May 2020 Patch Tuesday Updates Are Here

Patch Tuesday

Today is second Tuesday of the month, and that only means one thing. Tons of updates are flying off servers for a number of different versions of Windows.

Including new cumulative updates for Windows 10 devices.

As part of the May 2020 Patch Tuesday cycle, Redmond is now rolling out cumulative updates for Windows 10 version 1903 and 1909. The two get the same update, which is KB556799, seeing as they share most of the code, and the changelog is the same for both versions of the OS.

According to Microsoft:

“Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909 share a common core operating system and an identical set of system files. As a result, the new features in Windows 10, version 1909 were included in the recent monthly quality update for Windows 10, version 1903 (released October 8, 2019), but are currently in a dormant state. These new features will remain dormant until they are turned on using an enablement package, which is a small, quick-to-install “master switch” that simply activates the Windows 10, version 1909 features.”

You can manually download this update here.

In terms of improvements, this release improves security when using browsers like Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge, as well as when using input devices like mouse, keyboard, or stylus. There are also updates for storing and managing files, as well as improvement when using Microsoft Office products.

Those of you rocking Windows 10 version 1809 get KB4551853.

Windows 10 version 1803, which is only supported for Enterprise and Education SKUs, get KB4556807. Same goes for version 1709, and KB4556812 is available for them.

Meanwhile, Windows 10 version 1703 is only supported for the original Surface Hub, and these users have received KB4556804. Version 1706 support is only available for LTSC and Windows Server 2016 users, and they can look forward to KB4556813.

Those on the original version of Windows 10 will get KB4556826, leaving only version 1511 the odd one out with no updates this month.

Likewise, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 go their monthly rollup update in the form of KB4556846 and a security only update in the form of KB4556853. Same goes for Windows 7, the monthly rollup update KB4556836 awaits them, alongside KB4556843 as the security only update.

As usual, you can either install these updates manually, or deploy them via Windows Update.

If not, they’ll be installed automatically at some point.

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