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Summary

This update automatically applies Safe OS Dynamic Update (KB5034232) to the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) on a running PC to address a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to bypass BitLocker encryption by using WinRE. For more information, see CVE-2024-20666.

NOTE If your running PC does not have a WinRE recovery partition, you do not need this update.

IMPORTANT

This update requires 250 MB of free space in the recovery partition to install successfully. If the recovery partition does not have sufficient free space, this update will fail. In this case, you will receive the following error message: 

0x80070643 - ERROR_INSTALL_FAILURE 

To avoid this error or recover from this failure, please follow the Instructions to manually resize your partition to install the WinRE update and then try installing this update.

Or, to use a sample script to increase the size of the WinRE recovery partition, see Extend the Windows RE Partition.

How to get this update

This update is available through the following release channels.

Release Channel

Available

Windows Update

Yes

Microsoft Update Catalog

No

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager

No

Prerequisites 

The PC must have 250 MB of free space in the recovery partition to apply this update successfully.

Restart information 

You do not need to restart your device after applying this update.

Verify the installation of this update

To verify the installation of this update, use DISM /Get-Packages to ensure Safe OS Dynamic Update package is present on WinRE. For more information, see Check the WinRE image version.

Removal information

This update cannot be removed once it is applied to a Windows image.

Update replacement information 

This update does not replace any previously released update.

References

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