Posts Tagged ‘automatic update’

What You Need to do if Firefox is not Automatically Updating Anymore

Monday, July 20th, 2015

There are a number of reasons why this might happen, but fortunately, the fix is pretty simple …

The Firefox web browser is configured to check for and install updates automatically by default. It offers configuration switches to change that to give users of the browser control over the updating functionality. This can be useful if updates need to be tested before they are deployed on machines for instance, or if users don’t want to update because of broken add-ons or other incompatibilities. Generally speaking, it is recommended though to update Firefox regularly as updates patch security vulnerabilities which, when unpatched, may leave users vulnerable on the Internet.


Windows 10 Home and Pro – Automatic Updates could become Mandatory

Monday, May 18th, 2015

If there’s one thing that never fails to bug me, it’s when software companies take away options instead of adding them.

If you run a preview build of Windows 10 on a computer currently you may have noticed that it is not possible to modify the operating system’s update behavior. The only option you have besides automatic updates is “notify to schedule restart”. Automatic updates download and install important updates automatically without user interaction. The only difference that “notify to schedule restart” offers is that this preferences prompts you to restart the system to finish installing updates.


How to Keep Programs up to Date without Automatic Updates

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Here are a couple of interesting tricks for dealing with programs (like Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit) that don’t automatically update themselves …

Automatic updates can be quite helpful at times. While some users prefer to download and install updates manually as it gives them more control over the process and options to test an update first before it is applied, it is without doubt the best option for users who don’t do so. While many programs ship with an automatic update feature or at least inform you when an update is available, this is not the case for all programs out there.


Mozilla Rolls Out Update Hotfix for Old Versions of Firefox

Monday, July 21st, 2014

If you’re using an older version of Firefox, you might want to check this out …

Mozilla will install a hotfix on Firefox 10 to 28 Stable versions on Windows that have automatic updates enabled to get those installations to the latest release version of the web browser. Most Firefox installations are updated automatically thanks to the built-in update functionality of the web browser. Stable and beta versions of Firefox check every 12 hours for updates while Nightly channel versions every two hours.


How to Change Firefox’s Automatic Update Behavior

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

This article describes a pretty useful trick, but personally, I’m more interested in the list of default Firefox update schedules included in the article.

If you have automatic updates enabled in Firefox, the browser will check for updates periodically by querying a Mozilla server. The frequency of checks depends on the release channel of Firefox with Nightly being updated the most and stable the least. The reason for that is simple: Nightly updates are published more often than other updates of the Firefox web browser while stable updates get only released occasionally (usually once or twice a release cycle).


Mozilla to Change Update Policy for Old Firefox Installations

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Although it’s usually a good idea to always run the most recent software version available (especially in the case of web browsers,) there are indeed some cases where you might want to disable automatic updates.

Most Firefox installations get updated automatically whenever a new version of the web browser is released. This is true for all channels the browser is offered in and the default way updates are handled. It makes sense in many ways, considering that new versions patch security vulnerabilities among other things which makes old versions of Firefox vulnerable to exploits targeting those security issues.


IE10 Automatic Update Blocker Released for Windows 7

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

If you’re happy with your existing version of IE, and don’t want to be automatically updated to IE10, then you should probably check this out …

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 10 final is currently only available for the company’s latest operating system Windows 8. It is available as a preview version for Windows 7 as well, the only other operating system by the company that it will be released for. While Microsoft has not revealed any information about the final release date of IE10 for Windows 7, it is very likely that it will be released in the near future.


Microsoft Talks Windows 8 Update Changes

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

This sounds like a helpful change … I hate it when my PC updates and reboots itself when I’m in the middle of doing something else.

Microsoft has announced changes to the Windows Update mechanism of the upcoming operating system Windows 8. When you look at the current state of Windows Update, you will find it to be relatively disruptive to the user experience. This stems from the fact that the majority of updates require a system start before their installation is complete on the computer system. A system remains vulnerable, in the case of security updates, until the computer is rebooted and the update applied. That’s why Microsoft displays shutdown notifications to the user to reboot the system and apply the update.


Internet Explorer 9 Beta Users Will Receive Automatic Update to RC

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

This kind of makes it sound like the IE9 release date must be just around the corner …

Internet Explorer 9 Beta users may be in for a surprise in the coming days as Microsoft has revealed that the release candidate of IE9 will be added as an important update to Windows Update. The rollout will start gradually and complete in the following days until all Internet Explorer 9 Beta users have been covered.