Posts Tagged ‘Windows update’

ActiveX Controls and Windows Update Errors – Fix the Traffic

Monday, October 10th, 2011

If you’re running into a lot of errors while trying to update Windows, here’s a trick that might help …

Initially, when your computer is new and you have a fresh Windows 7 installation, Windows Update works perfectly. You see no errors, everything is set to automatic and you need not lift a finger. Then, as you actually use your PC for awhile and utilize its capabilities, one day you see the error messages. Windows Update failed and you are given a virtually useless error code. This is often most easily remedied by Microsoft’s “Fix-It” utility or by online assistance from Microsoft.


Microsoft and Adobe Ready Security Updates

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

It’s always a good idea to keep up with these security updates …

It is the second Tuesday of the month again and this means security patch day at Microsoft and Adobe. Adobe has just released a security bulletin for Adobe Reader and Acrobat that fix several critical vulnerabilities in versions of the pdf software.


Microsoft Updates Windows to Block Fraudulent Digital Certificates

Friday, March 25th, 2011

This appears to be a relatively important security update …

If you follow this blog closely you may have noticed that several browser developers have pushed security updates in the past week (see Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 Security Updates for instance) that block several invalid digital certificates to protect users from attacks exploiting those certificates.


Troubleshooting if Windows 7 Update Fails

Friday, February 25th, 2011

If you’re having troubles with the SP1 update for Windows 7, this might be helpful …

What can you do if the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Update fails? The answer depends largely on the error code that you see directly on the screen or in the Windows event log. Regardless of that code, it is still possible to try two generic fixes before you try to find a solution for the specific error messages.


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.


Download IE9 Blocker Toolkit to Prevent Automatic Internet Explorer 9 Distribution

Monday, February 14th, 2011

If you’re not ready to update to IE9, here’s how to keep Windows from automatically updating IE8.

A final release of Microsoft’s newest Internet browser Internet Explorer 9 is just around the corner. Microsoft plans to deliver the browser as an important update via Windows Update which are set to be automatically downloaded and installed by default.


Microsoft Windows Autorun Updates Restricts Functionality

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Here’s one more thing that the February 2011 Windows security patch fixes …

One of the updates of yesterday’s patch day slipped through my grasps, mainly because I’m running Windows 7 and the update was not for that operating system. Ghacks reader Ilev let me know about it in the comments of my patch day overview guide Microsoft Security Bulletin Overview February 2011. Autorun has been a problematic feature for some time in a security context as it provides the means to automatically run files on removable drives, network shares, optical discs and other media if an autorun.inf file is present.


Microsoft Security Bulletin Overview February 2011

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This looks like a pretty important security update for Microsoft users …

Microsoft has just enabled downloads for today’s security patches on Windows Update. Today’s Patch Day brings 12 security bulletins that fix vulnerabilities of various severity affecting the Microsoft Windows operating system, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. Three of the vulnerabilities have a maximum severity rating of critical, the highest possible rating. The remaining 11 have a maximum severity rating of important.


Microsoft Windows Update Overview – All You Need to Know

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Here’s a helpful overview of Windows Updates …

Windows Update is a free computer service provided by Microsoft that provides Operating System (OS) patches and service packs to computers running the many versions of Microsoft Windows. These updates are either enhancements or corrections to OS features, or security updates meant to protect your system from malicious attacks and malware. Reliability, security and performance are the the most important reasons that all computers running MS Windows should use Windows Update. An option called Microsoft Update can be configured in this service to also provide updates for several other Microsoft software applications, such as the MS Office suite or the latest Internet Explorer browser.


Microsoft Releases Out of Band Security Patch

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Here’s an important security issue for anyone who runs Microsoft .Net Framework on a Windows Server operating system …

Microsoft today released a new out of band security bulletin addressing a vulnerability in ASP.NET that affects all versions of the Microsoft .Net Framework when used on Windows Server operating systems, or on client systems that run a web server from their computer.

While that excludes the majority of desktop users, it may still affect some that run web servers on their desktop systems. Those users are asked to update immediately once the patch is released.