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 ongoing…


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 post, the upgrade will take several…


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 August, and it…


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 people are experiencing. We also want to…


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 28th, we announced the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows…


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 8. It can be installed just…


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 those of…


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 for your hardware and devices.  Microsoft Update offers…


.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 greater, up to version 3.5 SP1, as well as…


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.