Posts Tagged ‘Windows update’

Speed Up the Windows 7 Update Rollup

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Those who are faced with the challenge of updating a fresh install of Windows 7 will probably find this article helpful.

It can take hours or even days to update a freshly installed version of Windows 7 using Windows Update. Windows Update displays a “checking for updates” prompt when you run the first update check after installation that seemingly does nothing at all. This can be extremely frustrating, especially since it is not recommended to run a copy of Windows that is not patched and have that copy connected to the Internet.


Microsoft Security Bulletins May 2016

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

In case you’re wondering why your PC rebooted itself last night …

The Microsoft Security Bulletins May 2016 overview provides you with information about the May 2016 Patch Day for Windows and other Microsoft products. The overview lists all security and non-security patches that Microsoft released for client and server versions of the Windows operating system. All link to Microsoft Knowledge Base pages or other resources that allow you to find out more about individual patches.


Beware – Microsoft Plans to Push Windows 10 on Even More Windows 7 and 8 Systems

Friday, October 30th, 2015

You say you don’t want to update to Windows 10 because you don’t want to be forced to upgrade all of your other programs that might not be compatible with Windows 10? Microsoft says, “Tough luck. You’re gonna get it anyway.”

Microsoft wants computer systems that run Windows 7 or 8 to be upgraded to Windows 10, there is no doubt about that. The company projected that more than one billion Windows 10 devices will be running the new operating system in the next couple of years which is an ambitious goal even if you consider that this includes mobile devices and the Xbox.


How to Remove Installed Windows Updates and Block Them Afterwards

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

If a recent Windows update has messed up your PC, here’s one way to deal with it …

If you have installed the updates that Microsoft released on this patch day you may have noticed issues with your machine afterwards. Users on Windows 7 started to notice that Windows Defender would not start up anymore for example, and that the Diagnostic Tool of the operating system was not working correctly as well.


Skype Updates Now Also Available via Windows Update

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

This makes a heck of a lot of sense; I’m surprised that it took so long to implement …

Can you believe that more than a year has passed since Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011? In that time, Microsoft managed to get Facebook to integrate the video chat functionality on the most popular social networking site and a version of Skype for the company’s own mobile phone operating system Windows Phone.  But Skype is not only available on Windows Phone, but also for other phone operating system and as a Skype app for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Further integration of Skype will come to Microsoft Office and the popular Xbox gaming system of the company.


Remove Corrupt Windows Updates with Windows Update Regenerator

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

This looks like a useful resource for anybody who’s having problems with installing Windows updates …

Updates for the Windows operating system can be installed in a number of ways. From using the system’s built-in automatic update feature to downloading and installing updates manually. Automatic Windows updates seem to be the preferred method for the majority of users. We have covered the ins and outs of the Windows Update feature in an overview article previously. If you read it, you should have a solid understanding of how it functions, and of some of the errors that you may encounter when using it.


Microsoft Releases First 2012 Security Update

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

A couple of these look pretty important …

Microsoft today has released seven security related bulletins that fix issues in the Windows operating system and in Microsoft’s Developer Tools. One bulletin has received the maximum severity rating of critical, the highest available rating, while the remaining six bulletins have all received a rating of important, the third highest rating.


Microsoft Releases Security Patches for December 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

It looks like it’s Microsoft update day again …

Yesterday’s Patch Tuesday brought 13 security bulletins fixing a total of 19 different vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft products. The majority of security patches have been released for Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Microsoft Office, with a cumulative security update released for Internet Explorer as well.


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.


Microsoft Patch Day October 2011 Overview

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Looks like it’s “update day” for Windows again; here are the details …

Microsoft releases Windows updates on the second Tuesday of the month. A total of eight different security bulletins have been released today by Microsoft. They update the operating system Microsoft Windows and other Microsoft products such as the .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight and Internet Explorer. Two of the eight bulletins have been given the highest possible severity rating critical, the remaining six one of important. Maximum severity means that there is at least one product affected by that vulnerability impact.