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Windows 7: March 13, 2018 - KB4088878 (Security-only update) Windows 7

13 Mar 2018   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
March 13, 2018 - KB4088878 (Security-only update) Windows 7

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March 13, 2018 - KB4088878 (Security-only update)

Applies to: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1


Improvements and fixes

This security update includes quality improvements. No new operating system features are being introduced in this update. Key changes include:
  • Provides cumulative Spectre and Meltdown protections for 32-Bit (x86) and 64-Bit (x64) versions of Windows except the KB4078130 update that was offered to disable mitigation against Spectre Variant 2.
  • Security updates to the Microsoft Graphics component, Windows Kernel, Windows Shell, Windows MSXML, Windows Installer, and Windows Hyper-V.
For more information about the resolved security vulnerabilities, see the Security Update Guide.

Prerequisites

Important Please apply KB4099950 before installing this update.

Notes

Important Please apply KB4100480 immediately after applying this update. KB4100480 resolves an elevation of privilege vulnerability in the Windows Kernel for the 64-Bit (x64) version of Windows. This vulnerability is documented in CVE-2018-1038.

Known issues in this update

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How to get this update

This update is now available for installation through WSUS. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

File information

For a list of the files that are provided in this update, download the file information for update 4088878.


Source: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4088878


Direct download links for KB4088878 MSU file from Microsoft Update Catalog:

Download KB4088878 MSU for Windows 7 32-bit (x86) - 17.9 MB

Download KB4088878 MSU for Windows 7 64-bit (x64) - 29.7 MB




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14 Mar 2018   #2
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Brink. :)
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14 Mar 2018   #3
ranett

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Much appreciated.:)
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15 Mar 2018   #4
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hello Brink,

These quotes are from the March cumulative update thread but I should have asked my question in this thread, sorry about that.

Just as a clarification please!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
I don't install the Cumulative "Monthly rollups" so what should I do about the January 2018 and February 2018 Security-only-updates, should I install them BOTH AND the March 2018 Security-only-update, or JUST the March 2018 Security-only-update please?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You could try just the March update. If no issues, then no need to worry about the others.
Thinking about this on two levels:

(1) If the January 2018 and February 2018 Security-only-updates were NOT installed, would it now be SAFE to install them along with the March 2018 Security-only-update because the March 2018 Security-only-update includes the fix for the whole Spectre/Meltdown issue?

(2) On a clean install (obviously after KB3020369, KB3125574, KB3172605 & KB3179573 have been installed), would I be correct in saying that ALL the Security-only-updates from October 2016 to March 2018 can now be installed, again, because the March 2018 Security-only-update includes the fix for the whole Spectre/Meltdown issue?

The above is ONLY related to Security-only-updates.

Thanks in advance.
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15 Mar 2018   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Paul, :)

Q1) It would be fine to install the Jan. and Feb. security-only updates first, then the Mar. security-only update afterwards.

Q2) With a clean install, it would probably be best and easier to install the cumulative updates instead of from 2016 forward.
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15 Mar 2018   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Brilliant, thanks Brink,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
...easier to install the cumulative updates...
I assume you mean to JUST install the March 2018 cumulative update after KB3020369, KB3125574, KB3172605 & KB3179573 have been installed?

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15 Mar 2018   #7
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

There will be a lot more to install than that from 2016. I would recommend to install all Windows Updates selected by default, restart when prompted, and repeat until all updates have been installed.

Afterwards, create a system image with say Macrium Reflect. This way you could use this image backup as a starting point to restore next time instead of a full clean install.
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15 Mar 2018   #8
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Thanks for the reply Brink, it is appreciated.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
There will be a lot more to install than that from 2016.
I realise that, but it is just a quick initial way of getting over the many checks for updates needed, the time needed to download the many updates, the time it takes to install the many updates and the many many restarts needed.
I have KB3020369, KB3125574, KB3172605 & KB3179573 and all the security-only updates (.msu) already downloaded and ready to go (I will probably integrate the updates offline using DISM and create a new ISO using oscdimg anyway).
This will substantially reduce the time needed for completion.
Then after the clean install when I check for updates the list won't be 200+ updates and many hours of work ahead and I can decide what I want to install.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Afterwards, create a system image with say Macrium Reflect. This way you could use this image backup as a starting point to restore next time instead of a full clean install.
Most definately, I use Aomei which is brilliant.

Out of interest Brink, do you know if Microsoft are going to release anything like a Final Service Pack for those of us that are going to stick with Windows 7. This would undoubtably make clean installs a lot easier and far less tedious?

Thanks again.
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15 Mar 2018   #9
BlueGuy

W7 Ultimate 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post

Out of interest Brink, do you know if Microsoft are going to release anything like a Final Service Pack for those of us that are going to stick with Windows 7. This would undoubtably make clean installs a lot easier and far less tedious?

Thanks again.
THAT would be great, especially if it was available on optical {DVD}, at least as a mail-order option.
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15 Mar 2018   #10
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Paul Black View Post
Out of interest Brink, do you know if Microsoft are going to release anything like a Final Service Pack for those of us that are going to stick with Windows 7. This would undoubtably make clean installs a lot easier and far less tedious?

Thanks again.
Never going to happen unfortunately. MS isn't interested in sending out Service Packs for what they consider older software, they'd prefer everyone upgrade to Windows 10.
The closest we got to an SP2 was the Convenience Update in 2016, but I didn't install it as it seemed to cause a few issues. Plus, it's outdated now anyway, and included a few updates which some consider unnecessary.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/...server-2008-r2
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