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  1. Tabvla

    Tabvla Thread Starter

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    Microsoft Windows and Office Update Terminology


    With respect to updates Microsoft used to use the terms "Critical", "Important", "Recommended", "Optional".

    I have noticed that the terminology now appears to be restricted to only two terms - "Important" and "Optional". Does this mean that "Critical" is included in "Important" and "Recommended" is included in "Optional"...?

    It is irritating to note that a Search of Microsoft for clarification of update terminology only makes things less clear. The Microsoft document that describes update terminology does not even mention the terms "Important", "Recommended" or "Optional". The article can be viewed here: -

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/824684/

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  2. valis

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    I'm not understanding the question. Your link clearly shows critical updates on the list.
     
  3. Tabvla

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    Valis, apologies if my question was not clear.

    For the past several months all the updates that I have seen on W8.1 machines have been termed either "Important" or "Optional". If I look back over the past 6 months of History I cannot see a single "Critical" update.

    That has me just a little worried.

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    If an update is marked as "Important" or "Recommended" or "Critical", it probably should be installed.

    If it's marked as "Optional", it's your choice if you want or need it.

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    I've never used Windows 8.1, so I don't know how it marks its updates.

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  5. Tabvla

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    Frank, thanks for your reply. And yes of course I agree with you.

    The question that I have is that if I look at Update History, not a single update is marked as "Critical" for the past 6 months.

    That does not seem right to me.

    If you have access to a fully updated W8.1 machine then perhaps you could open Windows Update and look at the History and tell me if you see what I am seeing - all the updates for the past 6 months have been either Important, Recommended or Optional - not a single one is marked as Critical.

    Can that be right..... :confused:

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    I can see what you are saying. Wondered about it too. But have not done any research into the change.

    Important, Recommended and Optional are the only items shown.
     
  7. Tabvla

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    Joe, thanks for your reply.

    Would be really grateful if other Forum Members could check the Update History for the past 6 months and see if any of the updates are rated "Critical".

    EXAMPLE April 2015 MS Updates.

    On my personal computers running W8.1 I received the following April updates: -

    0 - Critical
    17 - Important
    0 - Recommended
    3 - Optional

    However, if I check the MS TechNet site, there are 4 updates listed there as "Critical" - all supposedly for W8.1.... :confused:

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  8. Cookiegal

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    Please provide a link to where you're checking on the TechNet web site.

    I checked my History for the past 12 months and there are no critical updates, only important, recommended and optional.

    For the April updates, you specified for the 15th but later said April updates so are you talking about all of April or only ones received on the 15th?

    On the 15th I got 19 important and 1 optional. Of course it's going to depend on what software you have as many of those important updates were for my Office 2010 programs.
     
  9. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I think these updates are not always rated the same on all systems so that's probably why they label it "important" and you have to read the description to see if it's actually critical or not.
     
  10. Tabvla

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    Cookiegal thank you for your reply..... response below.

    1. TechNet Link - https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/ms15-apr.aspx

    Correction to previous post re TechNet - apologies for typo Should read ".... 4 x Critical for this software : 2 x W8.1, 1 x W7, 1 x Office ...."

    2. I only received updates on the 15th. So in this sense, 15th and all of April is synonymous.

    The update categories were as follows: -

    W8.1 - 8
    MS Office - 3
    IE - 2
    .NET - 2
    MSR - 1

    Hope the above clarifies my original post and apologies for any ambiguity.

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  11. Cookiegal

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    I received updates in April on the 6th, 7TH 14th, 15th and 17th.

    If I look at updates history it doesn't really coincide with what I see when I look at installed updates but I'm not really inclined to spend more time trying to figure it out. I assume everything is in order.
     
  12. Tabvla

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    Yes, I suppose you are correct.... perhaps one should not be overly concerned.

    If it is simply a matter of sloppy terminology by MS then that is OK. But it still makes me feel uncomfortable.

    What if some malware on a system was programmed to block all MS Critical updates but allow all other updates... ? That might sound a little bit "Starwars" but personally (having been a programmer for many years) I believe that a computer can be programmed to perform any task - except make a decent cup of Java... :)

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  13. Cookiegal

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    I think that's a little farfetched but since you were concerned (and that's OK) it doesn't hurt to ask and seeing that others have the same should belay those concerns since we don't all have malware. :)

    Besides there would be an indication somewhere of failed updates. :)
     
  14. Tabvla

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    Cookiegal, you are right of course. Normally I am quite laid-back about Life in general.... but when it comes to online security I have become quite paranoid. I have seen many peoples digital worlds destroyed by just one unwary click.

    And thanks for saying that it does not hurt to ask what othesr are seeing..... and thanks for your insight... (y)

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    You're welcome Tabvla. :)
     
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