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Many Updates on Patch Tuesday
June 14 was Patch Tuesday, featuring a huge whack of updates from Microsoft. Besides everything else, Adobe wants you to update your FlashPlayer. It’s important to keep your computer up to date. These patches provide security and stability fixes.
If you need to know how to get Windows Update working the way you want, our friends at 7Tutorials have a good article here for Windows 7. The process is much the same for Vista. You can watch a demo from Microsoft here. XP users have a different set of hoops to jump through. Start here.
If you already have a recent version of Adobe FlashPlayer installed, you will likely be prompted to install the update. If you’re not sure, you can download the installer directly from the Adobe site. Accept the license agreement, click on Install, and wait a minute for the confirmation. If you have Internet Explorer AND Firefox on your computer, you’ll need to update the FlashPlayer for both.
I know this can be confusing, and that’s why I recommend using the Secunia Online Scanner, here. It will compare the version of certain programs on your computer against its database of programs, and identify which ones need to be updated on your computer. It will provide a link to the legitimate download location. I recommend the online version, not the “Personal Software Inspector.” I have used and recommended the Online Scanner for years. I signed up to have Secunia send me an email whenever their database is updated. When I get an email, I know I need to scan.
Vista should be at Service Pack 2
A Service Pack is a combination of fixes and enhancements to Windows. Currently, Vista is at Service Pack 2. If you have not installed any Service Packs on your Windows Vista system, you are not current, and that could come back to bite you. Microsoft support for Vista with Service Pack 1 ends July 11, 2011.
“End of support” means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, fixes, or technical support for operating systems below the required Service Pack level. If you are running Vista with Service Pack 2, you are up to date, and should continue to receive updates and support.
I explained in this column how to know what version of Windows, including the service pack, your computer is running. Service Pack 2 for Vista was released in 2008. It’s stable. You should install it if you haven’t already. If you are running Vista with NO service packs, you need to install SP1 before you install SP2.
Before you install a service pack, you should take the time to read this and this. Pay attention to the “Before you begin” section!
How to check for and install Windows Updates in Windows 7 http://www.7tutorials.com/how-check-install-windows-updates
Install Windows Updates (Vista) http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Install-Windows-updates
Microsoft Safety and Security Center (XP) http://www.microsoft.com/security/default.aspx
Download Adobe FlashPlayer http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
Secunia Online Scanner http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/
Vista Service Packs are important http://rlis.com/columns/column243.htm
How to obtain the latest Windows Vista Service Pack http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935791/en-us
Learn how to install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Learn-how-to-install-Windows-Vista-Service-Pack-1-SP1
Learn how to install Windows Vista Service Pack 2 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Learn-how-to-install-Windows-Vista-Service-Pack-2-SP2
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