What’s New in Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB4494441

The May 2019 Patch Tuesday rollout brings a new pack of cumulative updates for Windows 10, and the October 2018 Update, or version 1809, gets its own release.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update is the latest stable form of the operating system at this time, using its first successor projected to go live later this month.

The adoption from the October 2018 Update has so far increased rather slowly, so at this time it’s running on approximately 30 percent of all Windows 10 devices. In other words, there’s an opportunity quite a few users might skip it entirely and move straight to the May 2019 Update coming in just a few weeks.

In terms of what’s new in cumulative update KB4494441 the main focus is obviously on resolving security vulnerabilities in Windows 10, but also in Microsoft Edge, Ie, the Windows Scripting engine, along with other modules. You should check out the entire changelog in the box following the jump.

“The changelog”

But because per Microsoft’s typical approach, non-security fixes are included as well, which are more than welcome given the further refine the knowledge with the OS.

For example, cumulative update KB4494441 fixes a problem with certain fonts breaking down Microsoft Excel, while also introducing additional Spectre Variant 2 mitigations. Microsoft explains the following:

“Enables “Retpoline” automatically if Spectre Variant 2 (CVE-2017-5715) is enabled. Make sure previous OS protections from the Spectre Variant 2 vulnerability are enabled using the registry settings described within the Windows Client and Windows Server articles. (These registry settings are enabled by default for Windows Client OS editions, but disabled by default for Windows Server OS editions).”

While Microsoft recommends users to set up this update as soon as possible, some could want to wait given that cumulative updates have previously caused issues or failed to install. At this time, however, there are no reports of failed installs.

It remains to be seen how reliable this cumulative update truly is, so tell us in the comment box below should you encounter any issues when installing it.

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