Get the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 August 2022 Patch Tuesday updates

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  • The latest versions of the Windows OS aren't the only ones receiving security updates.
  • Microsoft has just provided availability for brand new Windows 7 and 8.1 fixing software.
  • Remember that Windows 8.1 is about to reach end of service, so consider upgrading now.
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You must already be aware, but we have to remind everyone that Microsoft also releases security updates for some of the obsolete operating systems, during Patch Tuesday.

That means that not only Windows 10 and 11 users will receive new software. We’re also looking at Windows 7, Windows 8, and various Server versions as well.

We’ve already presented the 121 new updates that became available, along with the official download links, so all that remains is going a bit more in-depth.

Also, we’ve provided download links to the security updates that Adobe released for its suite of products during the same event.

However, now, let’s take a closer look at what Windows 7 and Windows 8 users were given to work with on the August 2022 Patch Tuesday.

What does the August 2022 Patch Tuesday bring?

The Redmond-based tech colossus has just released Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 8.1, in the form of KB5016681, and Windows 7, in the form of KB5016676.

Needless to say, they each come with a whole host of improvements and known issues with some pretty neat workarounds.

All official support for Windows 8.1 will end in January, so Microsoft keeps urging users to upgrade to a later edition of the Windows OS.

And, the Patch Tuesday update for Windows 7 requires you to have purchased the Extended Security Update (ESU) support.

Windows 7

KB5016676

  • Addresses an issue in which Speech and Network troubleshooters will not start.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause the Local Security Authority Server Service (LSASS) to leak tokens. This issue affects devices that have installed Windows updates dated June 14, 2022 or later. This issue occurs when the device performs a specific form of service for user (S4U) in a non-Trusted Computing Base (TCB) Windows service that runs as Network Service.
  • Enforces a hardening change that requires printers and scanners that use smart cards for authentication to have firmware that complies with section 3.2.1 of RFC 4556. If they do not comply, Active Directory domain controllers will not authenticate them. Mitigations that allowed non-compliant devices to authenticate will not exist after August 9, 2022. For more information about this change, see KB5005408.

Known issues

  • After installing this update and restarting your device, you might receive the error, “Failure to configure Windows updates. Reverting Changes. Do not turn off your computer”, and the update might show as Failed in Update History.

[DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK]

Windows 8.1

KB5016681

  • Addresses an issue in which Speech and Network troubleshooters will not start.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause the Local Security Authority Server Service (LSASS) to leak tokens. This issue affects devices that have installed Windows updates dated June 14, 2022 or later. This issue occurs when the device performs a specific form of service for user (S4U) in a non-Trusted Computing Base (TCB) Windows service that runs as Network Service.
  • Enforces a hardening change that requires printers and scanners that use smart cards for authentication to have firmware that complies with section 3.2.1 of RFC 4556. If they do not comply, Active Directory domain controllers will not authenticate them. Mitigations that allowed non-compliant devices to authenticate will not exist after August 9, 2022. For more information about this change, see KB5005408.

Known issues

  • There are currently no known issues reported by Microsoft.

[DIRECT DOWNLOAD LINK]

If you are still using Windows 8.1 as an operating system, remember what we said not very long ago about the impending change.

To be more specific, Microsoft said that it was going to pester users with notifications until they upgrade to a supported version of the OS.

Have you encountered any issues after downloading and installing these new security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1?

Share your experience with us in the dedicated comments section located below.

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