Quote: Originally Posted by alexm
I have not been one to d/l all security updates. I have generally relied on secunia oa line check for security patches. that with java Issues has become funky, so I was wondering If belarc Is specific to my machine?? thanks
As previously stated, Belarc is reputable but as with most 3rd party software, it has certain limitations. For example, Belarc maintains a listing of previously released Microsoft patches, hot fixes, etc for various operating systems. It compares the known releases to what is actually installed on any given machine. It then generates a report that shows what is missing from that machine. It does not distinguish between a patch that caused problems and was deliberately left uninstalled vs a patch that the user just forgot to install.
Personally, I prefer using Windows Update to keep track of whether or not there are new updates available for my machine. Windows Update Settings - Change
Depending on how many updates might be available, I prefer to install just a few at a time and keep track of the KB numbers. I'll reboot the computer after each group is installed and run the machine for a while to make sure all is OK. If it is, I'll install the next group and keep doing that until all available updates have been installed. If any problems occur, I'll know exactly which group of updates to uninstall. I can then install one at a time, reboot, and use the computer. If no problems I'll install the next update. They'll either all install OK or I'll know which specific update is causing the problems. My method is a lot slower but has served me well over the years. Others may disagree.