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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Windows Security Updates

Like everyone I have my share of computer problems. After trying to deal with numerous problems, I decided to restore my wife’s laptop back to factory settings and start from scratch. Like many of my readers the first thing I do is to download and install WinPatrol.


The next very first step is to re-install all the Windows security updates that have occurred. This was no minor task.  There have apparently been 82 various updates since we received this machine over a year ago.


Updating all my Windows Security updates


I was very happy that before updating Internet Explorer to IE7 it actually asked permission. For now I’m still sticking with IE 6 especially so it doesn’t confuse Cindi.


Microsoft has notified us that next Tuesday will be a big patch day


·         Six Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Windows with a Maximum Severity rating of Critical. These updates will require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scan Tool. 


·         One Microsoft Security Bulletins affecting Microsoft Office with a Maximum Severity rating of Critical. These updates will not require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.


·         One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows a Maximum Severity rating of Critical. This update will require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.


·         One Microsoft Security Bulletin affecting Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server with a Maximum Severity rating of Important. This update will require a restart and will be detectable using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and the Enterprise Scan Tool.


I'll be downloading the new updates on Tuesday but I'll be waiting a week before installing them. These are pretty big changes and if history repeats itself, there will be some quirks for some users. If you do experience problems, there is a toll-free number that Microsoft has setup for security patch problems.  It’s 1–866–PC-Safety.


Past Comments on Updates:  “Windows Blackout caused by AutoUpdates

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