If you’re still running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then it’s time to head to Microsoft's Update Catalog website to download new cumulative updates. The software maker quietly pushed out these updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 devices to address some persistent issues.

These two updates, called KB4345459 and KB4345424, are not available via Windows Update and can only be installed via a manual download of the package from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

If you are using Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, you should download KB4345459, while Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 can download KB4345424.

Interestingly, the changes included in these patchs for Windows 7 and 8.1 are nearly identical with one of Windows 10 July 2018 cumulative updates published earlier this week. These cumulative updates for both operating systems resolve the same issues, which are listed below.

  • Addressed issue in which some devices may experience stop error 0xD1 when you run network monitoring workloads.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the restart of the SQL Server service to fail with the error, “Tcp port is already in use”.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs when an administrator tries to stop the World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3SVC). The W3SVC remains in a “stopping” state, but cannot fully stop or it cannot be restarted.

There are no reported issues with either of these updates, so you shouldn’t hit any problems when deploying them on your computer.

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