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  • Blog Post: WSUS admins... additional updates from Windows Live (Photo Gallery and Toolbar)

    Today, Windows Live will release two additional critical updates: 1. Update for Windows Live Photo Gallery (KB 944990) 2. Update For Windows Live Toolbar (KB 944786) Update for Windows Live Photo Gallery (KB 944990) This critical update will apply to the latest version of Windows Live...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.0 Update

    Hi all, Quick update regarding .NET Framework 3.0 and it’s availability through Windows Update/Microsoft Update. From the .NET folks… “We’ve suspended the release of localized versions of the .NET Framework 3.0 via Windows Update, due to a discovery of an issue with printing on some non-English...
  • Blog Post: New Product Family – SDK Components appearing in WSUS

    For those of you running a WSUS server... A new product family called "SDK Components" will be added to your WSUS server in the next one or two days. This category will contain updates to components offered through various Microsoft software development kits (SDKs). Microsoft SDKs offer great support...
  • Blog Post: New Product Family – Virtual Server

    WSUS users...another new product family coming your way... "Virtual Server" will be added in the next one or two days. This new product family allows updates to be offered to Virtual Server components. Different categories offered under “Virtual Server” may have a different range of supported platforms...
  • Blog Post: Reminder - Windows Vista SP1 RC Builds Expire soon!

    Hi there - Quick reminder for all of you out there who helped test Windows Vista SP1 and may still be running Release Candidate builds (any build less than 6.0.6001.18000) . The RC builds will expire on June 30th - so if you happen to running one, be sure to uninstall it before the end of the month...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Microsoft Update to keep Office 2003, Office XP, and other Microsoft Products Secure and Up-To-Date

    Hi Folks – We want to remind everyone that enabling Microsoft Update and keeping your computer up-to-date will give you the best possible experience with Windows. Are you wondering about the difference between Windows Update and Microsoft Update? Windows Update offers updates for Windows and drivers...
  • Blog Post: Office 2007 SP 2 .... coming soon

    Hi Folks, Just a heads up that SP2 for Office 2007 will be available soon through MU. Be sure to check the Office Sustained Engineer team blog for the latest news on SP2 as it becomes available. thanks, The MU Team
  • Blog Post: WSUS and Windows Server 2003 Sp2

    WSUS admins… a quick note regarding the delivery of Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. We have discovered that in some instances Windows Server 2003 SP2 fails to install automatically. While we investigate further, we have changed the behavior of the service pack so that it requires user interaction...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live OneCare category coming soon

    Updated 10/30/08 : WSUS admins will be seeing a new product category under the Windows Live product family in the future. The new product category will be Windows Live OneCare. Thank you, The MU Team
  • Blog Post: Note regarding KB935509...

    Hi all, Just dropping a quick line to let you know about one of the updates we're releasing this week to Windows Update (it's a little different than usual). The update, KB935509, is a prerequisite to Windows Vista Service Pack 1, which will be coming later this quarter. The update is being...
  • Blog Post: Another note regarding KB935509...

    We had a small number of early customer reports, that in some cases, this update (KB935509) was being offered for installation on all Windows Vista editions vs. just Ultimate and Enterprise. A quick adjustment of the applicability logic was released shortly there-after to refine the edition offering...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Vista and Win2k8 SP2!

    Hi All, Just a heads up to prepare for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2. It will be available in the coming weeks on the Download Center (DLC) and also through Windows Update and WSUS. On April 28 th , we announced the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins…New Product Categories appearing in WSUS

    A new product family called Microsoft HealthVault is being added. Microsoft HealthVault enables consumers to store health and fitness information for themselves and their family in a single place in the cloud, and manage their wellness in new ways with an emerging breed of applications and websites....
  • Blog Post: Things to Know about Windows Search 4.0 installation...

    Hey everyone, Windows Search 4.0 has been available on WU for a few weeks now, and we've been getting some questions about installation failures and error code 0x643. We've done some investigation and found out that the installation failure in this case may actually be caused by the computer configuration...
  • Blog Post: New Category Windows Live Messenger under “Windows Live” family

    A new category for WSUS... Starting 6/21 – you will see a new category within the Windows Live product family. The Windows Live Messenger category is being used to distribute Windows Live Messenger updates and upgrades. At this time, it is only used for the Messenger Beta. We will inform you when...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins - New and modified categories for the Windows Live product family

    In early September 2007, you will see eight new / modified product categories in the Windows Live family of products. Following are the categories - 1. Windows Live contains updates/upgrades for all Windows Live programs. All Windows Live programs are compatible with both Windows XP and Windows...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins…Windows Live BETA applications are being updated to their released (RTM) versions

    Today Windows Live will ship two updates: 1. Update for Windows Live Mail (KB 944990) 2. Update for Windows Live Writer (KB 944990) These updates will apply to all Windows Live Mail Beta and Windows Live Writer Beta users. The RTM version of this software fixes critical issues, performance...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming updates for Windows 7 testing

    Hi all, Starting on February 24 th we will be offering some test updates to Windows 7 Beta (build 7000) computers. We do typically verify update scenarios during a Beta, and releasing these test updates will help ensure that when we need to release real updates, the process will run smoothly. There...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP Service Pack 3 Now Available on Windows Update

    Hello, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is now available on Windows Update (and the Microsoft Download Center)! If you'd like to install it via WU today, you'll need to visit the Windows Update website. To do this, go to Windows Update and perform an express or custom install, make sure you see...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: Office 2003 SP3 Automatic Distribution Begins Today

    Office 2003 SP3 has been available interactively on MU for many months now, but, as you may remember from our post last month, today marks the beginning of automatic distribution to MU users. We've heard great feedback from customers who've already installed SP3, and feel confident in distributing...
  • Blog Post: More on Windows XP Service Pack 3...

    We'd like to provide more information and address reports you may have heard about "continuous reboot loops" occurring upon the update to Windows XP SP3. After investigation, we’ve determined this problem occurs on AMD-based machines with Windows XP images that were originally captured by an OEM...
  • Blog Post: New Category under "SDK Components" Family - CAPICOM

    Folks... a new category has arrived: CAPICOM is an ActiveX control, Scriptable interface, and COM object re-distributed by Microsoft, 3rd party applications and web sites. More information about the functionality offered through CAPICOM is available on MSDN in the whitepaper Introducing CAPICOM...
  • Blog Post: Reminder - Windows Search 4 coming to WU soon...

    Hi everyone – Thought I’d drop a line and remind you that we’re planning to release Windows Search 4.0 ( KB940157 ) via Windows Update sometime in late July. Windows Search 4.0 updates previous versions of Search in Windows Vista SP1, Windows XP SP2 and Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP2,...
  • Blog Post: WSUS Admins - Windows Live Mail Category Rename

    Starting 8/17, we are renaming the Windows Live Mail category (under the Windows Live product family) to Mail Installation and Upgrades. The Mail Installation and Upgrades category contains installation and upgrade files for an e-mail program that allows users to manage multiple e-mail accounts, newsgroups...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite KB937287

    Back in February, we posted about the release of a couple of prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1. While several million customers installed the updates successfully, you may have read that a few customers experienced an endless reboot cycle while installing one of the prerequisites: KB937287...