Windows 10 October 2020 Patch Tuesday updates: What’s changed

Windows 10 cumulative updates

The second Tuesday of each month is reserved for Microsoft
Patch Tuesday when the company publishes security-related fixes
for all supported versions of Windows 10, Windows 7, and
Windows 8.1.

Earlier today, Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10
October Patch Tuesday updates for version 2004, version 1909,
version 1903, and even 1809.

Windows 10 October cumulative update (not to be confused with
the feature update) is focused on bug fixes and improvements.

These security updates are released on the second Tuesday of
every month to avoid unpredictable schedule for administrators
and users. If you’re on May 2020 Update (version 2004), there’s
a new patch with Build 19041.572 and it fixes issues with
network adapter and Linux integration.

Likewise, other supported versions of Windows 10 are also
receiving updates.

Windows 10 October 2020 Patch Tuesday cumulative updates:

  1. KB4580346 (Build 14393.3986) for version 1607.
  2. KB4580370 (Build 15063.2525) for version 1703.
  3. KB4580328 (Build 16299.2166) for version 1709.
  4. KB4580330 (Build 17134.1792) for version 1803.
  5. KB4577668 (Build 17763.1518) for version 1809.
  6. KB4577671 (Build 18362.1139 and 18363.1139) for version
    1903 or version 1909.
  7. KB4579311 (Build 19041.572) for version 2004.

As you may know already, these updates are available directly
via the Windows Update channels and Microsoft will install the
appropriate patch automatically if you’re using the default
update settings.

Windows 10 Patch Tuesday update

Note that cumulative update will install in less than 10 minute
and requires a system reboot irrespective of your hardware
specs.

October 2020 Patch Tuesday update overview

Microsoft says it has fixed 87 vulnerabilities in the operating
system. This figure also includes 21 remote code execution bugs
that could be abused to attack your devices if you don’t apply
the patch.

This month’s update finally fixes “Ping of Death” vulnerability
that could be exploited to take down computers with Blue Screen
of Death error.

The vulnerability is a result of a flaw in Windows 10’s core
network components (TCP/IP driver) and it’s finally getting
fixed in the latest patch.

Build 19041.572 for Windows 10 version 2004

October 2020 Patch Tuesday for Windows 10 version 2004 is
mainly focused on fixing multiple security bugs, but it also
includes fixes for long-standing bugs.

After applying today’s update, Microsoft says it will increase
Windows 10 version 2004 to
Build 19041.572 (KB4579311).

October 2020 Patch for version 2004

As you may recall that network adapters for Wndows 10 have been
suffering at the hands of an internet connectivity bug which
prevents system from detecting status of the Wi-Fi connection
on some devices.

This germlin was seemingly introduced by Windows 10 May 2020
Update, but it was also discovered in older versions of Windows
after more users installed June and July Patch Tuesday
releases.

Microsoft has also fixed an issue that broke Linux support and
prevented it from accessing the Microsoft Store distros.

May 2020 Update (version 2004) status as of October 2020

Most of the critical issues, which were reported in Windows 10
May 2020 Update, are now fixed in recent monthly patches.

The tech giant has fixed driver issues with Realtek, Intel, and
Nvidia. In addition, Microsoft has resolved issues when
connecting more than two Bluetooth devices at the same.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is still aware of multiple known
issues in this release. For instance, a bug that causes

ESENT 642 error is still not resolved. Likewise, issues
with Conexant audio drivers also remain unresolved.

Build 18362.1139 and Build 18363.1139 for version 1903 or
version 1909

As we mentioned at the outset, there’s a patch for every
supported versions of Windows 10 and this includes version 1909
or 1903 too.

The
update (Build 18363.1139) comes with all fixes highlighted
above, but it also fixes issues an issue that crashes File
Explorer when you use Ribbon shell feature under specific
circumstances.

Another bug has been fixed where users might receive “No
features to install” error when they try to install optional
features.

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