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Windows 7: March 8th 2016 Security Update Release Summary

10 Mar 2016   #41
CarlSD

Win 7 Professional 64 (Main PC)/Win 7 Home Premium 32 (Laptop)
 
 

Well, I've just installed this month's updates on my main PC. Took about 10-15 minutes of searching before they showed up.

I've installed all of them except the IE security update, (another) Windows Update Client, Malicious Software Removal Tool and the infamous KB2952664 which reappeared for what seems like the hundredth time. All hidden.

In fact, I've now gone into Programs and Features and removed Internet Explorer. Yep, I know that doesn't really remove it - just kinda 'hides' it. But, that's better than nothing since I never use it anyway. I received a nice caution that it might affect other programs but I'll bet it's only MS ones. The only program that seems affected was Windows Media Player which behaved like I was opening it for the first time (asking for preferences, etc.) but it was OK after that.

Meanwhile, my nearly 10 year old HP laptop is still grinding away "Checking for updates...". Been at it for nearly an hour now. I think it took nearly 3 hours for last month's updates to show up and about another hour after that to download and install them. No matter... I have infinite patience. I'll just leave it while I keep checking to see if everything is still OK on the main PC (I have Macrium Reflect to save me).


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11 Mar 2016   #42
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

So does everyone always install the security updates - are they safe for those of us going out of our way to avoid win10
Apart from the latest IE11 security update it seems.

Also I don't see any mention of kb3138612 which was among the 19 I got - its not listed as a security update and is in the important list what is it ?
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11 Mar 2016   #43
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ididntdoit View Post
So does everyone always install the security updates - are they safe for those of us going out of our way to avoid win10
Apart from the latest IE11 security update it seems.

Also I don't see any mention of kb3138612 which was among the 19 I got - its not listed as a security update and is in the important list what is it ?
KB3138612 "contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1" and since it's offered for Server also it likely has no W10-specific "threats" therein. I installed it some days ago to no ill effect.

I updated also the IE11 cumulative security update which apparently has some mechanism inside to display a W10 banner, but only with KB3123862 installed. I did not install 3123862, which is very clearly a W10 item, so don't see any new banners in IE11 which I do use quite a lot.
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11 Mar 2016   #44
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ididntdoit View Post
So does everyone always install the security updates - are they safe for those of us going out of our way to avoid win10
Apart from the latest IE11 security update it seems.

Also I don't see any mention of kb3138612 which was among the 19 I got - its not listed as a security update and is in the important list what is it ?
To help in your decision making when you are staring at the list of important updates.

Click on any update to highlight it, it can be checked off or not, then move your arrow cursor to the "More Information" link near the bottom of the right hand info pane and click on that.
If you are using a browser other than Internet Explorer [IE], IE will open by default to the page that relates to the update you highlighted.

Most, but not all related pages will have a link similar to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-026 at the top, you can click on that to find more detailed information.
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11 Mar 2016   #45
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Off to check if I have 3123862
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11 Mar 2016   #46
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Yep I do that Anak but the descriptions are usually either vague or I don't understand them, and so I look here and listen to people who do
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11 Mar 2016   #47
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Okay wasn't sure. Don't feel bad, a lot of users are in the same boat; The good ship, UnderstandablyVague.
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11 Mar 2016   #48
ididntdoit

Windows 7 professional
 
 

ok I have 2 pcs and 1 of them has kb3123862 so that is ok for me to get rid of then is it
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11 Mar 2016   #49
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Even if your two machines are networked they are two separate operating systems [OS] Depending on if you want to keep 3862, you need to install it onto the machine that doesn't have it.
If you want to get rid of it, you need to remove it from the one that does.
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11 Mar 2016   #50
4wd

W7, W8.1
 
 

Clear message in pcworld
Quote:
packaging Windows 10 upgrade prompts in a security update is a terrible idea and a breach of user trust
Microsoft slips Windows 10 upgrade ads into Internet Explorer security patch | PCWorld
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