Everyone knows Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of the month, right? That’s when Microsoft releases its security updates for Windows and other products. But the fourth Tuesday of the month—that’s today—is the other Patch Tuesday, when additional updates, typically non-security-related, are released. (The "other Patch Tuesday" is documented in a Windows Help article, which says "Microsoft typically releases important updates on the second or fourth Tuesday of the month.")
Microsoft pushed out at least one interesting fix for Windows 7 today, via Windows Update and Microsoft Update. You should see it on any Windows 7 machine. The April 2010 stability and reliability update for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is available for 32-bit and 64-bit versions and is rated Important. Here’s a list of the issues it fixes:
- Windows Explorer crashes and then restarts when you access a third-party Control Panel item.
- You cannot connect to an instance of SQL Server Analysis Services from an application in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 after you install Office Live Add-in 1.4 or Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5.
- Windows Explorer may stop responding for 30 seconds when a file or a directory is created or renamed after certain applications are installed.
- The Welcome screen may be displayed for 30 seconds when you try to log on to a computer if you set the desktop background to a solid color.
- You are not warned when you delete more than 1000 files at the same time. Then, the files are deleted permanently and are not moved to the Recycle Bin.
third fourth issue—the 30-second delay in boot times when a solid color background is selected—was extremely annoying. Glad it’s been fixed.
If you’re running Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise, you might also be offered an update that resolves an issue with BitLocker. This one is described simply as Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB975496). It resolves a nasty-sounding issue: "a computer stops responding during shutdown if BitLocker is enabled on the system drive on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2." The KB article has more details.