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Microsoft publishes monthly Patch Tuesday updates to fix known issues and security vulnerabilities in Windows operating systems.
This month, the Redmond giant is back with a new series of cumulative Windows 10 updates. More specifically, Microsoft has released KB4499181 for Windows 10 v1703. The company has focused entirely on improving the security of Windows components, including the system’s integrated IE and Microsoft Edge browsers.
Download Windows 10 KB4499181 Cumulative update
All these security updates are automatically downloaded and installed to your device via Windows Update. If your device has not yet received open settings, select Update and Security. Check for updates.
Under Windows 10, updates are automatically installed to ensure the security of your device. But sometimes, due to software and driver compatibility issues, the Windows update may not install or cause other problems. Microsoft noticed this problem and today the company confirmed in the support documents that Windows 10 will now automatically remove false updates.
Your device recently recovered from a boot error when you received this notification: “We have removed some recently installed updates to restore your device after a boot error. If Windows detects it, it will try to correct the error by uninstalling the latest updates installed. This only happens if all other attempts at automatic recovery fail.
Windows 10 version 1703 reached the end of its operation on October 8, 2018. Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro for Workstation and IoT Core editions no longer receive monthly security and quality updates that protect against the latest security threats. To continue to receive security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Windows 10.
Improvements and corrections
This update includes quality improvements. Some of the most important changes are:
- Provides protection against a new subclass of speculative runtime vulnerabilities called microarchitectural data sampling for 64-bit (x64) versions of Windows (CVE-2019-11091, CVE-2018-12126, CVE-2018-12127, CVE-2018-12130). Use the registry settings as described in the Windows Client article. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions).
- Adds “gov.uk” to the HTTP Strict Transport Security Top Level Domains (HSTS TLD) for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
- Fixed a problem that could cause “Error 1309” when installing or uninstalling certain types of.msi and.msp files on a virtual drive.
- Fix a problem that prevents Microsoft Visual Studio Simulator from starting.
- Fixes a problem that can make the text, layout or cell size narrower or wider than Microsoft Excel expects when using MS UI Gothic or MS PGothic fonts.
- Security updates for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows App Platform and
- Frameworks, Windows Cryptography, Windows Datacenter Networking, Windows Server, Windows Virtualization, Windows Kernel and Microsoft JET Database Engine.
If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.
Troubleshooting Visual Studio Simulator startup problems
Previously, Windows 10 users could not start Microsoft Visual Studio Simulator. Microsoft has fixed all these problems in KB4499181.
Japanese font troubleshooting
Microsoft Excel users have pointed out that some Japanese fonts cause problems when formatting MS Excel. The company has promised to publish a solution in the next version. Finally, KB4499181 fixes all these problems.
A series of security patches
As part of the cumulative update KB4499181 of Windows 10, Microsoft has introduced a number of security patches for most of its products. To learn more about these patches, visit the official update page.
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