Windows Vista reliability & performance update preview release available today

Today we have released an update preview release for Windows Vista on the Microsoft Download Center.  Today’s update release preview is targeted toward improving reliability and performance in Windows Vista.  The Windows Serviceability Team is releasing this preview to get customer feedback before our planned Windows Update release (expected to be in January).  Today’s update preview release is…

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Office 2007 SP1 Update Availability

  Hi folks – Posting this as I’ve noted just a little bit of confusion with how Office 2007 SP1 is made available for download after it’s release yesterday.  As you know, Office 2007 SP1 was released yesterday to Microsoft Update, and to WSUS as part of the Tues, Dec 11th release.    As planned,…

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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 Photo Gallery Beta users. The RTM version of…

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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 issues, and bugs in the…

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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 not changed by any changes to the AU client itself…

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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.  A new product category called HealthVault Connection Center…

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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 a minute and let folks know what we know…

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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:  Windows Update is designed to help…

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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 Vista operating systems. 2.     Messenger Installation and…

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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, and RSS feeds in one place. This program combines elements of…

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