Microsoft Update Product Team Blog

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Microsoft Update Product Team Blog

  • 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...
  • Windows Live Essentials on Microsoft Update

    Hi All, As you may have heard, Windows Live Essentials 2011 has been released. It will be available through Windows Update (WU) in the coming weeks, starting October 19th. This software upgrade will only be offered to users who have enabled updating...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Windows Update Agent Update rolling out over the next couple of months

    Hi everyone, Over the next couple of months we’ll be rolling out another infrastructure update to the Windows Update agent (client code). This update makes it possible for users to install more than 80 updates at the same time. For more information...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Upcoming updates for Windows 7 RC

    Hi all, Starting on May 12 th , we will begin a verification of some update scenarios on Windows 7 RC (build 7100), similar to the update verification we did for Windows 7 Beta (build 7000). We need to verify the update infrastructure to ensure...
  • Keeping Windows 7 Beta up-to-date with Microsoft Update and Windows Update

    Hi Everyone! As you may have heard, we recently released Windows 7 Beta. We’re very excited about this release and want to make sure you know how we’re going to support Windows 7 Beta with Windows Update and Microsoft Update. The first thing we...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rollout start and client availability

    Hi Folks - Noticed a little confusion from our blog post yesterday regarding the Windows Update Agent Update availability. Last night's blog post was to give you some lead time before we started rolling out and making our standalone WUA update available...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Microsoft Update Catalog v1 is Live!

    I am excited to announce that we have released version 1.0 of the Microsoft Update Catalog ! With the new Catalog, you can search for updates available through the Microsoft Update service and download them to your machine (regardless of whether the update...
  • New Product Families - Windows 7

    Yesterday a new product category for Windows 7 Client was published to Windows Update and was made available to WSUS (another one for Windows 7 Server should be appearing soon as well). As with all of our other new product categories, this is for Microsoft...
  • .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...
  • 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 .
  • Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisite Releases

    Hi all, This week we're releasing two more prerequisites for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 that will be coming later this quarter. We wanted to let you know about them because they are both marked as Important updates (and they’re a little different...
  • 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...