Latest Patch Tuesday Updates Bring Redesigned Windows 10 Search Box

Microsoft blocks Windows 7 Updates for systems with Norton & Symantec Antivirus Products

Microsoft has pushed a redesigned search box for Windows 10 as a part of this month’s Patch Tuesday Updates. The new search box is currently available for users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. Many of them posted it online for everyone.

However, by the look of things the redesigned search box didn’t go well for many. People think that it’s too big and covers a major portion of the taskbar. Notably, the new design is in the testing phases at the moment. We hope that Microsoft will take notice of this problem and it would come up with a better design in the stable builds.

How To Resize New Windows 10 Search Box?

For now, you need to follow a couple of steps to resize the new Windows 10 search bar.

  1. Navigate to the Taskbar, right-click and select Properties.
  2. Select Use small taskbar buttons option from the Taskbar in the Start Menu Properties window.
    Resize Search Box
    Resize Search Box
  3. Click the OK button to save the changes.

Windows 7 Updates Blocked On Systems Running Incompatible Antivirus

The series of buggy Patch Tuesday updates does not end here. Microsoft has blocked August Patch Tuesday Updates for Windows 7 PCs running Antivirus solutions that are unable to deal with SHA-2 code-signing support. The tech giant has itself issued an advisory stating that SHA-2 support should be enabled on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 systems if you want to continue receiving monthly Windows Updates.

Microsoft has confirmed that the upgrade block is in place for devices with Norton Antivirus and Symantec Antivirus products. Since Symantec software is unable to deal with SHA-2 certificates, so this month’s Patch Tuesday Updates are designed to be SHA-2 exclusive.

Microsoft has temporarily placed a safeguard hold on devices with an affected version of Symantec Antivirus or Norton Antivirus installed to prevent them from receiving this type of Windows update until a solution is available.

Moreover, Symantec has itself acknowledged the issue in a support document.

Updates that are only SHA-2 signed are not visible as an available download when certain versions of Symantec Endpoint Protection are installed.

It is highly recommended that you should avoid manual installation of the latest updates on affected Windows 7 systems. It is worth mentioning that an attempt to install the updates can break your system. Microsoft is working on the issue and you may need to wait for a couple of weeks to receive the corresponding patch.

Alex Schoff
Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.

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