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  • 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: 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: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 available through Windows Update

    Hi All, Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 is now available on the Download Center (DLC) and also through Windows Update and WSUS. On February 9th, we announced the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of SP1. For Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering...
  • Blog Post: Windows IE 8.0 Installation

    Hi All, We’ve been hearing that there is some confusion with how Windows Internet Explorer 8 is offered through Windows Update (WU) and Automatic Updates (AU), so we thought we’d post a little bit of information regarding this update. WU and AU will not automatically install Internet Explorer...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Update to Windows Update

    Hi everyone, I'd like to let you know that, beginning at the end of this month and continuing over the next few months, we’ll be rolling out an infrastructure update to the Windows Update agent (client). I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some background on the update and discuss the...
  • Blog Post: Critical Security Update Released Today

    Hello, Microsoft has released a critical security update today, 10/23/2008 and made this update available via all update distribution channels. For more information see: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067 .
  • 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: Update Notifications and Install-at-Shutdown Behavior

    Hi All, There have been some recent questions about how users are notified about updates and comments that sometimes customers aren’t being notified that updates are available when they shut down their computer. We are investigating the reports and trying to clarify with the community exactly what...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Expiration Reminders of Windows XP and Windows Vista SP Blocker Tools

    Hi Folks, Just a reminder, If you have used the Service Pack Blocker Tool for Windows XP or Windows Vista then make sure you’re prepared for the expiration of the blocker tool. The Windows Vista blocker tool expires on April 28, 2009. The Windows XP SP3 blocker tool expires May 19, 2009. For...
  • 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: How Windows Update Keeps Itself Up-to-Date

    There have been some questions raised about how we service the Windows Update components and concerns expressed about software installing silently. I want to clarify the issue so that everyone can better understand why the self-updating of Windows Update acts the way it does. So first some background...
  • 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: Windows Update and Automatic Reboots

    Windows Update plays an essential role in keeping your computer safe, and in order to do that, it sometimes has to reboot your computer. In this blog post, we want to help clarify how WU reboots your machine (including key differences between XP and Vista behavior), why it does it, and how you can change...
  • Blog Post: Reminder on upcoming update for Windows Update

    Hi All, Just a reminder, we are starting the Windows Update and Microsoft Update service upgrades today. The service upgrade will include updates to the online update services and the Windows Update (or Automatic Updates on XP) client code installed on your computer. As explained in our previous...
  • Blog Post: Issues installing updates after repairing XP

    We received reports today that some Windows XP customers haven’t been able to install updates from Windows Update/Microsoft Update with the latest version of the Windows Update client. We are only seeing this issue when users have performed a “repair” on their Windows XP installation. I wanted to take...
  • 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: 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: 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: Response to recent web posts [updated]

    A quick note regarding automatic update settings getting changed... We have been hearing some questions recently regarding Tuesday’s update release changing automatic updating settings. We have received some logs from customers, and have so far been able to determine that their AU settings were...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Update for Windows Update

    Hi All, Please be aware that beginning next month, we will start an upgrade to the Windows Update and Microsoft Update services. As a part of the service upgrade, an update to the Windows Update and Automatic Updates client code will be required. We will start this infrastructure update in late...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Package Clarification

    Hi Folks, We’ve been noticing some questions regarding the recent update for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 titled “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update (KB951847)”. This update includes a full family update for .NET Framework bringing versions 2.0 and...
  • 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...