If you’re responsible for updating your company’s systems,
you now face service packs (and related problems) for XP, Vista, and Microsoft’s .NET Framework — and even Mac enthusiasts have to deal with repercussions from the recent 10.5.2 OS X upgrade.
If that weren’t enough, those of you who haven’t yet deployed the latest MS Office service packs will find plenty of quirks to chew on this week.
Microsoft on Feb. 19 halted automatic downloads of a Vista patch that caused numerous PCs to reboot uncontrollably.
The patch, numbered 937287, is a “prerequisite” or “preliminary” patch that was intended to prepare machines for the installation of Vista Service Pack 1, which is expected to be released in March.
A whopping 11 security patches and 7 nonsecurity patches were released this month for Windows, Firefox, Acrobat, and QuickTime, which means a potentially rough patching month.
Rather than giving your loved ones red roses or fat-laden chocolates for Valentine’s Day, show them how much you care by fixing their systems with these updates that the patch gods have sent us.
In a change from its earlier statements, Microsoft now reports that some versions of Windows Server 2003 have a security flaw rated “critical” rather than merely “important.”
If you didn’t install security bulletin MS08-001 after its release on Jan. 8 — because you didn’t feel you really needed it when it first came out — you should make time now to test your box and install the patch.
This week, I’ll show you how to prevent the automatic deployment of Silverlight and a new build of Internet Explorer 7 throughout your company via Microsoft’s WSUS utility.
Optional software isn’t mandatory, and I urge you to skip the Silverlight download in particular unless you have a specific need for the software.
Microsoft’s Vista team is getting ready to release Service Pack 1, but a few “pre-SP1” bumps were hit along the way this week that negatively affected Home Premium users.
Those problems have been swatted by now, but there are still several other issues that relate to Vista and XP updates.
In this special, news-update edition of Patch Watch, I provide help for those of you who are afflicted by crashing in Internet Explorer 6.
Some other things to watch out for are the new service packs for Office 2003 and Office 2007, which are bringing trouble with them this holiday season.
Many people were startled on Dec. 12 to see that Service Pack 1 for Office 2007 had been auto-installed, and their machines had been rebooted.
Microsoft had said that Office 2007 SP1 would be made available on Dec. 11, but would not auto-install on that date — but the beta versions of Vista and several other Microsoft products didn’t behave that way.
Despite recent statements by Microsoft that Service Pack 1 for MS Office 2007 wouldn’t ship until “early 2008,” it’s just been announced that the huge download will actually be released on Dec. 11, to the surprise of many.
If your company makes any use of Office 2007, you need to look into the details of this upgrade and prepare yourself for any issues it may pose.