Microsoft reveals non-security updates coming next Tuesday

Microsoft reveals non-security updates coming next Tuesday

Summary: In addition to the four security updates there will be 14 non-security updates plus the new Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT).


Next Tuesday — Patch Tuesday — Microsoft will be releasing many non-security updates in addition to the four non-critical security updates they announced earlier today.

Microsoft published descriptions of these non-security updates this afternoon, earlier than usual. Some of the descriptions are vague and unhelpful, but for others there is more detail. Where the name of the update is a link, there is a page with more detail and the update may already be available for download and manual install.

  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows RT (KB2894853) — " improve protection functionality in Windows Defender"
  • Update for Windows RT (KB2903938) — "This update rollup package includes performance and reliability improvements." (Open for details on specific updates.)
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2904440) — " resolve issues in Windows."
  • Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB2911101) — " resolve issues in Windows."
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2911106) — " resolve issues in Windows."
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2913270) — " resolve issues in Windows."
  • Update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 (KB2913431) — " resolve issues in Windows."
  • Dynamic Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2914220) — "Updates under Windows 8.1 Dynamic Update Category are used by Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to obtain critical driver, component and setup improvements during initial setup."
  • Update for Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 (KB2917499) — " resolve issues in Windows."
  • Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 (KB2917993) — 
      Consider the following scenario:
    • You have a Windows 8.1-based device that has update 2883200 installed.
    • You rotate the device to change the screen orientation to portrait orientation.
    • You put the device horizontally.
    • You restart the device.
    • The screen rotates to landscape orientation when you log on to Windows.
    • In this scenario, the screen of the device turns black.
  • Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - January 2014 (KB890830)/Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool - January 2014 (KB890830) - Internet Explorer Version — "After the download, this tool runs one time to check your computer for infection by specific, prevalent malicious software (including Blaster, Sasser, and Mydoom) and helps remove any infection that is found. If an infection is found, the tool will display a status report the next time that you start your computer. A new version of the tool will be offered every month. If you want to manually run the tool on your computer, you can download a copy from the Microsoft Download Center, or you can run an online version from This tool is not a replacement for an antivirus product. To help protect your computer, you should use an antivirus product."

These last four are listed as "changes to existing non-security content." The binaries have not changed, but metadata has.

Topics: Security, Microsoft, Windows

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  • Updates

    How about an update to Windows 8.1 to bury the abhorrent and repugnant/ridiculous UI that MS foisted upon its customers, along with another one that gets rid of the known back doors. That'll be a start. Microsoft has billions of dollars, and the company is being run by complete idiots.
    • Ingorant and disrespectful.

      Your clueless bro.
      Sean Foley
      • RE:

        I'm clueless, but you can't spell: "you're"?
        • The smartest man in the world made a typo.

          Following your logic, he must be mentally retarded, right?

          News Flash: Not everyone has a perfect grasp of the English writing arts.

          What if English isn't even his first language?
          • First language

            Actually, the "your - you're" mistake is one often made by people who learn to speak before they learn to write in a specific language. Meaning native speakers are at a disadvantage.

            That said, I'd love for the OP to explain which known backdoors he's referring to.
    • What known backdoors?

      I don't know of any
      • RE:

        Right in the all store, there's a backdoor to where MS can remove anything of the machine. There are articles about Windows having backdoors and terrible security holes for years. The MS shills are going to come out and defend their favorite OS, but there's no denying what's true and what isn't. Windows is a dying platform, that's already began its slow and long decline.
        • *app

          • RE: Lapites

            "Right in the all store" in what language is that spoken??Grammer Nazi.
        • OMG we should all be scared

          because some nameless guy on the interweb tells us Microsoft has backdoors and is going out of business soon. He even tells us there are articles about it somewhere.

          Fear it!
          • RE:

            There articles about it; google it. No point in debating a complete Windows shill-troll that obviously is unemployed and has no life.
          • "there articles about it; google it"

            LoL. My English is so bad, but you commented up above in the thread and you forgot to add "are" after there. I'm just pointing to that. Now please crawl back to your cave and throw mud.
            Ram U
        • That's a feature, not a bug

          Of course Microsoft can remove apps. So can Apple and Google from their stores. Hint: They have to be able to do this in order to upgrade versions.
          • RE:

            It's not a feature, it's a backdoor. They can call it whatever they want, and you can believe the lies you are spoon fed, just like when Chris Christie said that he had no role in closing that bridge down. You just believe whatever you are told, and that is really sad.
          • applies to any OS that allows application auto-update this is FUD

            And just because someone says there is a backdoor doesn't mean there is one. There is a lot of misinformation about MS as there is for Apple and Linux.

            Note ALL major OSes have been broken into and hacked.
          • Know what's even sadder, Lapithes?

            That if you don't like the truth, you just go ahead and make up your own "facts" to believe, and that is really much more sad.

            You're upset because we don't believe the lies you are trying to spoon feed us.
    • wow!

      no one here had any idea of the state of Microsoft problems. thanks for letting people know.

      hey! see if you get yourself added to the list of potential Microsoft CEOs.
      if hired, you can then fix all that you see wrong.
    • Makes me smile when someone says "complete idiots" regarding a company

      that has recorded billions in revenue, has billions of cash, a large patent portfolio, and has some amazing success stories over the years.

      I wonder how much this poster is worth, or how many patents he has or where he graduated from?

      It sound like the beer gut arm chair quarterback talking about a stupid play by Eli Manning when he himself couldn't make the highschool team.
    • I didn't know you were so well connected in the software community Lapithes

      Seeing that no ones found these "known" back doors that you apparently know all about, I'm guessing you must be someone really high up and well connected in the software community to be able to make such a claim.

      And yet with all that power and money you must have, I'm surprised you have the time to come here and troll. I figured you'd be out in one of your Lamborghini's or luxury yachts.
  • I love how completely uncontroversial ZDNet articles

    informational in their content only, and about very run of the mill mundane things, get a billion comments. :)