also you’re having bother getting them put in, Microsoft has an article referred to as Troubleshoot points in Prolonged Safety Updates that could be of assist. We’re additionally fielding questions on AskWoody.
In case you’ve paid Microsoft for Prolonged Safety Updates and may’t get them to put in, be sure to observe the entire steps on the backside of KB 4571729, the August Month-to-month Rollup Data Base article. Particularly, you want to set up all excellent updates, then get the Servicing Stack Replace put in (count on a brand new Servicing Stack each month), earlier than the August patch will seem. There’s a brand new Servicing Stack Replace, but it surely now seems as when you gained’t want it till the November patches roll out.
Home windows 8.1 continues to be essentially the most steady model of Home windows round. To get this month’s puny Month-to-month Rollup put in, observe AKB 2000004: Methods to apply the Win7 and eight.1 Month-to-month Rollups. You need to have one Home windows patch, dated Aug. 11 (the Patch Tuesday patch). No, you don’t need the Preview of Month-to-month Rollup. And it’s best to equally ignore the manual-install-only second cumulative replace, KB 4578013.
After you’ve put in the newest Month-to-month Rollup, when you’re intent on minimizing Microsoft’s snooping, run by the steps in AKB 2000007: Turning off the worst Win7 and eight.1 snooping. If you wish to totally lower out the telemetry, see @abbodi86’s detailed directions in AKB 2000012: How To Neutralize Telemetry and Maintain Home windows 7 and eight.1 Month-to-month Rollup Mannequin.
Whether or not you’ve paid for Prolonged Safety Updates or not, when you connect with Home windows Replace in Win7 or Win8.1, Microsoft’s going to push its newest, best model of the Chrome-based Edge browser onto your machine. The brand new Microsoft Edge icon (which is a surly-swirly model of the previous one) reveals up on the taskbar. Web Explorer remains to be there, however you’ve yet one more looking selection.
No, Microsoft isn’t making a gift of free safety patches for Win7. However they’re positive making a gift of free Chrom-edges.
Due to the handfuls of volunteers on AskWoody who contribute mightily, particularly @sb, @PKCano, @abbodi86 and lots of others.
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