Windows 7/8.1/Server: WSUS-Update KB4012864

Windows Update[German]Some users of my German blog informed me, that Update KB4012864 has been offered in WSUS. Here are a few details about that update.


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Update KB4012864 has been released at March 16, 2017 and shall (according to Microsoft Update Catalog) fix some issues:

Description: Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

Architecture: AMD64

Classification: Update Rollups

Supported products: Windows Server 2008

Supported languages: all

This update will be offered in Microsoft Update Catalog for several Windows versions(Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Server versions). Only Windows 10 is missing (see below).

Searching the web for KB4012864 did not provide too much hits. Beside the link to Microsoft Update Catalog there is a thread in digital-forum.it and at AskWoody is a post within the lounge. But this GB support site provides more details:

Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Embedded (KB4012864)
Locale: All
Deployment: WSUS, and Catalog
Classification: High Priority, Non-Security, Update Rollups
Supersedes: KB3203884 on Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Embedded
Target platforms: Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Windows Server 2012, Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, and Windows XP Embedded
Approximate file sizes:

  • Windows 8.1 update: ~ 537KB
  • Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2 x64 update: ~ 652KB
  • Windows Embedded 8 Standard/Windows Server 2012 x64 update: ~ 501KB
  • Windows Embedded 8 Standard update: ~ 348KB
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7/Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 update: ~ 430KB
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7/Windows 7 update: ~ 338KB
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 IA-64 update: ~ 132KB
  • Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista update: ~ 526KB
  • Windows Server 2008 IA-64 update: ~ 190KB
  • Windows Server 2008/Windows Vista x64 update: ~ 626KB
  • WES09 and POSReady 2009 update: ~ 523KB

Description:
Install this update to resolve issues in Windows. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

This update is quoted as important, but KB article 4012864 says, it’s an update for: DST changes in Windows for Northern Cypress, Mongolia, and Russian Saratov region.


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Northern Cyprus has stopped observing daylight saving time. This new policy went into effect on October 30, 2016. Going forward, the area will remain set at UTC+03:00.

It seems to me, that most users can ignore this update (except for those living in the named regions).


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