Microsoft Windows Security Updates February 2020 overview

Welcome to the February 2020 overview of the Microsoft February 2020 Patch Day. It is a special Patch Day, as it is the first after support for Microsoft’s Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system ended officially for Home users (organizations and Enterprise customers may extend support by up to three years).

Microsoft continues to release Windows 7 updates but these are only supported on ESU machines.

Our overview provides you with extensive Patch Day information including an overview of security and non-security updates, direct download links, known issues, and links to resources.

Feel free to check out the January 2020 Patch Day overview here.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates February 2020

Download the following (zipped) Excel spreadsheet that includes a list of released security updates by Microsoft in February 2002: microsoft-windows-february-2020-security-updates-list

Executive Summary

  • Microsoft released updates for all supported versions of the Windows operating system.
  • Updates were also released for Microsoft Edge (both old and new), Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Surface Hub, and Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.

Operating System Distribution

  • Windows 7  (extended support only): 47 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 42 important
    • CVE-2020-0662 | Windows Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0681 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0729 | LNK Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0734 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0738 | Media Foundation Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Windows 8.1: 50 vulnerabilities: 5 rated critical and 45 rated important
    • same as Windows 7
  • Windows 10 version 1803: 71 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 66 important
    • CVE-2020-0662 | Windows Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0681 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0729 | LNK Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0734 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0738 | Media Foundation Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Windows 10 version 1809: 72 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 68 important
    • same as Windows 10 version 1803
  • Windows 10 version 1903: 72 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 68 important
    • same as Windows 10 version 1803
  • Windows 10 version 1909: same as Windows 10 version 1903

Windows Server products

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (extended support only): 47 vulnerabilities, 5 critical, 42 important
    • CVE-2020-0662 | Windows Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0681 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0729 | LNK Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0734 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0738 | Media Foundation Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: 50 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 45 important.
    • same as Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2016: 65 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 60 important.
    • same as Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2019: 73 vulnerabilities: 5 critical and 68 are important
    • same as Windows Server 2008 R2

Other Microsoft Products

  • Internet Explorer 11: 3 vulnerability: 2 critical, 1 important
    • CVE-2020-0673 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0674 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Microsoft Edge:  7 vulnerabilities: 5 critical, 2 important
    • CVE-2020-0710 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0711 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0712 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0713 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0767 | Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Microsoft Edge on Chromium:
    • see here (latest security patches from the Chromium project)

Windows Security Updates

Windows 7

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates

Windows 8.1

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates

Windows 10 version 1803

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates

Windows 10 version 1809

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates

Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates
  • Fixes an issue that occurs when migrating cloud printers during upgrades.
  • “Improves the installation experience”.

Other security updates

  • KB4538674 — 2020-02 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Server, version 1909, Windows Server, version 1903, Windows 10 Version 1909, and Windows 10 Version 1903
  • KB4537762 — 2020-02 Dynamic Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1803 and Windows Server 2016
  • KB4537764 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607, and Windows Server 2016
  • KB4537776 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1507
  • KB4537765 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703
  • KB4537789 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709
  • KB4537829 — 2020-02 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • KB4537830 — 2020-02 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Server 2008
  • KB4532693 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows Server, version 1909, Windows 10 Version 1909, Windows Server 2019, and Windows 10 Version 1903
  • KB4532691 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Version 1809
  • KB4502496 — 2020-02 Security Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012
  • KB4524244 — Security Update for Windows Server, version 1909, Windows Server 2019 (1903), Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 Version 1809, Windows 10 Version 1803, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Version 1709, Windows 10 Version 1703, and Windows 10 Version 1607
  • KB4537759 — 2020-02 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows Server, version 2004, Windows Server, version 1909, Windows 10 Version 1909, Windows Server 2019 (1903), Windows 10 Version 1903, Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 Version 1809, Windows 10 Version 1803, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Version 1709, Windows 10 Version 1703, Windows 10 Version 1607, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012
  • KB4537767 — 2020-02 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer
  • KB4537794 — 2020-02 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012
  • KB4537810 — 2020-02 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2008
  • KB4537813 — 2020-02 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2
  • KB4537822 — 2020-02 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2008

Known Issues

Windows 7

Error message ““Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer” may be displayed after the installation of the update.

Microsoft notes that this may happen when a) the update is installed on a device that is not supported for ESU or b) if an ESU MAK add-on key is not installed and activated.

Windows 10 version 1803

  • Certain operations on Cluster Shared Volumes may fail.

Windows 10 version 1809

  • Same as version 1803 plus
  • Asian language packs may throw an error after installing KB4493509.

