Update now! Microsoft unloads Windows and Office
www.office.com/setup With the most atrocious errors out of the way, now is a good time to get caught up in the latest batch of Microsoft fixes
March may not be T.S. Eliot’s cruelest month, but for Windows and Office customers, it was amazing.
www.office.com/setup Blogs: While the February patches came in with little anguish, you should be very cautious about patching this time. And with the Creator Update ready to attack in less than two weeks, now is a good time to make sure your Win 10 automatic updates are removed.
Re-infection as a service
There are a handful of strange updates floating around right now, but two are worthy of your attention:
The previous snooping patch of Windows 7 and 8.1, KB 3150513, has returned. As I explained in my InfoWorld article last week:
The best I can say is that KB 3150513 is only useful for Windows users who want to update immediately to the new update of Windows 10 Creators, which expires in a few weeks … I can not imagine why anyone, apart from the employees of Microsoft and the Cloistered Troglodytes – I would install the Creator Update on the first day.
There is a patch for the Android MediaTek device driver, “Microsoft – WPD – 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM – 5.2.5326.4762″, which has been republished and apparently works this time. I see no reason to install the new driver on Win7 or 8.1 machines unless you plan to directly upgrade a Win7 or 8.1 to Win10 machine.
With that as a preamble, this is what I recommend:
Follow my advice on installing Win10 updates. You may want to use wushowhide to hide driver updates. If you have Word 2016 and use it for the Equation Editor or MathType, avoid the patch KB 3178674. All other updates should be fine, including updates to the service stack, updates to Office, MSRT or .Net (there will be no many and you may not see any). Be sure to take note of the recommendation in that article to report any problems you may encounter.
Windows 7 and 8.1
You must choose whether you want to install security-only updates or get everything Microsoft has to offer, including “telemetry” patches, by using the monthly cumulative package. If you are in Group A (the monthly summary group), the update is easy. If you are in Group B (those who do not want Microsoft to sniff), your life is considerably more complex. I provide details in my patchocalypse article.
For those in Group A: office com setup
Step A2: look for updates. Back in the Control Panel, under Windows Update, click on the link to Check for updates. (You may have to click on Check for updates a second time.