Windows 8 is hardly out the door, and it’s already having its share of patching problems — including some never seen on previous Windows platforms.
If you’re trying to sort through Windows 8 security, here are some tips that might save time and effort.
Initial changes while setting up Win8
Some of us might find a new Windows 8 system under the tree. Or you might be setting one up for someone you particularly like (and not really hate, according to Philip Greenspun’s take on Windows 8). In either case, there will be updates that need installing as soon as possible and tweaks that will better protect the new system.
It starts at the initial Windows 8 setup. Select the customize option and disable automatic updates. Especially during these early days, we want the ability to review updates before installing them. It also helps eliminate possible update conflicts and delays during the setup process.
What to do: During setup, select Don’t set up Windows Update (not recommended) (see Figure 1) and turn off Automatically get device drivers, apps, and info for new devices (see Figure 2). (Don’t worry; you’ll turn that second option back on, once the setup process is complete.)
Manually configure Windows Update your way
Regular Patch Watch readers will undoubtedly have seen my advice about Windows Update: select either Download updates but let me choose whether to install them or Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them.
So your first stop after installing Windows 8 (or running through the initial setup on a preinstalled copy) is to check that Windows Update is set to one of those two options. The easiest way to launch Windows Update in Win8 is to pop up the Windows + X (Win-X) menu, select Control Panel, and find Windows Update in the Small icons view. A somewhat more circuitous route is to open the charms menu, select Settings, and then start typing Windows Update. Click Windows Update in the results list; click See details; and then, at the bottom of the window, click Choose important updates to install ….