Security advisories and updates

  • ADV200001 | Microsoft Guidance on Scripting Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • ADV200002 | Chromium Security Updates for Microsoft Edge based on Chromium

Non-security related updates

  • KB4538123 — 2020-02 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows Embedded 8 Standard and Windows Server 2012
  • KB4538124 — 2020-02 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • KB4534126 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Version 1607
  • KB4534129 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1709
  • KB4534130 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1803 and Windows Server 2016 for x64
  • KB4534132 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows Server, version 1909, Windows Server 2019, Windows 10 Version 1909, and Windows 10 Version 1903 for x64
  • KB4537557 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1703
  • KB4538122 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.7.2 and 4.8 for Windows Server 2019 and Windows 10 Version 1809
  • KB890830 — Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – February 2020
  • KB4532820 — 2020-02 Dynamic Update for Windows 10 Version 1607
  • KB4532689 — 2020-02 Dynamic Update for Windows 10 Version 1709
  • KB4532690 — 2020-02 Dynamic Update for Windows 10 Version 1809
  • KB4532692 — 2020-02 Dynamic Update for Windows 10 Version 1909

Microsoft Office Updates

You find Office update information here.

How to download and install the February 2020 security updates

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The security updates that Microsoft released on February 11, 2020 are made available via Windows Update, WSUS, and other updating tools and services. The updates may also be downloaded manually and installed just like any other application on Windows machines (check the section below for direct download links).

Note: Since Windows updates may introduce bugs or issues, it is highly recommended to create backups of important data — better the entire system — before running any updates.

To check for updates manually, do the following:

  1. Open the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, type Windows Update and select the result.
  2. Select check for updates in the application that opens. Updates may be installed automatically when they are found or offered by Windows; this depends on the operating system and version that is used, and update settings.

Direct update downloads

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

  • KB4537820  — 2020-02 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7
  • KB4537813 — 2020-02 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • KB4537821 — 2020-02 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  • KB4537803 — 2020-02 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Windows 10 (version 1803)

  • KB4537762 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

Windows 10 (version 1809)

  • KB4532691 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

Windows 10 (version 1903)

  • KB4532693 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1903

Windows 10 (version 1909)

  • KB4532693 — 2020-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909

Additional resources

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates January 2020 overview (end of Windows 7 support edition)

Welcome to the first Microsoft Patch Day overview of 2020 and the last Patch Day for the company’s Windows 7 operating system (as well as for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2).

Microsoft released security updates for all supported client and server versions of windows on the January 2020 Patch Tuesday. The company released updates for other products, e.g. Microsoft Office, as well on this day.

The overview starts with an executive summary and the operating system distribution that lists the number of vulnerabilities and the severity rating for each supported version of Windows as well as Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

The list of released updates, non-security updates, security advisories, and known issues follow. You find links to direct downloads for Windows updates as well as resource links at the bottom of the guide.

Click here to open the overview of the December 2019 Windows Security updates.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates January 2020

You may download the following (zipped) Excel spreadsheet that contains a list of released updates in January 2020: windows-security-updates-january-2020

Executive Summary

  • This is the last Patch Day for Windows 7 unless you are a business / Enterprise and subscribed to ESU. Home users may find the “what now” article useful.
  • Microsoft released security updates for all client and server versions of the Windows operating system.
  • Other Microsoft products that received security updates are: Internet Explorer, OneDrive for Android, Microsoft Office, .Net Framework, .Net Core, Asp.net Core, Microsoft Dynamics.

Operating System Distribution

  • Windows 7: 18 vulnerabilities: 1 rated critical and 17 rated important
    • CVE-2020-0611 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows 8.1: 23 vulnerabilities: 1 rated critical and 22 rated important
    • same as Windows 7
  • Windows 10 version 1803: 29 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 28 important
    • same as Windows 7
  • Windows 10 version 1809: 29  vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 28 important
    • same as Windows 7
  • Windows 10 version 1903: 29  vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 28 important
    • same as Windows 7
  • Windows 10 version 1909: same as Windows 10 version 1903

Windows Server products

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 19 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 12 important.
    • CVE-2020-0611 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: 26 vulnerabilities: 3 critical and 23 important.
    • CVE-2020-0609 | Windows Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0610 | Windows Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2020-0611 | Remote Desktop Client Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows Server 2016: 31 vulnerabilities: 3 critical and 28 important.
    • same as Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2019: 33  vulnerabilities: 3 critical and 30 are important
    • same as Windows Server 2012 R2

Other Microsoft Products

  • Internet Explorer 11: 1 vulnerability: 1 critical
    • CVE-2020-0640 | Internet Explorer Memory Corruption Vulnerability
  • Microsoft Edge: none
  • Microsoft Edge on Chromium: none

Windows Security Updates

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012

Improvements and fixes:

  • Fixes an issue with the new SameSite cookie policies for Google Chrome 80.
  • Security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.

