The latest back-door method Microsoft is using to install its
Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) marketing software has hit a nerve
The e-mails have been piling up on me since I wrote about that subject in my
Microsoft was roundly criticized last year for downloading
its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) program, which tests for valid licenses,
as though the software was a “critical security upgrade.”
I’ve just found that MS has started doing this again — this time,
even if you’re simply checking manually for new patches.
Even though Patch Tuesday has come and gone, we’re finally getting the
solutions for several issues that cropped up after the latest patch for Internet Explorer
The patch, MS07-027, is high-priority to install now, but you first need to know about
two major problems.
The month of May brings spring flowers to the northern hemisphere — and seven
critical patches to the whole world.
Three of the patches should be your priority, plus one DNS patch and a
way to finally get rid of your svchost.exe issues.
Issues with Microsoft Update have been slowing down computers for the last
There are some things you can do now to help solve the problem, and a complete
fix will be out soon.
For those of you bleeding-edgers who installed Outlook 2007, you’ll
be pleased to know that a performance patch was just released.
It’s nice to get relief from issues that many of us have been dealing with
for a while. This is a much-needed fix for Outlook’s sluggishness.
The second of two Patch Tuesdays this month brought us more fixes that must
be taken seriously.
Though some of us are still playing catch-up from the Pre-Patch Tuesday that
occurred on Apr. 3, it’s now time to fix important issues with Windows Vista, Realtek, and others.
The first Tuesday of two Patch Tuesdays that are happening this month suddenly
hit us this week.
It’s very important that you install Microsoft’s Apr. 3 patch to correct a
serious security risk in Windows’ handling of icons and other images, but
there are issues you need to know about.
Service packs are advertised as being more comprehensively tested than hotfixes.
They should not, however, be installed without some preemptive homework.
This week’s Patch Watch column focuses on the recently released Windows Server 2003
Service Pack 2. But these guidelines should be followed when doing any major
upgrades, whether they are service packs, operating systems, or other installs.
So you thought March’s “lack of security patches” would allow you to snooze
through the month? Guess again.
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 was suddenly and without warning thrown at us
this Tuesday. For us admins, this means we have a lot of work to do.