It has been a busy Tuesday at Microsoft, what with the several new updates and patches it released during the day. That included KB4457129 and KB4457143 both of which applies to Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
As has been specified in the Microsoft support pages, update KB4457143 is a security only update. That means the update is meant to introduce quality improvements to a host of Windows 8.1 applications and services though there are no new features that the update brings along.
Windows 8.1 Patch Tuesday: What’s new in KB4457129 and KB4457143?
The security update applies to Windows media, Windows Shell, Windows Hyper-V, Windows datacenter networking, Windows kernel, Windows virtualization and kernel, Microsoft JET Database Engine, Windows MSXML, and Windows Server.
Microsoft has also stated that the update can be downloaded and installed via WSUS. However, as usual, the standalone package of the update can also be sourced from the Microsoft Update Catalog site.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has described update KB4457129 as a monthly rollup, which means the update comes with improvements and fixes that apply to another update – KB4343891 – which was rolled out on Aug. 30, 2018. The present update addresses issues related to Windows media, Windows Shell, Windows Hyper-V, Windows datacenter networking, Windows kernel, Windows virtualization and kernel, Microsoft JET Database Engine, Windows MSXML, and Windows Server.
The above update is programmed to download and install automatically via Windows Update. However, for those who have disabled automatic download of the update or are looking for the standalone package for this update can always get it from the Microsoft Update Catalog site.
Also, the support page for both the updates has stated there are no issues known so far. Nonetheless, both the updates are recommended considering the fixes and enhancements that the update brings along, which in turn also acts as a fix for issues that an earlier update had inadvertently introduced.