Windows 10 version 1803

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Virtualization, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server .

Windows 10 version 1809

Improvements and fixes:

  • Fixes an issue with the new SameSite cookie policies for Google Chrome 80.
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Management, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server.

Windows 10 version 1903

Improvements and fixes:

  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Management, Windows Cryptography, Windows Storage and Filesystems, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server.

Windows 10 version 1909

Improvements and fixes:

  • Same as Windows 10 version 1903

Other security updates

  • KB4534251 — Cumulative security update for Internet Explorer: January 14, 2020
  • KB4532935 — Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1709
  • KB4532936 — Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1803
  • KB4532933 — Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016
  • KB4535102 — Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • KB4534976 — Security Only Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Here is the master list of all released security updates.

Known Issues

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

  • Long standing issue: certain rename operations on files or folders on Cluster Shared Volumes may fail.

Windows 10 version 1803

  • Same as Windows 8.1 plus
  • Issue with creating local user accounts during the Out of Box Experience.

Windows 10 version 1809

  • Same as Windows 10 version 1803 plus
  • Devices with certain Asian language packs may throw the error 0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.

Security advisories and updates

Non-security related updates

Microsoft Office Updates

You find Office update information here.

How to download and install the January 2020 security updates

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The security updates are made available via Windows Update, WSUS, and other updating tools and services. Most home users get the updates automatically via Windows Updates; those who do not want to wait for Windows to pick up the newly released updates can run a manual check for updates to speed up the process.

Note: we recommend that important data is backed up before any updates are installed.

Do this to run a manual check for updates:

  1. Open the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, type Windows Update and select the result.
  2. Select check for updates in the application that opens. Updates may be installed automatically when they are found or offered by Windows; this depends on the operating system and version that is used, and update settings.

Direct update downloads

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP

  • KB4534310 — 2020-01 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7
  • KB4534314 — 2020-01 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • KB4534297 — 2020-01 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  • KB4534309 — 2020-01 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Windows 10 (version 1803)

  • KB4534293 — 2020-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

Windows 10 (version 1809)

  • KB4534273  — 2020-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

Windows 10 (version 1903)

  • KB4528760 — 2020-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1903

Windows 10 (version 1909)

  • KB4528760 — 2020-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909

Additional resources

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Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2019 overview

Welcome to the overview of the last Patch Tuesday of 2019. Microsoft released security and non-security updates for all supported products on December 11, 2019.

Our monthly series provides system administrators and interested users with information about the updates that Microsoft released in the month that is covered. It includes statistics, links to security and non-security updates, as well as download links, and links to resources and other official pages.

Click here to access the November 2019 Microsoft Patch Day overview.

Microsoft Windows Security Updates December 2019

microsoft windows security updates december 2019

You may download the following (zipped) Excel spreadsheet that contains a list of released updates in December 2019: microsoft-windows-security-updates-december-2019

Executive Summary

  • This is the last Patch Tuesday of 2019.
  • Microsoft released security updates for all versions of Windows as well as other company products such as Microsoft Office, SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Skype for Business.
  • Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909 share the same security KBs.
  • Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system won’t receive updates anymore after the January 2020 Patch Day (Small Businesses and Enterprises may buy extensions) Microsoft plans to display a full-screen notification on January 15, 2020 on Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional (without ESU) and Ultimate editions of Windows 7.

Operating System Distribution

  • Windows 7: 14 vulnerabilities: 1 rated critical and 13 rated important
    • CVE-2019-1468 | Win32k Graphics Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows 8.1: 11 vulnerabilities: 1 rated critical and 10 rated important
    • CVE-2019-1468 | Win32k Graphics Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows 10 version 1803: 14 vulnerabilities: 2 critical and 12 important
    • CVE-2019-1468 | Win32k Graphics Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2019-1471 | Windows Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows 10 version 1809: 15 vulnerabilities: 2 critical and 13  important
    • Same as Windows 10 version 1803
  • Windows 10 version 1903: 14 vulnerabilities: 2 critical and 12 important
  • Windows 10 version 1909: same as Windows 10 version 1903

Windows Server products

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: 12 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 11 important.
    • CVE-2019-1468 | Win32k Graphics Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: 11 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 10 important.
    • Same as Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2016: 13 vulnerabilities: 1 critical and 12 important.
    • Same as Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2019: 15 vulnerabilities: 22 critical and 13 are important
    • CVE-2019-1468 | Win32k Graphics Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
    • CVE-2019-1471 | Windows Hyper-V Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Other Microsoft Products

  • Internet Explorer 11: 1 vulnerability: 1 important
  • Microsoft Edge: none?
  • Microsoft Edge on Chromium: none?

