Windows 7/8.1: Updates KB2952664 / KB2976978 are back (again)

Windows UpdateMicrosoft re-released updates KB2952664 for Windows 7 SP1 and  KB2976978 for Windows 8.1 again. Here are a few details.


Released, withdrawn, re-released

It seems a funny thing with updates KB2952664 / KB2976978. Those packages has been re-released on a periodical base since months. Both are offered from Microsoft as "Compatibilty Updates" for Windows 7 / Windows 8.1. But the kb articles describes the details:

This update performs diagnostics on the Windows systems that participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program. The diagnostics evaluate the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem, and help Microsoft to ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows. There is no GWX or upgrade functionality contained in this update. 

This month Microsoft plays a special game with both updates. First Microsoft re-released those updates (see Windows 7/8.1: Update KB2952664 / KB2976978 re-released) on February 10, 2017 as optional. My recommendation was to hide both updates, because it's snooping stuff (telemetry updates).

On February 16, 2017, Microsoft has withdrawn both updates for Windows Update and from Microsoft Update Catalog. Now both updates are back – some kind of re-re-release. 

The update details in Microsoft Update Catalog shows a time stamp 2/17/2017 for both update packages. But the packages are offered since 2/21/2017 via Microsoft Update Catalog and Windows Update.


Currently I'm also waiting for a Flash player update for Windows 8.1/10. My sources told me some days ago, that Microsoft is planning a Flash update within a few days. Also Woody Leonhard mentioned e-mail copies circulating at Microsoft and dealing with a Flash update. 

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