Windows 7’s KB4530734 generates endless reboot loops

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December 2019 is the last full month Microsoft will support Windows 7 for. The big M will pull the plug on Windows 7 update support on 14 January, 2020. Microsoft recently rolled out a December 10 update for Windows 7, which will be among the last patch updates for that platform (for users without Extended Security Update). However, some users have reported a few issues with that patch update.

Microsoft rolled out KB4530734 as a Patch Tuesday update for Windows 7. This is a security update for Windows Input Composition, Windows Peripherals, Windows Server, Windows Virtualization, and the scripting engine. That update also brings further end of support notifications for users who still need reminding about January 14.

Users have now posted on the Microsoft forum about a reboot loop that arises when they apply the KB4530734 update. Windows 7 keeps on restarting when those users try to install KB4530734. One user stated:

I applied the December Windows Update patches. My computer went into a reboot loop at the end of the installation, so I reverted back to the previous restore point. Upon investigation, all patches had applied except KP4530734 (December Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Win 7)… I then tried reinstalling that one and again it went into a reboot loop, restarting about every six minutes.

It is not uncommon, however, for Windows 7 Patch Tuesday updates to generate issues. A 2018 KB4093118 update for Windows 7 had a similar reboot effect. Thus, there is a certain amount of déjà vu about the KB4530734 update’s reboot loop.

Some users have also said that recent December updates generate system freezes. Again, it is certainly not the first time users have posted on forums about Windows 7 patch update crashes. So, Windows 7 Patch Tuesday updates have a history of generating issues even though they fix things.

At any rate, Windows 7 users will stop getting patch updates soon. Then the new notification will state:

As of January 14, 2020, help for Home Windows 7 has come to a finish. Your PC is extra weak to viruses and malware as a consequence of:

No safety updates
No software program updates
No tech help

Users who prefer not to upgrade from Windows 7 to 10 can get the Extended Security Update package. Alternatively, you can install a supported third-party antivirus utility to ensure your Windows 7 PC includes updated antivirus software. That might be sufficient enough for a lot of users to stick with Windows 7 until more third-party software publishers stop supporting the platform.

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