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Microsoft Rolling out February 2019 Security Updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

As a part of Patch Tuesday, this February batch from Microsoft not only includes cumulative updates for Windows 10 but also security patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Microsoft ended mainstream software support for Windows 7 back in 2015 and these updates are a part of extended support that is going to last until January, 2020.

The Microsoft Update Catalog has listed with Windows 7 KB4486563 Update and Windows 8.1 KB4487000 Update as of today. These updates are a part of monthly general improvement and security patches. These cumulative updates do not include any major changes but some simple and small necessary fixes.

KB4486563 Update for Windows 7 and KB4487000 Update for Windows 8.1

Changelog

  • Addresses an issue that may prevent applications that use a Microsoft Jet database with the Microsoft Access 97 file format from opening. This issue occurs if the database has column names greater than 32 characters. The database fails to open with the error, “Unrecognized Database Format”.
  • Adds top-level domain support to HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) Preload for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Graphics, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Wireless Networking, Windows Server, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

Known Issues

Symptom Workaround
 

After installing this update, virtual machines (VM) may fail to restore successfully if the VM has been saved and restored once before. The error message is, “Failed to restore the virtual machine state: Cannot restore this virtual machine because the saved state data cannot be read. Delete the saved state data and then try to start the virtual machine. (0xC0370027).”

This affects AMD Bulldozer Family 15h, AMD Jaguar Family 16h, and AMD Puma Family 16h (second generation) microarchitectures.

After installing this update, shut down the virtual machines before restarting the host.

Microsoft is working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available by mid-February 2019.


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