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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