Windows 7/8.1 Preview Rollup Updates (May 23, 2019)

Windows Update[German]On May 23, 2019, Microsoft released a Preview Rollup Update KB4499178 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. At the same time a Preview Rollup Update KB4499182 for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 was released.


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Preview Rollup Updates are optional, quasi for testing, their content will be released for the following regular patchday.

Updates for Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

A preview rollup update has been released for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. The update history for Windows 7 can be found on this Microsoft page

KB4499178 (Preview Monthly Rollup) Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 R2

Update KB4499178 (Preview Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1) contains improvements and bug fixes that will be rolled out in the following month. The KB article points out that this update no longer includes the PciClearStaleCache.exe for fixing network problems. If you encounter problems, please see KB4493453 for more information. The update addresses for the umpteenth time the problem that the Japanese calendar received a new calendar on May 1, 2019 according to the following list. Here are the details:

  • Addresses an issue to set the date separator properly in the Japanese short date format. For more information, see KB4469068
  • Updates time zone information for Morocco. 
  • Updates time zone information for the Palestinian Authority. 
  • Improves performance related to case-insensitive string comparison functions such as _stricmp() in the Universal C Runtime. 
  • Addresses an issue that may cause event 7600 in the Domain Name System (DNS) server event log to contain an unreadable server name. 
  • Addresses an issue that causes applications built with the Universal CRT (UCRT) to receive the missing export message, “__C_specific_handler_noexcept”.
  • Addresses a rare issue that prevents fmod() from returning “-0” when expected.

The update is automatically downloaded and installed by Windows Update. It can also be downloaded from the  Microsoft Update Catalog. Microsoft strongly recommends that you install the latest Service Stack Update (SSU) KB4490628 before installing the latest rollup. With Windows Update, the SSU is automatically offered before the installation.

Microsoft states in the KB article that the update is causing issues with McAfee security software. The KB article contains notes and links to the AV manufacturer’s support articles. Since this is a preview rollup, I would hide it unless there are special testing requirements. 


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Updates for Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2

A preview rollup update has been released for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. The update history for Windows 8.1 can be found on this web page.

KB4499182  (Preview Monthly Rollup) Windows 8.1/Windows Server 2012 R2

Update KB4499182 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 issues:

  • Addresses an issue to set the date separator properly in the Japanese short date format. For more information, see KB4469068
  • Updates time zone information for Morocco. 
  • Updates time zone information for the Palestinian Authority. 
  • Improves performance related to case-insensitive string comparison functions such as _stricmp() in the Universal C Runtime. 
  • Addresses an issue that may cause Multipath I/O (MPIO) to become unresponsive. 
  • Addresses an issue that may cause event 7600 in the Domain Name System (DNS) server event log to contain an unreadable server name.
  • Addresses an issue that causes applications built with the Universal CRT (UCRT) to receive the missing export message, “__C_specific_handler_noexcept”.
  • Addresses a rare issue that prevents fmod() from returning “-0” when expected.

The update is automatically downloaded and installed by Windows Update. It can also be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog. I recommend that you hide the update, because Microsoft lists a number of known issues.

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