Tomorrow is Patch Tuesday and this one’s a big one. Microsoft is releasing a dozen updates that will address a whopping 57 security holes. So chances are, this just means another Manic Wednesday for some users.
Some tips to help avoid bumps on Patch Tuesday:
- When you leave for the day, close any programs or files you’re working on. Running applications, un-saved files, etc. can all affect the Windows Update process, especially come time to shutdown/reboot.
- Ensure your computer is running on a stable power source + an Uninterruptible Power Supply. Even just a slight sag in power can have a major impact on a system. It’s just not worth it to not protect your data with a battery backup.
- If you see Windows Updates in progress when rebooting or when powering-on, be patient. Sometimes it can take 5, 10, even 15+ minutes to “chew” on all of these updates.
Don’t forget to patch your other applications as well, such as Acrobat Reader, Flash, etc. Java should be fully removed unless absolutely required. If you’d like to have The Computer Peeps handle automatic patch management for you, as well as complete system monitoring, we offer those services on a monthly basis with no contracts. Whether it’s us, you, or another tech, someone needs to be patching your systems.
What are you doing for patch management at your consignment store? Comment below if you have any questions!
Edit 2/11/2012 6:46 PM EST: Fixed a typo.