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Microsoft Update
Originally Published: July 14, 2005

Most users of Windows operating systems are familiar with Windows Update. For those that might not be familiar with Windows Update, Microsoft states in the Help and Support Center, "Windows Update scans your computer for outdated system files and lets you replace them with the most recent versions." Since Windows Update first appeared it has gone through a number of changes. While Windows Update is still alive, well, and available to help users keep their systems currently updated, take a look at the screen capture below and you'll see there is a new option available; Microsoft Update.

In the past with Windows Update, updates were broken down into three categories; High Priority, Software, and Hardware, but all three categories applied directly to the operating system itself and installed hardware. Microsoft Update expands the coverage or scope of the available updates. Clicking the Microsoft Update link in Windows Update takes you to the new Microsoft Update area shown below. As the Welcome Screen states, rather than being limited to the three categories mentioned above, Microsoft Update includes updates for Windows, Office, and other Microsoft applications. I figured it was worth a look so I went ahead and clicked the Start Now button. What I found is continued in the following sections.

 

Microsoft Update - Installing     //     Microsoft Update - Usage Overview

 

 

 

 

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Create A Personalized Boot Logo Screen

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- Reminder -

For many months now I've been posting a reminder about 'Patch Tuesday' or 'Second Tuesday' as it has come to be known when Microsoft releases the latest round of updates for Windows XP and other products.

As always, I strongly suggest you read about any update prior to installation, especially updates carrying a less than 'Critical' rating, and have a current system and data backup available in case it's necessary to restore the system to a pre-patch condition.

More info at Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification

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