Windows Genuine Advantage: now more genuinely annoying for genuine
users of Vista.
A software failure at Microsoft over the weekend falsely branded
thousands of legitimate users’ PCs as “nongenuine” and restricted
Microsoft ranks 6 of the 9 patches released on Aug. 14 as “Critical,”
and only 3 as “Important” — but I’m rating all 9 of them as critical
if you use the platforms that are affected.
We must patch once again for three XML, GDI, and VML threats, along with the
usual Malicious Software Removal Tool updates and a new fix for 64-bit
As we start our back-to-school time of the year, many
of you are purchasing Vista machines.
Vista handles patching just a little bit differently than the older versions of
Windows, and I’ll tell you how.
Let’s review one more time the issues we’ve seen with Microsoft’s
July 10 .NET patches
Hopefully, this will give you a bit more guidance to help you
get your systems patched.
Installation of the .NET patches distributed Microsoft on July 10
has caused many of you hours of frustration.
I’m focusing today on the problems surrounding the .NET updates
that all of us have faced so far this month.
With all of the .NET patches, Adobe patches, and Sun Java patches
that have just been released, it’s enough to make one yell
A single PC might need as many as three different patches for Microsoft
.NET, so let me advise you on how to handle them.
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.