Windows Security Updates

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Monthly Rollup: KB4530734
  • Security-only Update: KB4530692 — The security-only update is only available through the Microsoft Update Catalog website and WSUS.

Changes:

  • Security updates to Windows Input and Composition, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows Peripherals, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server.

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2

Changes:

Security updates to Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows Peripherals, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server.

Windows 10 version 1803

Changes:

  • Fixes an issue that prevented Microsoft Store from opening on Windows on Arm.
  • Security updates to Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, Windows Peripherals, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server

Windows 10 version 1809

Changes:

  • Fixed a diagnostic data processing issue for devices on which the setting was set to Basic.
  • Same as Windows 10 version 1803.

Windows 10 version 1903

Changes:

  • Fixed an issue that could cause error 0x3B in cldflt.sys on some devices.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the creation of local user accounts when IME is used.
  • Security updates to Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Server.

Windows 10 version 1909

Changes:

  • Same as Windows 10 version 1903

Other security updates

KB4530677 — 2019-12 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer

KB4530691 — 2019-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012

KB4530695 — 2019-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2008

KB4530698 — 2019-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012

KB4530719 — 2019-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows Server 2008

KB4530681 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1507

KB4530689 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607

KB4530711 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1703

KB4530714 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1709

KB4531787 — 2019-12 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Server 2008

KB4532920 — 2019-12 Servicing Stack Update for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012

Known Issues

Windows 7 SP1 and Server 2008 R2:

Microsoft does not list any known issues on the KB support article but the release notes state that there is an (unnamed) issue.

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2:

  • Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail

Windows 10 version 1803:

  • Same as Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2.
  • Problem creating local user accounts during the Out of Box Experienced when using Input Method Editor (IME).

Windows 10 version 1809:

  • Same as Windows 10 version 1803
  • Devices with “some” Asian language packs may throw error 0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.

Security advisories and updates

ADV990001 | Latest Servicing Stack Updates

ADV190026 | Microsoft Guidance for cleaning up orphaned keys generated on vulnerable TPMs and used for Windows Hello for Business

Non-security related updates

KB4532997 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 Windows 10 Version 1607, and Windows Server 2016

KB4532998 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1703

KB4532999 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1709

KB4533000 –2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1903,and Windows Server 2016

KB4533001 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1809, and Windows Server 2019

KB4533002 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for Windows Server, version 1909 and Windows 10 Version 1909

KB4533013 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.7.2 for Windows 10 Version 1809, and Windows Server 2019

KB4533094 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.7.2 and 4.8 for Windows 10 Version 1809, and Windows Server 2019

KB4533003 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012

KB4533004 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2

KB4533005 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.8 for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2

KB4533010 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012

KB4533011 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2 for Windows 8.1 , and Windows Server 2012 R2

KB4533012 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 4.6 for Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008

KB4533095 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2

KB4533096 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows Embedded 8 Standard, and Windows Server 2012

KB4533097 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1, 4.6.2, 4.7, 4.7.1, 4.7.2, 4.8 for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2

KB4533098 — 2019-12 Security and Quality Rollup for .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 4.5.2, 4.6 for Windows Server 2008

KB890830 — Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – December 2019

Microsoft Office Updates

You find Office update information here.

How to download and install the December 2019 security updates

Security updates are downloaded and installed automatically on most (Home) Windows systems. Windows runs checks for updates regularly to download and install security updates released by Microsoft.

Windows administrators may run manual checks for updates to speed up the process or download patches from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Note: we recommend that backups are created before updates are installed.

Do this to run a manual check for updates:

  1. Open the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, type Windows Update and select the result.
  2. Select check for updates in the application that opens. Updates may be installed automatically when they are found or offered by Windows; this depends on the operating system and version that is used, and update settings.

Direct update downloads

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP

  • KB4530734 — 2019-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7
  • KB4530692 — 2019-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 7

Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2

  • KB4530702 — 2019-12 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1
  • KB4530730 — 2019-12 Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1

Windows 10 (version 1803)

  • KB4530717 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

Windows 10 (version 1809)

  • KB4530715  — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

Windows 10 (version 1903)

  • KB4530684 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1903

Windows 10 (version 1909)

  • KB4530684 — 2019-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1909

Additional resources

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Fido is a PowerShell Script which you can used to download Windows ISO images

There are a lot of ways to get the official Windows 10 ISO images. Windows users may download the Media Creation Tool from Microsoft to download an ISO image of the current version of Windows 10.

