October brings Windows 7’s new patching process — a single update that includes both security and nonsecurity updates.
Not surprisingly, there have been some hiccups. But it’s been less troublesome than I expected. It’s now time to install all of October’s delayed updates.
Warning: Critical Flash Player fix released
Today (Oct. 26), Adobe released a must-install update for its media player to block an in-the-wild exploit, as reported in an Adobe Security Bulletin page.
What to do: Check that your system is now on Flash Player Version 126.96.36.199. Win10 users should see an update soon.
IE gets a hotfix for a problematic patch
September’s MS16-104 was a critical security update for Internet Explorer. But after installing KB 3185319, some users saw a “File Download — Security Warning” error when opening a URL from Windows Explorer. (If you set up a new Favorites from scratch, it didn’t have this problem.)
To solve the issue, Microsoft released hotfix KB 3199375, available from the Microsoft Update Catalog. (Typically, you install hotfixes only if you need them.)
Note that the Update Catalog (site) finally supports alternative browsers — it no longer requires Internet Explorer and ActiveX. To download an update such as KB 3199375, enter its number into the catalog search box. That’ll usually pop up a list of download files for the various versions of Windows. Pick the appropriate file and click Download. (The complication of working through the site’s shopping cart is now gone.)