Microsoft releases “convenience” update for Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2

Microsoft has released a “convenience” update for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for most updates until April 2016. Aside from SP1, the servicing stack from April 2015 KB3020369 is required. 23 updates are not included. For further information see KB3125574.

The files are available only from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

This is the fourth version of the update. The update will probably further be updated with further updates added to it over time.

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Windows 7 enters extended support

This past Patch Tuesday [January 13th] saw Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 go into extended support. Of not is that there was no non-security updates released for them.

Note that there may still be the occasional non-security update.

Computer tip: Disk cleanup in Windows Server 2008 & Server 2008 R2

By default Disk Cleanup [and the option in a drive’s general properties] is missing in Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2. This is “by design’ as it is part of the “Desktop Experience” feature. You can, however, make it available [but still not available in the drive’s general properties] by copying the files needed.

The 2 files needed [cleanmgr.exe and cleanmgr.exe.mui] are located at:

Operating System File Location
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_b9f50b71510436f2\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 64-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_c962d1e515e94269\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 32-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_en-us_5dd66fed98a6c5bc\cleanmgr.exe.mui
Windows Server 2008 32-bit C:\Windows\winsxs\x86_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.0.6001.18000_none_6d4436615d8bd133\cleanmgr.exe

Once you’ve located the files move them to the following locations:

  • Cleanmgr.exe should go in %systemroot%\System32.
  • Cleanmgr.exe.mui should go in %systemroot%\System32\en-US.

 

Important Windows and Office dates

Here are a few dates you have to think about on the Windows platform:

  • Windows Vista is already in extended support – which will end in April 2017. Service pack 2 required.
  • Windows 7 mainstream support ends in January 2015. Service pack 1 required.
  • Windows 7 extended support ends in January 2020.
  • Windows 8.1 must be installed by November 2015. After that, there will be no Windows 8 updates.
  • Windows 8.1 Update [a.k.a. Update 1] must be installed by June 2014. After that date, there will be no more updates unless you have this Update installed. So technically by June 2014 you need both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update to continue to get updates.
  • Windows 8.x mainstream support ends in January 2018.
  • Windows 8.x extended support ends in January 2023.
  • Windows Server 2003 is already in extended support – which will end in July 2015.
  • Windows Server 2008 mainstream support ends in January 2015.
  • Windows Server 2008 extended support ends in January 2020.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 mainstream support ends in January 2015. Service pack 1 required.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 extended support ends in January 2020.
  • Windows Server 2012 mainstream support ends in January 2018.
  • Windows Server 2012 extended support ends in January 2023.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 mainstream support ends in January 2018.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 extended support ends in January 2023.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update [a.k.a. Update 1] must be installed by July 2014. After that date, there will be no more updates unless you have this Update installed.

Here are a few dates you have to think about for Office:

  • Office 2007 is already in extended support – which will end in October 2017. Service pack 3 required.
  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 1 support ends in October 2014.
  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 2 mainstream support ends in October 2015.
  • Office 2010 with Service Pack 2 extended support ends in October 2020.
  • Office 2013 RTM support ends in April 2015.
  • Office 2013 with Service Pack 1 mainstream support ends in April 2018.
  • Office 2013 with Service Pack 1 extended support ends in April 2023.

Notes:

  • These end of support falls on the second Tuesday of the month mentioned.
  • Dates are subject to change. For the latest dates go here [if you can figure things out there!].
  • Changes will occur on the end dates if a service pack or major update is released.
  • Expect possibly a further major update in the fall for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Microsoft release non-security roll up for Windows 7 [and Server 2008 R2] with service pack 1

As a slight bit of “relief” to those who have to deploy Windows 7 [and Server 2008 R2] with service pack 1, Microsoft released on Monday a “roll up” that features 90 system related hot fixes into one package.

Yes. It is not a service pack, but I guess anything helps!

This is more of an “enterprise” update as it has hot fixes included that are related to Windows 7 [and Server 2008 R2] on a domain such as group policy, folder redirection, WebDAV and SMB client. It can, however, be installed on all Windows 7 [and Server 2008 R2] SKUs. [Probably can’t hurt.]

You can find the complete list of hot fixes at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775511 as well a few things you should know.

The roll up is available from the Windows Update Catalog [ http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx ] and do a search for KB2775511.

At this time, do not expect a service pack 2 for Windows 7 [and Server 2008 R2]. Now if only they could do a roll up for security updates.

Note: You should still check the KB for important information regarding this roll up.

Computer Tip: Administer older servers from Windows Server 2012

Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 can manage not only Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 servers, but also servers running Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as well.

To do this, on the servers to manage:

  • Install .net Framework 4.0.
  • Install Windows Management Framework 3.0.
  • Install the hot fix at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2682011.
  • Run the PowerShell command prompt as a local Administrator by right-clicking on the PowerShell icon and selecting “Run as Administrator”.
  • Execute the following PowerShell commands to enable remote management via WMF 3.0 and the Server Manager CIM Provider:
      Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned Configure-SMRemoting.ps1 -force -enable

Note: Sorry. No Windows Server 2003 administration available.