Don’t check that box! Windows 7 patch KB 3083324 sneaks in

If you woke up this morning to a barely described Windows 7 patch, you aren’t alone

Don’t check that box! Windows 7 patch KB 3083324 sneaks in
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People all over the world are waking up this morning to a little present in their Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) Windows Update boxes: KB 3083324, which describes itself as “Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: September 2015.” Here’s what the KB article says:

This article describes an update that contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

That’s it. If there’s any further description, I can’t find it. In particular, as of this writing anyway, it isn’t even listed in the official Windows Update catalog.

There’s some conjecture that the patch may fix the intolerably long wait some people are experiencing when checking for updates in Win7.

Fortunately, the patch is optional -- it appears in the Windows Update list as an unchecked item in the Optional list.

Are you feeling lucky? Want to beta test a Windows Update update? Enjoy the feeling of exhilaration when Microsoft releases yet another stealthy patch? Oh boy.

My advice: Don’t check that box. Wait and see if we get any documentation about it.

t/h Bogdan Popa, Softpedia

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