Patchday: Windows 8.1/Server 2012 Updates (June 9, 2020)

Windows Update[German]On June 9, 2020, Microsoft released various updates for Windows 8.1. These updates are also available for Windows Server 2012 R2. Here is some information about them.


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For Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 a rollup and a security-only update have been released. The update history for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 can be found on this Microsoft page.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft has limited itself to security updates since May 2020 – preview updates in the C and D week are not rolled out.

KB4561666 (Monthly Rollup) for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2

Update KB4561666 (Monthly Rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) contains improvements and fixes, and addresses the following issues.

  • Addresses an issue that prevents users from updating .msi files from a network folder.
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

This update is automatically downloaded and installed by Windows Update, but is also available in the Microsoft Update Catalog and via WSUS. In case of a manual installation, the latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU KB4562253 dated June 2020) must be installed beforehand – but this SSU cannot be uninstalled. Microsoft is not aware of any issues in connection with this update.

KB4561673 (Security-only update) for Windows 8.1/Server 2012 R2

Update KB4561673 (Security Only Quality Update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2) adresses the following items.

Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Shell, Windows Cloud Infrastructure, Windows Fundamentals, Windows File Server and Clustering, Windows Hybrid Storage Services, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

The update is available via WSUS or via Microsoft Update Catalog. Details about the update are described in the KB article. In case of a manual installation the latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU) must be installed before. In addition, the security update KB4561603 for IE should also be installed.


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