For those that have not been getting the automatic updates, or perhaps have a firewall that is blocking virtually everything (such as a fully protected Comodo firewall! yay!), there is a security and reliability update available – one that does not necessarily show up when you look and compare the KB article number with what you have installed.

My machine has been kept up, as I do install after checking the updates for a day or two – but still it was annoying to download the update and be told it was already there, due to a naming problem. It never hurts to be safe, and since the download is less than 10MB, it should present no problem, and may help you if you missed it.

Since it is not triggering the Updates mechanism, I did not get any notification, and became aware from an article on gHacks

Microsoft has released a stability and reliability update for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which fix a number of issues in both operating systems. The issues that have been fixed in the update are:

  • Windows Explorer crashes and then restarts when you access a third-party Control Panel item.
  • You cannot connect to an instance of SQL Server Analysis Services from an application in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2 after you install Office Live Add-in 1.4 or Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant 6.5.
  • Windows Explorer may stop responding for 30 seconds when a file or a directory is created or renamed after certain applications are installed.
  • The Welcome screen may be displayed for 30 seconds when you try to log on to a computer if you set the desktop background to a solid color.
  • You are not warned when you delete more than 1000 files at the same time. Then, the files are deleted permanently and are not moved to the Recycle Bin.

The update is available on Windows Update and directly from the Microsoft website. Below are the download links:

The downloads require a genuine operating system. Additional information are provided at the update’s Knowledge Base article.

Thanks to gHacks for the heads up, and if you, like me, find that it is not needed, at least you are sure of the fact your machine is up to date.

Are any of you suffering with a problem with Windows 7 that has not been addressed by the released updates? I got rid of one with the last set of updates about 3 weeks ago, but gained one in the process – since the new one doesn’t occur as frequently, I suppose that I’m ahead of the game.

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