August 2021 Patch Tuesday, what’s new for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 (ESU)

New updates available for Windows 7SP1 and its corresponding server version, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2, and the original Windows Server 2012. Here whats new

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it’s time for Patch Tuesday updates. As usual, today’s cumulative updates are heading out to all supported versions of Windows. These include Windows 10 and all older versions of Windows that are still supported. That list includes Windows 8.1 and its corresponding server version Windows Server 2012 R2, and the original Windows Server 2012. As previously Microsoft announced Windows 7 support ended on January 14, 2020, only users signup (paid) for Extended Security Updates will receive Security Updates for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2

For Windows 8.1

  1. KB5005076 – Monthly Rollup
  2. KB5005106 – Security-only Update

Devices running older Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will receive monthly Rollup KB5005076, Security-only update KB5005106 that Addresses an issue in which Smart Card Authentication (PIV) fails on non-RFC compliant printers and scanners requiring smartcard authentication.

Changes the default privilege requirement for installing drivers when using Point and Print. After installing this update, you must have administrative privileges to install drivers.

This update also contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.

The company noted a known issue with this update where, Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”.

After installing this update, the Elastic File System (EFS) API OpenEncryptedFileRaw(A/W), often used in backup software, will not work when you back up to or from a Windows Server 2008 SP2 device.

You can download the KB5005076, KB5005106 offline packages here 

Windows 7 SP1

  1. KB5005088 – Monthly Rollup
  2. KB5005089 – Security-only update

Note: On January 14, 2020, Windows 7 reached its end of support. And today Microsoft released a new post-EOS update in the form of KB5005089, which is a security-only update, and KB5005088 (monthly rollup).

Both of these updates for Windows 7 bring Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, and Windows Silicon Platform..

Changes the default privilege requirement for installing drivers when using Point and Print. After installing this update, you must have administrative privileges to install drivers.

Addresses an issue in which Smart Card Authentication (PIV) fails on non-RFC compliant printers and scanners requiring smartcard authentication.

This update also contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.

Known issue: 

After installing this update, the Elastic File System (EFS) API OpenEncryptedFileRaw(A/W), often used in backup software, will not work when you back up to or from a Windows Server 2008 SP2 device.

Certain operations, such as rename, that you perform on files or folders that are on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) may fail with the error, “STATUS_BAD_IMPERSONATION_LEVEL (0xC00000A5)”.

Note:  After installing this update and restarting your device, you might receive the error, “Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer”, and the update might show as Failed in Update History.

This is expected in the following circumstances:

  • If you are installing this update on a device that is running an edition that is not supported for ESU. For a complete list of which editions are supported, see KB4497181.
  • If you do not have an ESU MAK add-on key installed and activated.

To get past the problem, Microsoft recommends following all the prerequisites before updating and also make sure that your key is activated.

Download Windows 7 update

Also, New cumulative updates available for the latest Windows 10 version 21H1 and 20H2 read the changelog from here.

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