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Certificate issues still continue during March Patch Tuesday


Speaking of which, the March Patch Tuesday updates are here, and they bring a whole world of changes to the Windows OS, although not all versions of Windows 10 receive the same treatment.

However there are times when some issues persists throughout updates, such as the certificates issues from Windows 10 v20H2/v2004, and Windows 10 v1903/v1909.


Loss of certificates still present even after this month’s updates

All the way back in January 2021, Microsoft reported that their cumulative updates for Windows 10 v20H2/v2004, and Windows 10 v1903/v1909. were plagued by an issue that could lead to a loss of certificates:

System and user certificates might be lost when updating a device from Windows 10, version 1809 or later to a later version of Windows 10.

Devices will only be impacted if they have already installed any Latest cumulative update (LCU) released September 16, 2020 or later and then proceed to update to a later version of Windows 10 from media or an installation source which does not have an LCU released October 13, 2020 or later integrated.

This primarily happens when managed devices are updated using outdated bundles or media through an update management tool such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager.

This might also happen when using outdated physical media or ISO images that do not have the latest updates integrated.

Note Devices using Windows Update for Business or that connect directly to Windows Update are not impacted. Any device connecting to Windows Update should always receive the latest versions of the feature update, including the latest LCU, without any extra steps.

Unfortunately, 2 month’s worth of updates was not enough for Microsoft to patch this issue up for good. More so, they failed to provide a workaround for the issue as well, so users are left to update on their own risk.


That being said, it is up to you whether you update your PC with the latest cumulative update or not.



This post was written by Teodor Nechita and was first posted to WindowsReport



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