check for updates on windows 7

Along with a bunch of cumulative updates KB5022303 and KB5022287 for Windows 11 and KB5022282 for Windows 10 Devices. Microsoft Today also released a couple of updates KB5022352 and KB5022346 for older releases well. As you may remember, Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 on 14th January 2020 so these updates are only for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The company also released KB5022338 and KB5022339 for Windows 7 and server 2008 businesses who have signed up (paid) for Extended Security Updates (ESU).

As usual, there are two different updates, a monthly rollup and a security-only update that only includes security fixes. While the monthly rollup can be acquired from Windows Update, the security-only update must be installed manually.

Windows 8.1 update

Windows 8.1 KB5022352 (Monthly Rollup) and KB5022346 (Security-only update) Addressed the following points.

Hence Microsoft previously announced Windows 8.1 will reach end of support on January 10, 2023, Today’s update package KB5022352 and KB5022346 is the last patch for windows 8 and 8.1,

  • Microsoft displays a modal dialog that informs Home users about the end of support. The message does not appear on managed devices that run Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise.
  • Authentication may fail if the “higher 16-bits of the msds-SupportedEncryptionTypes attribute” are set.
  • Resolved the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) SQL Server Driver (sqlsrv32.dll) that could cause connections to fail.

Also, you can download the standalone package for this update, from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows 7 SP1

KB5022338 Monthly Rollup and KB5022339 Security-only update for windows 7 service pack 1 also include similar changes as for windows 8.1.

  • Authentication may fail if the “higher 16-bits of the msds-SupportedEncryptionTypes attribute” are set.
  • Resolved the Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) SQL Server Driver (sqlsrv32.dll) that could cause connections to fail.

Known issue

After installing this update and restarting your device, you might receive the error, “Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer,” and the update might show as Failed in Update History.

The company says this issue expected in the following circumstances:

  • If you are installing this update on a device that is running an edition that is not supported for ESU. For a complete list of which editions are supported, see KB4497181.
  • If you do not have an ESU MAK add-on key installed and activated.

If you have purchased an ESU key and have encountered this issue, please verify you have applied all prerequisites and that your key is activated.

Microsoft noted another known issue – After this update or a later Windows update is installed, domain join operations might be unsuccessful and error “0xaac (2732): NERR_AccountReuseBlockedByPolicy” occurs.

Important Note: Windows 7 reached end of life

With Update (KB4598279, KB4598289) Windows 7 reached the end of life. that means Devices still running Windows 7 will no longer receive any security updates and patches from Microsoft. And the company recommends upgrade Windows 11 for the latest security features and protection against malicious software

Microsoft says The specific end of support day for Windows 7 will be January 14, 2020 Technical assistance and software updates from Windows Update that help protect your PC are no longer available for the product.

Windows 7 upgrade warning

Download Windows 7 Cumulative updates

This update will be downloaded and installed automatically via Windows Update on all compatible devices running Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP1 and connected to the Microsoft server. To check and install updates manually

check for updates on windows 7

  1. Open the Start. menu. …
  2. Open Control Panel. Click the Control Panel on the right column of the Start.
  3. Go to “System and Security”. Click on the green header.
  4. Open Windows Update. Choose “Windows Update” from the middle of the list.
  5. Check for updates. Click the Check for updates button on the main screen.

Also, you can get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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