A ‘business-as-usual’ Patch Tuesday update for Windows desktops

It really is saying a lot when Microsoft releases more than 100 updates each month and this is now considered “business as usual.” Speaking of the “new normal,” Microsoft has changed the release cadence of its optional updates (generally released later each month).

In a statement about the new update regularity, the company said: “We have been evaluating the public health situation, and we understand this is impacting our customers. In response to these challenges we are prioritizing our focus on security updates. Starting in May 2020, we are pausing all optional non-security releases (C and D updates) for all supported versions of Windows client and server products (Windows 10, version 1909 down through Windows Server 2008 SP2).

There is no change to the monthly security updates B release – Update (or Patch) Tuesday.”

You can find out more with our Readiness infographic.

Known Issues

Each month, Microsoft includes a list of known issues that relate to the operating system and platforms included in this update cycle. I have referenced a few key issues that relate to the latest builds from Microsoft including:

  • After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, “0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.”
  • After installing KB4467684, the cluster service may fail to start with the error “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)” if the group policy “Minimum Password Length” is configured with greater than 14 characters.

You can also find Microsoft’s summary of Known Issues for this release in a single page. Most importantly for this May release, Microsoft has not (yet) released any specific mitigations or workarounds for any updates released this month.

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