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Patch Tuesday Part II: Microsoft pushes 34 non-critical Windows updates

By Shawn Knight ยท 6 replies
Apr 21, 2015
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  1. microsoft windows patch patch tuesday operating system windows patch option updates

    Microsoft on Tuesday released a plethora of patches (34 in total) aimed at Windows users across multiple versions. This batch is in addition to the usual string of patches that came out on April 14 (the second Tuesday of the month, often referred to as Patch Tuesday).

    This new batch of patches is optional meaning you can install them at your own pace for testing purposes (I’m mostly talking to IT admins here). Most are destined for Windows 8 although there are some updates for Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows RT sprinkled in for good measure.

    Most of the updates are generically described as an update to resolve issues in Windows. Clicking through for more information reveals specifics about each one. While I didn’t check every update, the ones that I skimmed through addressed minor issues such as a fix for an automatic brightness problem, an issue related to the Cambria font in Word documents and a missing data field with photos taken by certain Android devices.

    For those with automatic updates (and recommended updates) enabled, be prepared to be blasted with a bevy of updates that could potentially take a while to download and install.

    Do you typically install optional Windows updates or do you only snag the critical security patches? Automatic or manual installation? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Addict Posts: 294   +73

    I manually install the Windows updates on my computers. I like to know what is being updated so that if something does not work right afterwards, I can simply remove the update and find out why.
  3. lripplinger

    lripplinger TS Addict Posts: 281   +97

    I only install critical patches or "important" ones when managing my client machines.
  4. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,907   +592

    Updates set to: Check for updates but let me choose when to download.
    I quickly scan through them to make sure none of them are non-USB related drivers, Defender updates (when I forget to disable it), or anything else I don't want. I usually install the optional updates.
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,168   +3,261

    I also install optional updates with a few exceptions
    Manual updating only. I grew tired of MS telling me to reboot, or the system would automatically reboot regardless of whether I was ready to do so.
  6. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    I update manually, but semi- regularly, as well. I'll install the updates probably once a week at my own leisure, two weeks is a bit too long.
  7. Experimentongod

    Experimentongod TS Addict Posts: 253   +98

    I used to have updates in full manual mode but now I have it set up to notify me of updates and let me choose when to download and install them.

    Anyway, most of the time I hear about the updates from websites like Techspot before I get the notification from Windows.

    In this case I only got 3 optional updates (Windows 7 Pro x64).

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