Monday, July 21, 2014

Microsoft Urges Users To Install Windows 8.1 Update To Receive New Patches

If you have not updated your operating system with the latest Windows 8.1 update, you may not be lucky enough to receive the latest patches from Microsoft intended to fix the vulnerabilities associated with Internet Explorer. Among the seven different bulletins, the major one is aimed to fix IE issues and others are for addressing the 59 other vulnerabilities.

One of the questions on Microsoft Security Blog made by Dustin Childs was "Does a vulnerability make a sound if it never gets exploited?" To this, the software giant responded, "When we become aware of a potential security issue, we work to fix it regardless of whether or not it is under active attack. In other words, it doesn't matter if that falling tree makes a noise; we still have an action to take." Keep in mind that there were a large number of queries regarding the new patches.

Windows Vista help center says the update is not for all. The software giant has made it clear that only those users who have installed the Windows 8.1 update released in April could install the new patches. The last date for enterprise customers to update the operating system with the update is August 12. Within this date, they should upgrade their operating systems from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1U. At first, Microsoft had set this period to be 5 weeks. However, due to large pressure from various corners, the company decided to extend this date further by three weeks. It was May 13 then. However, it was further extended to June 10 before the end of the stipulated date.

According to Windows Vista help center, the new set of patches has 59 CVEs. Out of these 59 CVEs, 21 are to fix bugs in Internet Explorer 8. As you cannot compromise on the security of your internet browser, it is important that you upgrade your operating system with the Windows 8.1 Update and then install these updates. The new update is available to download from the official website of Microsoft. Once you install these updates, your operating system could receive all future updates without any restrictions.

After the end of support for Windows XP, many customers had updated their computers with Windows 8 operating system. However, with the release of Windows 8.1, which was made available free to the Windows 8 users, many of them upgraded to it. Now, this is the latest in the series of updates, which is mandatory for the smooth running of the operating system.  

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