The coast is clear to install September’s Windows and Office patches

There are a few odd problems with the September Microsoft patches, but they’re relatively sporadic and reasonably-well understood. That makes it’s a good time to get the outstanding updates installed, though you should avoid the “optional” patches.

I’m still not ready to put Windows 10 version 2004 on my main machines. The “E Week” optional, non-security patch, KB 4577063, fixes two well-known bugs and many dozens of lesser bugs (none of which were officially documented, by the way) in the latest released version of Windows 10. @mikemeinz has hit several replicated bugs in Win10 version 2004, and bug reports continue to hit my inbox.

You’re far better off waiting for those temporary patches to get baked into Win10 version 2004 itself before even thinking about moving to 2004 — even if a third of all Win10 users are now running version 2004. Let’s hear it for the masses.

Here’s how to get caught up.

Make a full backup

Make a full system image backup before you install the latest patches. There’s a non-zero chance that the patches — even the latest, greatest patches of patches of patches — will hose your machine. It’s best to have a backup that you can reinstall, even if your machine refuses to boot. (This comes in addition to the usual need for System Restore points.)

There are plenty of full-image backup products, including at least two good free ones: Macrium Reflect Free and EaseUS Todo Backup

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