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Unknown patches KB3135445 & KB3123862

    Question

  • I am running Windows 7 SP1. My recent Check for Updates is showing 2 optional updates (listed in title) that appear to have no existence. The link for More Information results in the unhappy smiley face with Try searching for what you need. A Google search finds nothing for these 2 updates either.

    Is this some virus/attack leveraging Microsoft Update?

    Thanks

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 7:07 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    I noticed it. Microsoft released the update about KB3123862 recently. You could see more information in the link below.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3123862

    Wish you have a nice day.

    Best Regards,

    Simon


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    Sunday, February 14, 2016 10:36 AM
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  • These same updates arrived in my WSUS console 2/2/2016 1:21 PM EST with the following links which result in the inscrutable face as you indicate.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3123862

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3135445

    Microsoft seems to have trouble from time to time with releasing updates before the actual associated KB documentation has been released. I usually wait until the KB is accessible and working to determine whether to apply the relevant updates

    2/2/2016 4:01 PM EST - This one is now working: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3135445

    • Edited by ENW Tuesday, February 02, 2016 9:03 PM
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 7:31 PM
  • I experienced the same thing, porterlover. Wondering if I should HIDE these optional updates as I'm not going to install them unless I know exactly what I'm getting! 
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 7:34 PM
  • I received 3 optional updates this morning:

    kb2952884 - Eases the upgrading process for Windows 7 (... to Windows 10?) 

    kb3123862 - Straight Faced Icon with "Try searching for what you need - this page doesn't exist."

    kb3135445 - Straight Faced Icon with "Try searching for what you need - this page doesn't exist."

    Not installing any of these 3 updates.

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 7:46 PM
  • I managed to take a peak into this update without installing it on a production system. It updates Windows Update but adds files like "wu.upgrade.ps.dll" and "wuapp.exe".

    I think it is quite clear what it is: It must Microsoft's so-called more aggressive attempt to "persuade" Windows 7 owners to upgrade to Windows 10. We have been expecting it, haven't we?

    Update: Alright, looks like the support articles have come online. 3123862 is the more aggressive Windows 10 advertiser that download Windows 10 through Windows Update. 3135445, which applies to Windows Server too, is just a simple update to Windows Update.


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    • Proposed as answer by Fleet Command Tuesday, February 02, 2016 8:16 PM
    • Edited by Fleet Command Wednesday, February 03, 2016 6:41 PM Updated my response
    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 8:10 PM
  • Hi porterlover,

    For KB 3135445, please see the link below for more information. It is an official update.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3135445

    For KB 3123862, we have not found this updates. Could you please make a screenshot for your issue? We have not received report about this issue.

    Wish you have a nice day.

    Best Regards,

    Simon


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    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 5:40 AM
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  • Same here in GE Version, look at Screenshots.

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 7:19 AM
  • Come on, we've been burned by this and won't fall for it.  "contains some improvements to Windows Update Client" means displays ads for the next version of Windows.  Do not install.
    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 6:06 PM
  • Come on, we've been burned by this and won't fall for it.  "contains some improvements to Windows Update Client" means displays ads for the next version of Windows.  Do not install.

    You are probably right. AS it is optional it is probably nothing to worry about right now, but still I find these generic descriptions "contains improvements" infuriating. Where is the bug list? IF windows is a managed software project why is there no issue list? I am a one-man development team and I have more readable bug lists (on bugzilla) than this multinational company.
    Wednesday, February 03, 2016 7:07 PM
  • KB3123862 is one of many pesky "Get Windows 10" updates that keeps bugging you to update.  I contacted Microsoft and told them this is completely unfair to try and force owners into an update, especially when I know my digital audio workstation software is not yet compatible with Windows 10. And that's a $750 dollar program too!

    Microsoft's reply is, "Oh, that's what makes Windows 10 so great!  It will automatically find compatible drivers for your software to make it compatible." Really...

    If you happened to allow the "Get Windows 10" update to install in your computer, Google for a "GWX Windows 10 removal tool" or visit here for the GWX Stopper.

    http://blog.ultimateoutsider.com/2015/08/using-gwx-stopper-to-permanently-remove.html

    I've used the GWX Stopper (now called GWX Control Panel) and it works well.  But now I will review every update before I allow it to install  And in this most recent 200+ MB update from Microsoft and once again, I found a 25MB Windows 10 upgrade trying to sneak its way back into my laptop!

    Friday, February 12, 2016 9:18 AM
  • Hi,

    I noticed it. Microsoft released the update about KB3123862 recently. You could see more information in the link below.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3123862

    Wish you have a nice day.

    Best Regards,

    Simon


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    Sunday, February 14, 2016 10:36 AM
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