Windows 10-Updates KB3074686; KB3074679 for Build 10240

Just a few days till 7/29 and Windows 10 still seems buggy. Tonight Microsoft has released two additional updates for Windows 10 Build 10240. Because Microsoft decided, to “announce Updates” via tweets without further details. Here a few details and some thoughts.


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Hey, we have a new tweet …

Just lean back and rethink: A normal Windows administrator will have a look into Windows Update to check, if and which updates are available. And in Windows 7/Windows 8.1 the update window lists pending updates with Details-Links to related KB articles.

Well, it seems that Windows 10 has changed the game. Updates will be announced personally from Gabe Aul on Twitter.

Sorry for sarcasm, it’s ok, that Gabe announced the Update for Windows Insiders. But what’s annoying: Just a tweet, no info about the KB-Number, no details. Seems the same policy as for the last Surface Pro 3 firmware update (since 2 days no information what the update is for).

Update-Details required?

Browsing the web this morning leads me to this sites [e.g.. 1, 2, 3, 4], writing about the new updates without telling any details at all about the updates. Therefore I fired up a Windows 10 machine and have had a look at the Settings page.


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Details? Not at all, just bla bla. Also the Details links, provided in older Windows versions, are gone. Here is my German Details page.

Therefore I searched the web (Bing and Google did not show results beside the Twitter bla bla). Finally I used the old trick: I fired up a browser, went to https://support.microsoft.com/en-en/kb/3074686 and exchanged the KB number in the  URL. At least I was able to provide the following details: 

  • KB3074679: A cumulative security update for Windows 10 – to fix security issues. Here are the details:

    This security update resolves the following vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows:

    • The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts. To learn more about the vulnerability, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-078.
    • The vulnerability impacts Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer. To learn more about the vulnerability, see Microsoft security advisory 2755801 and Adobe Security bulletin APSB15-18.
    • The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if the Windows Installer service incorrectly runs custom action scripts.

Additionally, this update includes non–security-related changes to enhance the functionality of Windows 10 through new features and improvements.

  • KB3074686: This update improves the Windows 10 out-of-box experience (OOBE). This update applies only to the Windows 10 OOBE process and will be available only at the time that OOBE updates are installed.

Also, Windows Update tried to install a new Intel HD graphics driver on my test machine.

My thought’s …

What I’m missing are detailed information about all pending updates – provided in my Windows Update windows. I don’t like to search the web, I like to see a Details link to related KB articles. The current solution, Microsoft has choosen for Windows 10 is just a mess – it doesn’t fit my requirements in production environments.  And what’s your opinion about Windows Update in Windows 10?


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