February 'Patch Tuesday' rolls out with a couple of small fixes

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What you need to know

  • February's Windows 10 "Patch Tuesday" update is available now.
  • The update focuses mostly on security fixes and improvements.
  • All supported versions of Windows have an update.

It's the second Tuesday of the month, which can only mean one thing, "Patch Tuesday." That means updates are rolling out for various versions of Windows 10. As is the case with almost all "Patch Tuesday" updates, this update contains no new features. Instead, it focuses mostly on security fixes and improvements.

PCs running Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1903 will receive the following changes, as outlined by their release notes (opens in new tab):

  • Addresses an issue that occurs when migrating cloud printers during an upgrade.
  • Improves the installation experience when updating to Windows 10, version 1903.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Server, Windows Management, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and Windows Shell.

Windows 10 version 1809 will receive the same security updates (opens in new tab) as newer versions of Windows 10:

  • Security updates to Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Cryptography, Windows Virtualization, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Core Networking, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.

For Windows 10 versions 1803 and earlier, you'll receive the same security update:

  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Microsoft Edge, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Cryptography, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Core Networking, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.

A couple older versions of Windows, such as version 1703, will receive the following:

  • Addresses an issue that might cause the Application Virtualization (App-V) Streaming Driver (appvstr.sys) to leak memory when you enable Shared Content Store (SCS) mode.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Microsoft Edge, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Management, Windows Cryptography, Windows Hyper-V, Windows Core Networking, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Storage and Filesystems, and Windows Server.

Each of these updates is available now via Windows Update for anyone running supported versions of Windows 10. For more, you can check out Microsoft's full release notes for each version at the Windows 10 support site (opens in new tab).

Sean Endicott
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3 Comments
  • Hehe, remember when Windows 10 deleted your Documents folder? Or when it broke Search for you? Lately you were dropped off the Internet every hour or so, unless you ran the Network Troubleshooter. The newest thing is, I have half of the text resources undisplayed. That means context-menu labels are empty, file names are not displayed, devices list only show icons with an empty name and description, Task Scheduler has an empty column for actions and so on... Marvelous. I only regret not having Windows 7 anymore to not have my background and not to be able to shut down my PC.
  • Why are you troll? These are just security update in a very normal Patch Tuesday.
  • Well at least this fixed the issue with Win 10s not installing the Malicious software Removal tool that started back in Oct 2019.