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2 Friday night patch specials: A flawed Win7 Monthly Rollup preview and an IE fix

When Microsoft released its gang of patches last Thursday, one patch was remarkably absent: We didn’t get a preview of next month’s Windows 7 Monthly Rollup. Windows 8.1, Server 2012 and Server 2012R2 all got previews, but not Win7 (or Server 2008R2).

I hypothesized at the time that Microsoft didn’t release a new Win7 April Monthly Rollup preview because they were still trying to fix the bugs they introduced in this month’s Monthly Rollup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, KB 4088875, and  the download-and-manually-install Security-only patch for March, KB 4088878.

Microsoft now acknowledges all of these bugs in March’s Win7 Patch Tuesday release:

  • After you install this update, SMB servers may leak memory.
  • A Stop error occurs if this update is applied to a 32-Bit (x86) machine with the Physical Address Extension (PAE) mode disabled.
  • A Stop error occurs on computers that don’t support Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2 (SSE2).
  • A new Ethernet virtual Network Interface Card (vNIC) that has default settings may replace the previously existing vNIC, causing network issues after you apply this update. Any custom settings on the previous vNIC persist in the registry but are unused.
  • IP address settings are lost after you apply this update.

All of those bugs were new in the March Monthly Rollup, except the memory leak, which first appeared in January. We’re getting nowhere fast.

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