Windows 10 Gets New Cumulative Update KB3081455, Should We Know What’s in These?

Microsoft today is rolling out another new cumulative update for Windows 10 KB3081455. Should Microsoft tell us what’s in these?

Microsoft today is rolling out another new cumulative update for Windows 10 KB3081455. It’s been a bit over a month since the official launch of Windows 10 on July 29th, and the cumulative updates continue to rollout. This update comes just a week after its last set of updates.

Windows 10 Cumulative Update KB3081455

The update is available now and will be downloaded and installed automatically. But if you want to get on top of it, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates.

Cumulative Update KB3081455

It appears to be security updates that resolves vulnerabilities described in Microsoft security bulletins below on this Microsoft Support page.

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-094
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-095
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-097
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-098
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-101
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-102
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-105

Microsoft Decides to Only Share Significant Update Information

It’s worth noting that Microsoft isn’t going to be releasing detailed info or change logs for all updates…only significant ones. As Gabe Aul posted on Twitter (and many users are irate over):

Also, a Microsoft spokesperson told The Register:

As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.

Since Microsoft is treating Windows as a Service (WaaS) we can expect several of these cumulative updates more often than on previous versions of Windows. Patch Tuesdays when the company would release a bunch of updates each month are gone in Windows 10.

I am not quite sure if I am a fan of this or not. While power users, and especially IT professionals in business and enterprise need to know the details of updates, the average home user will just get the updates in the background.

And if you think about it, how many times do you get updates for apps on your phone, and not even worry about it? Of course the argument is, this is an OS, and not just an app.

Either way, if we as Windows 10 users pressure Microsoft enough, the company just might start releasing more details on all updates, even if the company doesn’t consider them significant.

What is your take on Microsoft’s position on updates?

Also, I ran installed this one on two computers – a desktop running Windows 10 Pro, and a laptop with Windows 10 Home, and haven’t noticed any problems yet. Leave a comment below if you have any issues.



  1. Serge

    September 8, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    “haven’t noticed any problems yet.”
    Are you seriously?! I have updated to Windows 10 Pro on 2 PC. And can’t do simple actions now, cuz anything DID NOT WORK in this os. Metro APP crashes all the time, can’t plug any Android device, 3D modeling software don’t work on Windows 10, no JAVA, no FLASH, a lot of annoying bugs with interface and after each silent update PC can just not boot next morning. And people still continue to say: “haven’t noticed any problems yet.”

    • Mike F.

      September 9, 2015 at 8:58 am

      I think the only thing that can help you is to ” Reset this PC ” and choose the option ” Remove everything “. Back up everything first and get all the keys and any copies of your installed software. You’ll need them after it completes the reset. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to do a clean install.

      • Egor

        September 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

        Oh, thanks Microsoft for adding such a great feature like “Reset this PC”, so, if any issues appear, anyone could suggest to reset PC in one click, rather than think, why an issue persists or how to solve the problem. Since Windows 10 had been announced, every single thread on tech forums contains this suggestion as a second or third answer to “solve” the problem. Of course, everything works great after reset, until Windows installs all the updates. But let’s not forget, that Microsoft must test their products, find bugs and fix issues, not users.

  2. Mike F.

    September 9, 2015 at 6:18 am

    I hate to bust Gabe’s bubble, but having a detailed explanation of what their updates do DOES add value. I would value full disclosure of what is being installed on MY device. If you’re not telling because you don’t want to tip off the hacker or don’t want us knowing what telemetry features are being changed or added to…for instance, then say so. A little bit of honesty can be quite refreshing.

  3. Graeme

    September 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Normally this would not be a concern. However, given Microsoft’s new found desire to grab our data (via the Cortana data thief), force us to use inferior products (enforced Bing), and outrageous privacy invasions (wifi sense), we can no longer trust MS to not sneak something nasty into our systems. The fact that Microsoft is making it harder to find out what they are doing, just as more people are starting to worry about what they are doing, speaks volumes to me.

    At a time of increased worries about privacy, this policy is either incompetence or underhand

  4. Paul

    September 9, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Perhaps MS does not want to expose which vulnerabilities it addressing with the non descript updates??

    • Mike F.

      September 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

      I agree that MS is becoming too sneaky…almost Adobe-like in how its calling home often.
      You can change the search away from Bing in the Edge settings though.

      IF Microsoft were to keep details of what are in the updates because of concerns that hackers would learn details of the vulnerabilities being patch….just say so, be honest about it !!!

      But, I don’t think that is the case…thus the stupid explanation “We don’t do full change lists, it is too tough to manage and doesn’t really add any value.”

      Either they’re trying to hide some OR all their intentions, be incredibly LAZY…or BOTH.

  5. Clinton

    September 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

    Windows 10 was not ready for prime time, I have had many problems with it and I went back to Windows 7. I may try Windows 10 again in a couple of years.

  6. Robert

    September 24, 2015 at 1:59 am

    I am getting very tired of having to install these updates multiple times to get them to take. I am having to install the updates an average of 3 or 4 times before it will take. This latest update KB3081455 I have installed 5 times and it still has not gotten actually installed on my machine. Microsoft assumes I have a infinite amount of time a patience to fiddle with their product. In actuality they are making the decision for me to switch to Apple easier every day.

  7. John

    September 27, 2015 at 9:04 am

    On 2 Dual-boot PC’s (10+10) did KB3081455 messed up my system. The other Win10 where this update is not (yet) installed has become inaccesable. This happend on a MBR and on an UEFI boot system.
    So Win10 is becoming an anoyance. I hate the enforced updates.

  8. Robert

    September 28, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Update KB3081455, still has not taken after 10 attempts I will not waste anymore time or effort with this update. If it is a mandatory update and blocks all future updates, so be it good riddance of Microsoft!! I am tired of their attempt to dictate what I can and cannot have on my computer. I own the machine and I resent their browser deciding that it can come in and erase programs without my permission to do so, which is exactly what the “EDGE” Browser did when Windows 10 installed on my machine. IF I had not noticed what it was doing and deselected EDGE as my default browser it would have deleted more programs. But I switched back to Mozilla Foxfire in time to prevent further losses. Edge was deleting any and all programs which I had on my computer which I had not purchased through the MIcrosoft Store.

  9. Patsy Mussman

    December 3, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    I bought new HP pc with Win 10 Home installed. Worked beautifully until Update downloaded, that famous KB3097617 cumulative update. Now can’t log onto my wireless network with my laptop or tablet and my HP pc won’t show what other computers are on network, but it did before; also, some programs I had deleted were reinstalled again. Can’t see what good it’ll do to back this update off, as wonderful, omniscient Microsoft Update will just download it again and start the process all over — gee thanks! Frustration and irritation does not even begin to describe my feelings!

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