Be Ready For Patch Tuesday

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Your computer will restart tonight. Close your programs, save your open files, leave the computer running. Your computer will restart in the middle of the night. (If it doesn’t seem to have restarted, look for the update icon by the clock and see if it’s waiting for permission to install the updates or to restart.)

It’s a particularly big crop of updates this month, by some measures the most vulnerabilities ever fixed in a single Patch Tuesday release. Here’s an article summarizing the updates, and here’s the official Microsoft bulletin.

The updates affect virtually everyone – all flavors of Windows and Office, servers and workstations.

I’ll be checking for problems and then updating client servers – perhaps as soon as this weekend.

If you have any problems or side effects, let me know. Remember, installing security updates for Windows and Office is the first rule of safe computing. Be safe out there!