I believe in patching, sometimes even if things get broken — because it points out that the software that broke was probably written poorly in the first place.
But this time, there’s one patch I want you to make sure you select not
to install this month.
(905474) The WGA so-called critical patch
Before all the other patches you need to worry about this week, I want you to ensure that you’ve adjusted your Microsoft Update settings so MU is not performing Automatic Updates.
Instead, I want you to change to the setting that downloads patches and then notifies you that the patches are ready to install.
Now that you’ve done that, I need you to ensure that you always select "Custom Install" (not "Express Install") when you install patches. I want you to not
install a patch, KB 905474
, because I don’t deem it to be one that is critical for your machine.
In this patch, Microsoft is offering up a beta of its latest Windows Genuine Advantage software. This is designed to confirm that you’re running legitimate, licensed software. The issue is that we’ve seen it causing problems on some machines. If you’ve installed it, and you’re not seeing issues, you may wish to leave it alone. But if you haven’t installed it, don’t do so.
I do not
run beta software on production machines, and I’m not too pleased that this WGA beta was offered up as it was without a full disclosure of what the WGA update does. Currently,