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Windows 7: Windows Update KB974431


18 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64
 
 
Windows Update KB974431

Just installed an update from Windows Update and noticed that my Custom Start Button reverted to default so I knew straight away that there must have been a new explorer that replaced my old one and sure enough there was, this is the old version info.

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And this is the new version.

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Also note that the version info changed from being RTM to GDR

I also had a look on Microsoft's Help and Support site to see what other things may have been changed with this update and what it was for and this is what I found.

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Update information

This update improves the stability and reliability of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2.

To install the correct version of this update, you must know whether you are running the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2. If you are not sure which version of the Windows operating system you are running, or whether it is a 32-bit version or 64-bit version, see the "How to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit edition of Windows" section.

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Windows 7, 32-bit versions

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Download the Update for Windows 7 (KB974431) package now. (Download details: Update for Windows 7 (KB974431))
Windows 7, 64-bit versions

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Download the Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB974431) package now. (Download details: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB974431))
Windows Server 2008 R2, 64 bit versions

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Download the Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (KB974431) package now. (Download details: Update for Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Edition (KB974431))

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 119591 (How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services ) How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. Back to the top
How to determine whether you are running a 32-bit or a 64-bit edition of Windows

To determine which version of Windows you are running, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. A window appears where you can view basic information about your computer. In the System type information under the System section, you can see whether a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7 or of Windows Server 2008 R2 is listed.
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Information for advanced users and IT professionals

An update is available to resolve issues that affect some computers that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. These issues are reported by customers who use the Error Reporting service or Microsoft Customer Support Services.

This update improves the stability and reliability of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2 in various scenarios. This update resolves the following issues:
  • When you view a PDF file that was created by using a 2007 Microsoft Office system document, the PDF file is displayed on the screen correctly. However, when the document is printed, some characters are missing. This problem occurs in fonts such as Calibri, Cambria, Courier New or Gabriola, in which characters such as "fi", "ti", "fl", and other combinations are frequently presented as ligatures.
  • In certain scenarios, an Emergency Alert System (EAS) message does not automatically tune to the appropriate channel in Windows Media Center.
  • You connect a secondary monitor to a computer that is running Windows 7. When the computer resumes from hibernation, a black screen is displayed.
  • In certain scenarios, the Windows 7 Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) diagnostic information settings are configured incorrectly for Windows Explorer. Only those users who are enrolled in the Windows 7 CEIP will be affected by this part of the update. This update limits the diagnostic information that can be collected by the CEIP.
  • You put an x86-based computer that does not have Physical Address Extension (PAE) enabled into hibernation. However, it does not enter hibernation correctly. When you try to resume the computer from hibernation, a black screen is displayed. This issue does not affect x64-based or Itanium-based computers, or computers that have the Data Execution Prevention (DEP) feature enabled.
  • A problem in Windows 7 affects the playback of certain media files in Windows Media Player, when Windows Media Player is started from Internet Explorer. Only those users whose media associations were changed incorrectly will be affected by this part of the update.
  • On a computer that is running Windows 7, you use Windows Internet Explorer to open the certificate enrollment Web page and to install an end entity certificate. However, the installation fails. This issue occurs if the certificate chain for the new certificate cannot be built, or if the root certification authority (CA) has not first been installed in the Trusted Roots on the computer.
Seems this was a big update as far addressing some of the problems people have encountered with Hibernation, I was hopeing with this update they might have also included a fix for another big issue that people are having with Auto Arrange in Explorer Windows but no luck with that one yet, I'm sure there will be allot of happy people when and if this does occur as I have read a few comments from people now who will refuse to purchase Windows 7 without it and I'm sure they are not alone.



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18 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Pro RTM
 
 

Interesting. I installed KB974431 on Friday via Windows Update, and mine is still showing as 16385 RTM, whereas yours updated to 16404 GDR.
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18 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Mine shows 16404 too.

Process Hacker shows it a 16385
Process Explorer shows it as 16404
Autoruns shows it as 16404
AnVir Task Manager shows it as 16385

not sure why the two other apps still show it as 16385, but original file location is now 16404.
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18 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 SP1 X64
 
 

Thanks.
I well try it
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18 Oct 2009   #5

Win7
 
 

Thanks for the share. Much appreciated.

I downloaded and attempted to install and a message popup stating that it's already been installed. When I look at the version, nothing has changed.

7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255

Thanks again.
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18 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP
 
 

Nice share Mr Grim

how did you get the image ?
and what does it mean by win7_gdr in the File version ?
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18 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

gdr means General Distribution Release as opposed to Release to Manufacturing.
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18 Oct 2009   #8

XP, Seven, 2008R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ekopaxus View Post
I downloaded and attempted to install and a message popup stating that it's already been installed. When I look at the version, nothing has changed.

7600.16385.amd64fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255

I got it from Windows update. File version 16404

but the build string (for Windows itself) is still 16385...win7_rtm, so I don't think that is supposed to change.
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18 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crypto View Post
Nice share Mr Grim

how did you get the image ?
and what does it mean by win7_gdr in the File version ?

One of the recent advancements in delivering updates to all Microsoftís customers is the advent of creating separate development environments in which updates are created from. So what does this really mean and how does it apply to my computers? Microsoft updates now offer packages for general distribution release as well as QFE (Quick Fix Engineering) also known as hotfixes, for specific issues. When you download a Windows Update you are downloading one of the following:
  • Security updates
  • Feature packs
  • Update roll-ups
  • Drivers
  • Critical updates
These are GDR (General Distribution Release) updates. GDR updates can be found on Windows Update site so as to be available to a wider audience. Another key item is GDRs are tested to a greater degree than LDRs (Limited Distribution Release). LDR, also known as hotfixes or QFEs, are created when a hardware, BIOS or a software issue is identified that needs a fix in a specific and small subset of customer environments. These fixes have not been tested for the same length of time for regressions or incompatibilities as what a GDR fix typically goes through. Another key point is LDRs generally contain all the prior fixes from both GDR and LDR while GDR releases do not contain LDR fixes.
We have all heard the adage; if it isnít broken, then don't fix it. Well if you are connected to a network, sharing files, folders or any other activities that could expose your computer to viruses, trojan programs, and other conditions where your machine is vulnerable, or attaching the latest and greatest consumer device to your computer, installing the critical updates is something you should consider. That is why Windows Operating Systems offer the ability for users and administrators to set automatic updates to Microsoft Download Center. This has been designed to assist users in finding out what the latest GDR files for your version of Windows are. Many times, I hear and see requests for hotfixes. The first question will be, are you experiencing this problem, do you have that particular hardware or BIOS version or use that software mentioned in this hotfix. This is where the adage; if it isnít broken, then don't fix it comes in. As mentioned above, LDRs are not tested to same levels as GDRs, so if you are not experiencing the problem then itís best to stay with GDR updates you get from the Microsoft Download Center. If you need the LDR version then they are available from Microsoft Support, just donít be surprised if they ask, are you seeing this problem?
If you are considering a choice between LDR or GDR updates, you may want to review the following article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824994. GDR branch fixes are available from the Microsoft Download Center and LDR branch fixes are available directly from Microsoft Support. Remember a hotfix is to fix a specific issue quickly while Microsoft Update GDRs are created to improve everyone's experience.
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18 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
gdr means General Distribution Release as opposed to Release to Manufacturing.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zardoc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crypto View Post
Nice share Mr Grim

how did you get the image ?
and what does it mean by win7_gdr in the File version ?


One of the recent advancements in delivering updates to all Microsoftís customers is the advent of creating separate development environments in which updates are created from. So what does this really mean and ..............................
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TYVM Guys, nice explanation.
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