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Should I install Internet Explorer updates although I disabled it?

I have disabled Internet Explorer in the "Windows Features" dialog. Nonetheless Windows Update alerts me that there are security updates for IE. I am aware that I cannot uninstall IE and it remains ...
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0answers
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When WinXP support ends on 2014-04-08 will MS continue to make security updates for Premier customers? Will those the update be available to others?

Microsoft is wrapping up extended support for Windows XP next month (2014-04-08), which officially means the end up security updates. But this answer to an old question implies that some heavy-hitting ...
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1answer
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Will Windows Update still work for existing patches for XP systems after next month?

As you likely know, official support for Windows XP ends next month. I have a question about the exact implications of this. I know that no new patches will be created after the April 8 end of life ...
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2answers
179 views

Windows Updates can be critical or recommended, but why?

I just wanted to know the difference is between Windows Updates being 'Critical' and 'Recommended'. And also what factors go into deciding this?
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0answers
200 views

Windows Update preventing Internet Explorer 9 to download files from the internet

In the last 2-3 weeks I have been getting this problem where my clients cannot download files from the internet, when they try to download anything from IE 9 they don't even get a "Save As..." screen, ...
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175 views

How risky is it too offset Windows Update for a few days?

After Patch Tuesday, zero days become public vulnerabilities and can be taken advantage of by the crowd. Therefore it becomes doubly important to patch immediately and the obnoxious automatic Windows ...
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1answer
66 views

Public Wi-Fi and software updates

According to Microsoft, "Never update your software on a public Internet connection." So I have some questions. 1. What if a public Wi-Fi hotspot is the only Internet available, ever? Never update ...
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1answer
267 views

How can I block all internet connections except the Microsoft Update website?

I want download updates for Windows XP. Until all updates have been downloaded, my computer will be more exposed to hackers. How can I block all internet connections except those to/from the Microsoft ...
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1answer
51 views

Easier way to get extended information about Microsoft Security Updates?

Part of my weekly routine involves setting aside often up to an hour to sift through the latest security updates from Microsoft, to determine which ones are actually worth considering and which ones ...
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3answers
371 views

Best way to fix security problems caused by windows updates?

I have a laptop running Windows 7 32-bit. Last nights security updates caused my logitech mouse to stop working (specifically, it caused several USB ports to stop altogether). After reviewing the ...
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3answers
152 views

What security does windows update use to prevent tampering with the software they send you?

Windows update sends software that gets installed on your system. Amongst other things, they might send you root certificates. It is clear in any way that if anyone could tamper with the stuff ...
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How to avoid Windows Genuine Advantage for an XP update?

I am about to apply updates to a windows xp installation I have not booted in a couple of years. When going to update.microsoft.com, it forced me first to accept an activex installation and now it ...