Windows 10 March Patch Tuesday [DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINKS]

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The third round of major updates for the year 2020 are here, and they are called the March Patch Tuesday updates. As it is common with all Patch Tuesday updates, they target all major versions of Windows 10.

Additionally, this marks the first real round of Patch Tuesday Updates where Windows 7 no longer receives any more updates, as all major fixes have been fixed in prior updates and patches.

Cumulative updates included in March Patch Tuesday Updates


Windows 10, version 1909

Windows 10 version 1909 and versions 1903  share a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. As a result, all major changes that apply to one version will be present in the other.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes 

  • Addresses an issue that prevents certain users from upgrading the OS because of corrupted third-party assemblies.
  • Security updates to Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Peripherals, Windows Update Stack, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • When using Windows Server containers with the March 10, 2020 updates, you might encounter issues with 32-bit applications and processes.

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Windows 10, version 1903

Windows 10 version 1909 and versions 1903  share a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. As a result, all major changes that apply to one version will be present in the other.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Same as Windows 10, version 1909

Known Issues

  • Same as Windows 10, version 1909

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Windows 10, version 1809

Windows 10, version 1809 gets an update as well, bumping the build number to 17763.1098. One of the highlights of this build are some security improvements towards security when using Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Update Stack, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • After installing KB4493509, devices with some Asian language packs installed may receive the error, “0x800f0982 – PSFX_E_MATCHING_COMPONENT_NOT_FOUND.”
  • When using Windows Server containers with the March 10, 2020 updates, you might encounter issues with 32-bit applications and processes.

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Windows 10, version 1803

Windows 10 version 1803 is also getting an update that takes the build to OS Build 17134.1365. Among the many new improvements, one thing worth mentioning is the update to improve security when using external devices (such as game controllers, printers, and web cameras).

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Graphics, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Update Stack, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • There are no known issues

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Windows 10, version 1709

Windows 10, version 1709, reached the end of service on April 9, 2019, for devices running Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro for Workstation, and IoT Core editions. As such, these devices will longer receive monthly security and quality updates.

If you desire to keep working efficiently and safely, Microsoft recommends that you update to the latest version of Windows 10.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Addresses an issue that might prevent icons and cursors from appearing as expected.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Update Stack, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • There are no known issues

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Windows 10, version 1703

Windows 10, version 1703 has reached end of service for all editions. If you want to continue receiving security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends updating to the latest version of Windows 10.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Addresses an issue that might cause Microsoft browsers to bypass proxy servers.
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent icons and cursors from appearing as expected.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents machines that have Credential Guard enabled from joining a domain. The error message is “The server’s clock is not synchronized with the primary domain controller’s clock.”
  • Addresses an issue with evaluating the compatibility status of the Windows ecosystem to help ensure application and device compatibility for all updates to Windows.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Update Stack, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • There are no known issues

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Windows 10, version 1607

Windows 10, version 1607, reached the end of service on April 10, 2019, for devices running Windows 10 Home, Pro, Pro for Workstation, and IoT Core editions. This means that the devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Addresses an issue that might prevent icons and cursors from appearing as expected.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, Windows Update Stack, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • After installing KB4467684, the cluster service may fail to start with the error “2245 (NERR_PasswordTooShort)” if the group policy “Minimum Password Length” is configured with greater than 14 characters.
  • When using Windows Server containers with the March 10, 2020 updates, you might encounter issues with 32-bit applications and processes.

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Windows 10, version 1507

This update stands out compared to those of other builds, since they include the most fixes, albeit they are rather minor.

These include changes Updates an issue that might prevent icons and cursors from appearing as expected, updates to improve security when using Microsoft Office products, and more.

Cumulative update name:

Improvements and fixes

  • Addresses an issue that might cause Microsoft browsers to bypass proxy servers.
  • Addresses an issue that might prevent icons and cursors from appearing as expected.
  • Security updates to the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, and Windows Server.

Known Issues

  • There are no known issues

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Patch Tuesday list of CVEs

If you want to learn more about this month’s list of common vulnerabilities and exposures, you can check out the list below. Keep in mind that this is not the full list. If you want to know about this month’s 115 CVEs, you can check out this article.

How do I get the latest updates?

The most common and secure method of installing the updates is via Windows 10‘s Windows Update feature. The latest updates should appear as available there as soon as they are released.

However, if you are only interested in a specific update, then all you need to do is visit the Windows Update Catalog, and enter the specific KB number. The download should start immediately, and you can then manually install the updates that you desire.

Other viable sources for updates include:

  • Microsoft Update
  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Note: Don’t forget to always have a backup of all of your data before performing a big set of updates like the ones on Patch Tuesday.

Editor’s Note: If you want to know everything there is to know on Patch Tuesday, check out this in-depth guide.