Windows 7/8.1 Preview Rollup Updates (May 2018)

Windows Update[German]Microsoft released updates for Windows 7 (KB4103713), Windows 8.1 (KB4103724) and the relevant server counterparts on May 17/18, 2018. These are the monthly preview rollup updates. There are also some other updates in the server area.


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This is a supplement to last Thursday, May 17/18, 2018 (thanks to blog reader Markus B. for his note last Friday, May 18, 2018). I’ve been on the road and haven’t got a chance to blog about the updates yet. The preview rollup updates have also been rolled out this month two days later than usual (late Thursday instead of the 3rd Tuesday of the month).

Preview Rollup Updates means a preview of updates that appear on patchday of the following month. These optional updates do not actually need to be installed (unless you are affected by a fixed bug).

KB4103713 foür Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

Update KB4103713 is available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 as Preview of Monthly Rollup. This is not a security update. The preview rollup addresses the following items:

  • Addresses additional issues with updated time zone information.
  • Adds SMB1 access auditing on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The auditing will be disabled by default.

However, SMB1 access auditing must be explicitly released in an administrative command prompt (called with Run as administrator) in the registry. Then enter the following command:

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\
LanmanServer\Parameters /v AuditSmb1Access /t REG_DWORD -d 1 /f


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This is one command that has been formatted as several lines here within the blog. To disable SMB1 access auditing, enter the following command in the administrative command prompt:

reg add HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer
\Parameters /v AuditSmb1Access /t REG_DWORD -d 0 /f

This rollup has two known problems that can occur during installation:

  • A stop error occurs on computers that don’t support Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data (SIMD) Extensions 2 (SSE2). Microsoft is working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.
  • Microsoft is aware that some customers have reported that network drivers are intentionally uninstalled, then fail to reinstall after applying the May 8, 2018 update. This can result in the loss of network connectivity. Microsoft is presently investigating and will provide a status update when the investigation is complete.

The update is optional and is offered via Windows Update, but can also be downloaded and installed via Microsoft Update Catalog.

KB4103724 for Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2

Update KB4103724 is available for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 as Preview of Monthly Rollup. This is not a security update. The preview rollup addresses the following items:

  • Addresses additional issues with updated time zone information.
  • Addresses an issue that can cause excessive memory usage when using smart cards on a Windows Terminal Server system.
  • Addresses an issue in the SRVNET.SYS driver that can cause a BAD_POOL_CALLER (0x000000C2) or a PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (0x00000050) error in a SMB scale-out file-share scenario.

This optional update is offered via Windows Update, but can also be downloaded and installed via Microsoft Update Catalog. Microsoft currently has no known issues with this update.

The update should also be offered via WSUS, as Markus B. writes: The[kb4103724] updates are synchronized since yesterday afternoon.

Further updates for Windows Server 2008 / R2

Markus B. pointed out to me in his above mentioned mail that he released further updates via WSUS for Windows Server 2008 R2 and for Windows Server 2008.

  • Update KB4039648: Update to add SHA-2 code signing support for Windows Server 2008 SP2 (released 02/21/2018).
  • Update KB4090928: Windows leaks handles in the lsm.exe process and smart card applications may display “SCARD_E_NO_SERVICE” errors. released May 17, 2018 for Windows Server 2008.
  • Update KB4130978: Time zone and DST changes in Windows for Morocco and the West Bank and Gaza; applies to Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows XP Embedded. Released 05/18/2018.

The updates will probably also be distributed via Windows Update. Details can be found in the linked KB articles.

Issues with various WSUS patches??

Markus B. wrote me the following lines in last Friday’s mail, which refer to WSUS and various updates:

Meanwhile, do you know something about when the Cumulative Patch is coming in for the Win10 1709? This is simply not or only partially distributed via the WSUS. You already mentioned that in a blog.

It strikes me that the number of installations will then also totally decrease. Somewhere there should be a problem with feedback from the system. Anyway, I notice that in the last few months more and more clients suddenly stop reporting (reports). Contact is still there, but the status report is no longer coming.

Do you have any such reports? Also the Flashplayer distributes much slower. Usually the office security patches from last week.

Under 1607, the cumulative is now distributed normally. They had problems at the beginning but got a new revision.

The latest cumulative from this week is not offered in WSUS only via Windows Update in the Catalog.

Since I don’t run a WSUS, I can’t say anything about it. Any of you notice anything in this regard?

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