Microsoft Updates Shipping Versions of Windows 10 for Third Time This Month

Microsoft Updates Shipping Versions of Windows 10 for Third Time This Month

Microsoft has released yet another cumulative update for the shipping versions of Windows 10. It’s the third such update this month.

As I surmised earlier, I’m going to guess that this sudden explosion of cumulative updates is somehow tied to the pending release of the Windows 10 Creators Update, which is a major OS upgrade. The timing is just too obvious.

As with the previous two updates this month—the Patch Tuesday update from March 14 that was so humongous because Microsoft skipped February’s Patch Tuesday and the second update from three days ago—this new update is indeed a cumulative update, meaning it essentially replaces, and includes, all previous cumulative updates.

But I find the note on the Windows 10 update history page to be somewhat interesting, if not somewhat 14393.969.

“Windows 10 is a service,” the note claims. No. It isn’t.

“[This] means it gets better through periodic software updates.” That much is certainly true.

Where the previous cumulative update incremented the Windows 10 version 1607 build number to 14393.969, this new cumulative update pushes it ever so slightly further, to 14393.970. It includes the following fixes:

  • Addressed a known issue with KB4013429 that caused form display issues with CRM 2011 on Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed the issue with KB4013429 that prevents users from updating apps from Windows Store with 0x80070216 error.

So as with that previous update, it’s unclear why either of these is so serious that they required an out-of-band update like this. I’m not running version 1607 on the PC I’m using on the road, so I’m not sure if this one requires a reboot. Hopefully not.


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  • SherlockHolmes

    Premium Member
    24 March, 2017 - 10:43 am

    <p>Major OS upgrade? Really? Oh yeah. You are right. We get Paint 3D and ads. VERY major indeed.</p>

  • david.thunderbird

    24 March, 2017 - 10:47 am

    <p>update says I'm currant and history shows last on 20th. I'm feeling left out in the rain to rust.</p>

    • Dan1986ist

      Premium Member
      24 March, 2017 - 11:25 am

      <blockquote><a href="#92788"><em>In reply to david.thunderbird:</em></a></blockquote><p>You have to get this update directly from the Windows Update Catalog website as Microsoft decided not make this available through Windows Update.</p>

      • zbecka

        24 March, 2017 - 2:15 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#92805"><em>In reply to Dan1986ist:</em></a></blockquote><p>I am not sure about that.&nbsp; My update (Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1607 for x64-based Systems (KB4015438)) is coming through "Settings -&gt; Windows Update".</p>

        • johnbaxter

          24 March, 2017 - 2:47 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#92837">In reply to zbecka:</a></em></blockquote><p>KB4015438 was the one earlier this week (Tuesday, for me).</p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    24 March, 2017 - 10:47 am

    <p>It required a lengthy reboot in both cases thus far. </p>

    • ncn

      24 March, 2017 - 2:22 pm

      <p>yes, it was another one of those scary-long restarts (5-20 mins) … they really need to put up some sort of warning to assure you that the spinning circle will, someday, end.</p><p><br></p>

  • ntct180

    24 March, 2017 - 10:56 am

    <p>Installed yesterday and it required a reboot</p>

  • prrobinson81

    Premium Member
    24 March, 2017 - 11:20 am

    <p>FWIW – we use CRM 2011 in our company and the IE11 issue was deemed serious enough for management to halt the deployment of the March patches&nbsp;on 40k+ machines until MS provided a fix&nbsp;(fortunately we caught the issue during our usual testing regime so no end user was actually impacted).</p>

  • skane2600

    24 March, 2017 - 12:31 pm

    <p>Don't understand the value of these rapid releases. Negative impact on MS's bottom line if they just waited to release it all at the end of the month? Nothing.</p>

    • skane2600

      27 March, 2017 - 12:26 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#92828">In reply to skane2600:</a></em></blockquote><p>So do those who marked me down actually believe that MS bottom line would suffer if they collected all updates into a single release? </p>

  • Tony Barrett

    24 March, 2017 - 1:00 pm

    <p>Updates like this would indicate that MS are identifying big problems that need rapid fixing. You do not release a *major* cumulative update a couple of days after the previous one with just a couple of documented minor fixes. That just doesn't make sense. Two ways of interpreting this rapid release – 1) MS are working really hard on behalf of all their customers, doing the right thing and keeping everyone updated or 2) They're identifying too many issues in the run up to the Creator's update, don't want it to go south like the AU, and are panic releasing updates so it doesn't go all wrong again. I know which one I think likely!</p>

  • Waethorn

    24 March, 2017 - 1:04 pm

    <p>"<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">“[This] means it gets better through periodic software updates.” That much is certainly true."</span></p><p><br></p><p>Except when it doesn't.</p>

  • JerryH

    Premium Member
    24 March, 2017 - 3:39 pm

    <p>It is actually pretty clear why an out of band is required. Now that patches for Windows are all basically cumulative – no more individual security patches where you could say patch the critical SMB flaw while waiting on the IE patch until it is fixed – you have to take all or nothing. In enterprises, we have security guys saying "you have to ship this NOW" (as it fixes several critical vulnerabilities) and you have the business units saying "you cannot break all my web apps so you cannot ship it ever". In IT we are stuck. Have to ship it but can't ship it. So Microsoft has to do an out of band so that both can be satisfied. It is a self inflicted wound – they caused this by wanting the cumulative model. They have to live with the results which are less than stellar.</p>

  • matsan

    Premium Member
    24 March, 2017 - 4:37 pm

    <p>Why is everybody so up in arms about the reboot itself? I am forced to reboot my laptops at least once a day when moving between 4K monitors and the built-in laptop screen since keeping track of the various DPI settings seems to be another <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">“… very hard computer science problem to solve”.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">I am more concerned over how Microsoft will be able to scale the distribution if it requires 1GB+ updates to fix a form problem in IE just days after 1GB+ update was required to fix a DVD player issue. Whoever came up with the monolithic way of distributing software should be sent directly to Principal Nadella's office.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">(Yes, writing this in anger after spending most of Wednesday troubleshooting an Office 365 update that were failing on all of our machines)</span></p>

  • 1024freeman

    25 March, 2017 - 12:49 pm

    <p>Getting lots of updates Pro 1607. I use Sumatra as my pdf reader, updates keep changing pdf reader to Edge, also VLC is my goto video app, updates changing video app to Movies and TV. More sly advertising?</p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    25 March, 2017 - 4:43 pm

    <p>Did not received this update. </p>

  • Narg

    25 March, 2017 - 7:08 pm

    <p>If MS didn't update, the negative types would scream that it's dead.&nbsp; Can't win, eh?</p>

    • skane2600

      27 March, 2017 - 12:23 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#92970">In reply to Narg:</a></em></blockquote><p>Seriously who has ever claimed Windows was dead because it wasn't updated 3 times during a single month?</p>

  • Belralph

    27 March, 2017 - 11:43 pm
  • mortarm

    05 May, 2017 - 10:46 am

    <p>&gt;…if not somewhat 14393.969.</p><p>???</p>


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