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Microsoft releases yet another batch of Windows security updates

On usually the second Tuesday of every month, Microsoft releases security patches for its Windows operating systems and other software. This trend was started by Microsoft ten years ago and it highlights the company’s attempts at providing customers a secure computing environment with its products. However, if your Windows-based PC is not configured to automatically download and install the updates or you do not perform it manually, the computer will remain vulnerable to the security risks.

Let’s check out the security updates for March 2012 and the steps you need to take to install these patches.

Security patches for March

As part of the March Patch Tuesday release, Microsoft will issue updates for a critical security bug that has been identified in Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 7. The bug could provide a gateway to hackers for remote code execution. In addition to this security flaw, bugs have also been found that could lead to Denial of Service (DoS) attacks in Windows and escalation of privileges in Visual Studio.

An updated version of the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool will also be released on Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services, and the Download Center. After the updates are released, Microsoft holds a webcast on the next day to answer queries about the security bulletins.

How to install Windows 7 security updates

  1. Click the ‘Start’ button and in the search box, enter ‘Update’. In the list of the results, click ‘Windows Update’.
  2. Now in the left hand side pane, click ‘Check for updates’. Windows will look for the latest updates for your PC.
  3. In case, there are updates available, a message will be flashed informing you about them. Click the message to view and select the updates to be installed.
  4. In the list, click the updates to get more information about them. Select the check boxes for any updates that you want to install, and then click ‘OK’.
  5. Click ‘Install updates’.


Turn on automatic updating of Windows 7

It’s better to configure your Windows 7 PC to automatically download and install security patches as and when they are released by Microsoft. This ensures increased computer security. Here’s how you can turn on or off automatic updating of Windows 7.

  1. Click the ‘Start’ button and in the search box, type ‘Update’. In the results shown, click ‘Windows Update’.
  2. Click ‘Change settings’ in the left pane.
  3. Under ‘Important updates’, select the option that you want from the following: Install updates automatically (recommended); Download updates but let me choose whether to install them; Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them; Never check for updates (not recommended).
  4. To schedule your automatic updates, next to ‘Install new updates’, select the day and time you want updates to occur.
  5. To get recommended updates for your computer, choose the ‘Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates’ check box under ‘Recommended updates’.
  6. Click ‘OK’. If you are asked for an administrator password or confirmation, enter the password or confirm the news settings.


Check the Windows updates that are installed

  1. Click the ‘Start’ button and in the search box type ‘Update’, and then click ‘Windows Update’.
  2. Now in the left pane, click ‘View update history’.


This will offer you information about the Windows updates that have been installed on your PC.

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