Optional Cumulative Update KB4457139 for Windows 7 Released With Bug Fixes

After releasing new cumulative updates for Windows 10, Microsoft is also rolling out a new patch for Windows 7. The KB4457139 is now available for Windows 7 via Windows Update and Microsoft’s Update Catalog. Windows 7 KB4457139 is an optional update and it includes improvements and fixes that were part of the KB4457144.

According to Microsoft’s support document, KB4457139 for Windows 7 comes with non-security improvements and fixes that are aimed at enterprises and businesses.

“This non-security update includes improvements and fixes that were a part of KB4457144 (released September 11, 2018) and also includes these new quality improvements as a preview of the next Monthly Rollup update,” Microsoft explains.

You can find the changelog below:

Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.
Addresses an issue with the diagnostic pipeline for devices enrolled in Windows Analytics when the CommercialID registry key, “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection” is present.
Addresses a memory leak issue that occurs when a device with a multilingual UI calls the LoadString API.
Addresses an issue in which all Guest Virtual Machines running Unicast NLB fail to respond to NLB requests after the Virtual Machines restart.

Known issues in this update

Symptom Workaround
After you apply this update, the network interface controller may stop working on some client software configurations. This occurs because of an issue related to a missing file, oem.inf. The exact problematic configurations are currently unknown.
  1. To locate the network device, launch devmgmt.msc. It may appear under Other Devices.
  2. To automatically rediscover the NIC and install drivers, select Scan for Hardware Changes from the Actionmenu.

a. Alternatively, install the drivers for the network device by right-clicking the device and choosing Update. Then choose Search automatically for updated driver software or Browse my computer for driver software.

Microsoft notes that Windows cumulative updates now require you to install the latest servicing stack update (KB3177467) before installing the cumulative updates as it could help you mitigate potential issues. If you’ve Windows Update enabled on your computer, the latest SSU will be offered to you automatically and no action is required.

Windows 7 will stop receiving updates in 2020

Microsoft is all set to end support for Windows 7 in 2020 but people and more especially businesses are still refusing to give it up. The January 2020 deadline is one important milestone for Microsoft as the Windows 10 user base will increase and businesses will upgrade their old hardware.

Microsoft recently announced that support for Windows 7 would be extended for two years if you pay.