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Old April 10th, 2011 (5:25 PM).
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Microsoft does this thing called Patch Tuesday to fix flaws with its software – and next week we can expect the biggest Patch Tuesday of all time.

The April 2011 release will contain fixes for 64 flaws. The most number of flaws fixed before then was 49 in October of last year, according to Maximum PC.
Most of the updates are to fix certain aspects of the Windows operating system, as well as Internet Explorer, Visual Studio, the .NET Framework and MS Office.

All 64 fixes are worked into 17 “bulletins” with nine categorized as being critical. You should definitely download these when Tuesday rolls around – consider yourselves warned.

Why? Every time I speak with security experts, they always tell me some of the biggest problems with people’s computers is that they don’t update their software.

Software updates are always coming out – not just for Windows – but for other web browsers, plug-ins, and third-party programs.

Some of the plug-ins, in particular, can leave your computer’s back door open more than a 7/11’s.

It’s easy to set Windows Update to automatically do most of this “update” work for you. If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, hit the Windows button then type in ‘Windows Update.’

Then, on the left, click on ‘Change settings’ and select ‘Install updates automatically.’ Be sure to set a date and time when your computer will be on so that the updates can actually be installed.

It's important to know that you shouldn't be alarmed by Tuesday - it's basically a dentist giving you a new toothbrush and floss so that you don't get any cavities.

Do you use automatic updates? Why or why not?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets
Are you going to use these updates, or do you think that they will/may cause more issues? Discuss, si'l vous plait.

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As for me, I intend to, seeing as I like to keep my computer updated. But, if there is an IE9 update, I am skipping it. I hate IE and I never, ever use it. Ever.
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Lol, I guess Im going to do theese. If there is a IE9 update, maybe they'll do new back/redo stuff, honestly its uglier and worst then the previous.
I started using IE again a while ago, so yeah xD
yeah I tried firefox, opera, google chrome, and many others
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    I've heard the new IE is actually pretty good.

    I hope all those updates aren't huge, I can deal if they're 60+ little bug patches but if they're updates to existing programs or something I will not be happy.
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    I rarely use my Windows partition...maybe once or twice a month...and I update it even less than that XD so this probably won't affect me to much...
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    Yeah, I'll definitely be updating as I too like to keep my computer up to date. 60+ seems like a lot though. o__O
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    Old April 10th, 2011 (7:22 PM).
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    This doesn't sound that bad, I've been through installing 90+ updates on windows before. There's a possibility that I'll be updating, I'm just a bit concerned about what may happen after I install the updates.
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    The chances of something going wrong with your computer because of a routine security update are minimal. It's not like you're updating major versions or adding new features, it's just a patch for a security hole. You won't even notice these updates, even if there are 60 of them. I highly doubt they will cause any issues. :/
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    The chances of something going wrong with your computer because of a routine security update are minimal. It's not like you're updating major versions or adding new features, it's just a patch for a security hole. You won't even notice these updates, even if there are 60 of them. I highly doubt they will cause any issues. :/
    You'd be surprised. What made me go to Vista wasn't my choice. I tried installing an XP service pack when it was still XP, but something screwed it up and it wouldn't boot correctly. I think I'm going to make a restore point tonight just in case something does screw up.

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    You'd be surprised. What made me go to Vista wasn't my choice. I tried installing an XP service pack when it was still XP, but something screwed it up and it wouldn't boot correctly. I think I'm going to make a restore point tonight just in case something does screw up.

    Just to be safe.
    Service packs and updates are a totally different deal, though. Do a restore point, sure. But providing the power isn't cut during the updates, all should be fine.
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    Newsflash: this is anything but news.

    These monthly update rollouts (and large ones, particularly since last year) have been happening for ages. There's little point in ignoring them, and for most people, they're installing without further prompt or notification anyway. Why choose now to spread unnecessary FUD about how a security update will maul your (poorly maintained) computer?
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    Yeah, pretty much what Jake said. This is just pointless FUD. Unless you're a large business, there's no reason not to keep up to date on your updates.
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    I will get these updates as they are SECURITY UPDATES. You do not skip out on those, as they are only patching security holes and are not adding functionality. Service packs are a whole different animal.

    Also, IE 9 is already out in a recommended security update for Windows 7 anyways. I would also like to note that it is also much faster than IE 8 was from a cold start, and the browser it most resembles is Chrome.
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    if there is an IE9 update, I am skipping it. I hate IE and I never, ever use it. Ever.
    IE is tied in to your internet security settings and a lot of programs use it for various purposes. Refusing to update it because you don't start it is an uninformed move.
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    IE is tied in to your internet security settings and a lot of programs use it for various purposes. Refusing to update it because you don't start it is an uninformed move.
    What I meant was like, downloading the update for upgrading IE8 to IE9. I'll do any security patches, but not get IE9. It'd be a waste of space.
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    What I meant was like, downloading the update for upgrading IE8 to IE9. I'll do any security patches, but not get IE9. It'd be a waste of space.
    IE9 is much better than you think it is.
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    What I meant was like, downloading the update for upgrading IE8 to IE9. I'll do any security patches, but not get IE9. It'd be a waste of space.
    I meant exactly what I said. IE is tied into your security settings and used by a number of programs for web connectivity. You really ought to upgrade, it's not like it takes any more space than IE8.
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