When it comes to third-party solutions, Adguard is popular as it provides direct links to Microsoft servers to download ISO files from the company.

Today, we’ll be looking at a different way to get Windows 10 ISO images. Say hello to Fido, not the mobile carrier or the 7-Up guy, but an open-source tool from the creator of Rufus.

Fido is a PowerShell Script which you can used to download Windows ISO images

Calling it a tool is a bit odd, because it’s actually a PowerShell Script. Fido is included in Rufus, and is the tool that the USB Image creator uses to download Windows ISO images straight from the official servers.

Some users may run into issues when trying to use Rufus to download ISO images from Microsoft; one common error is that the download option becomes only available if update checks are enabled. Fido is also available as a standalone download.

How to download and use Fido

Head over to the GitHub main page (see the summary box below the article), right-click on the “Fido.ps1” file and select “save link as” to download your ready-to-use copy of the script.

OR

You can left-click on the said script to open it in your browser and copy its contents in Notepad and save it as a .PS1 script manually.

Note: You can also get it from the latest Source code zip archive from the releases page but you don’t need the extra files to run the script.

Now that you have the script, don’t double-click on it, because it will open the script in Notepad. Instead, right-click on it and select “Run with PowerShell”; or, open a PowerShell window and run it the old-fashioned way if you prefer to do it that way.

Fido PowerShell Script download Windows ISO images

When you execute the script, you will see a “Please Wait…” window at first. The window closes automatically after a few seconds and a new pop-up window, the  Fido – Retail Windows ISO Downloader, opens.

You have two options here: download Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Choose the one you wish to download and hit Continue. Another couple of seconds later the tool will offer you various versions of Windows to choose from. Say, you want to get Windows 10 19H2 Build 18364.418 – 2019.11 (very catchy names Microsoft), select it and click on Continue.

Next, Fido will ask you to select the Edition you wish to download. The options differ depending on the version that you select. If you take the example, you get to choose between Windows 10 Home, Pro, or Education. Next up, you will have to pick the desired language and afterwards the architecture (x64 for 64-bit or x86 for 32-bit).

Hit that download button; it should open a new tab in your browser and the download of the ISO image should start. If you have a download manager, it should catch the URL automatically (XDM did it for me). The entire ISO selection process takes about 10 seconds or less once you are accustomed to it.

Note: The script closes the PowerShell Window, but you can of course get the URL from the opened browser tab. Windows 10 LTSB/LTSC ISOs are not supported by Fido.

Now You: How do you download Windows ISO images?

Fido

For Windows

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Microsoft retires Cortana support on iOS and Android

Remember Cortana? The digital assistant that Microsoft integrated into the company’s Windows 10 operating system? Microsoft went all in on the digital assistant when it first launched Windows 10 and even made Cortana something that users could not remove anymore when it launched the Anniversary Update for the operating system.

Cortana was released for iOS and Android, and also integrated into the Microsoft Launcher application. The digital assistant was never released for previous versions of Windows, however.

Reports started to appear in early 2019 that Microsoft planned to change how Cortana was used fundamentally.

cortana

A new Microsoft support article confirms that Microsoft will retire Cortana support on iOS and Android, and also in the Microsoft Launcher application.

To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps. As part of this evolution, on January 31st, 2020, we’re ending support for the Cortana app on Android and iOS in your market.

Microsoft won’t support the Cortana mobile application after January 31, 2020 anymore and Microsoft Launcher won’t support Cortana anymore as well after that day.

The company notes that users may still access reminders and lists through Cortana on Windows, and that reminders, lists and tasks are synced automatically to the Microsoft To Do application which is available for mobile devices.

At that point, the Cortana content you created–such as reminders and lists–will no longer function in the Cortana mobile app or Microsoft Launcher, but can still be accessed through Cortana on Windows. Also, Cortana reminders, lists, and tasks are automatically synced to the Microsoft To Do app, which you can download to your phone for free.

Microsoft plans to replace the integrated Cortana with a Cortana application on Windows 10 devices in the future.

Cortana will be integrated into Microsoft 365 productivity apps according to Microsoft. The move limits access to Cortana as Microsoft 365 is only available to Enterprise and small business customers at the time of writing.

Closing words

The retiring of the mobile Cortana applications and the removal of Cortana from Microsoft Launcher looks like an admission of defeat. The move is not the end of Cortana as Microsoft plans to establish it as an Enterprise/Business solution. For consumers, Cortana will play less and less of a role though in the future.

Have you used Cortana or another digital assistant in the past?

Now Read: Why I won’t be using digital voice assistants anytime soon. (via Deskmodder)

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