The April Patch Tuesday not only brought updates for Windows 10 but also for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Direct download for Windows 7 KB4093114 and Windows 8.1 KB4093118 is now available on Microsoft’s Update Catalog. Microsoft has also released the update over-the-air and you can install it from Control Panel.
The latest cumulative updates for both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 is focused on security and stability of the operating system. Microsoft is of course not adding any new changes to these operating systems as the company is working on Windows 10 Redstone 4. The fresh monthly rollups for Windows 7 and 8.1 comes with bug fixes and security patches.
The monthly patches are necessary to keep the computers up-to-date and secure from the vulnerabilities. Microsoft has also released security-only updates to allow the IT admins to quickly deploy the patches that will only address vulnerabilities and not the general bugs. The security-only updates are aimed at known vulnerabilities and thus it comes with no other changes.
KB4093118 Download Links for Windows 7
Windows 7 KB4093118 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit.
KB4093108 Download Links for Windows 7 (security-only)
Windows 7 KB4093108 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit.
KB4093118 Windows 7 Full Changelog
First and foremost, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 are both getting the April Patch updates.
Microsoft has removed the antivirus restriction which means that the computers regardless of the antivirus solution are eligible for the future updates. Microsoft in January had introduced a registry check to block updates on some computers with incompatible antivirus solutions that could cause issues.
Microsoft lifted the restriction in Windows 10 with the March 2018 updates but the company recently implemented the change in Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft is finally removing this restriction with the new monthly rollups for Windows 7 and 8, which means you can update your PCs to the latest version regardless of the antivirus solution.
“Windows Update and WSUS will offer this update to applicable Windows client and server operating systems regardless of the existence or value,” Microsoft explained.
With April update, Microsoft is also improving the reliability of the kernel and the company has addressed an issue that can cause apps to have unexpected memory contents on multiprocessor systems. Internet Explorer is receiving a big update, Microsoft says that they have fixed issues with ActiveX, custom controls and rendering in the browser.
Microsoft is also releasing security updates to Internet Explorer, Microsoft graphics component, Windows Server, Windows datacenter networking, Microsoft scripting engine, Windows app platform, frameworks, Windows virtualization and kernel.
The software giant is aware of two bugs in Windows 7, although the issues would not be a big deal for general customers. Microsoft says that BSOD could be experienced on computers that don’t support Streaming Single Instructions Multiple Data, and SMB servers may leak memory after installing the updates.
KB4093114 Download Links for Windows 8.1
Windows 7 KB4093114 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit.
KB4093115 Download Links for Windows 8.1 (security-only)
Windows 8.1 KB4093115 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit.
Microsoft has fixed printing issues in Internet Explorer that is generated by ActiveX. The other changes include security updates for core components such as Internet Explorer, and Microsoft is not aware of any known issues in this update for Windows 8.1.