Updates Available

May 2, 2013

If you have used a Windows computer anytime in the last 12 years, then you have had little icons in the bottom right hand corner of your screen telling you that an update is available.  Not only that but you see them all the time!  Here are the most common updates and what you should do about them:

 

  • Microsoft Updates.  Once a month, Microsoft releases updates and patches for Windows, Office and other products.  If a serious security flaw is discovered during another part of the month, then Microsoft may have an additional release of updates instead of waiting until their time of the month.  Except for rare circumstances, we recommend you go ahead and install Microsoft updates – this will include a restart.
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  • Java.  A little orange square with a white cup of coffee indicates an update for Java.  Java isn’t a particular program, rather it is a programming language used by other programs.  This is updated all the time because security holes are often found.  Instead of clicking on this icon and getting the update, we recommend you go to the web site java.com and click on the big red button to get the most recent Java.  CAUTION: part way through the installation process it defaults to a check box that will install other software with it – it is not needed and we recommend not installing it.
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  • Adobe: A little red square with the Adobe icon indicates updates are available for one or more Adobe programs on your computer – Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Pro, etc.  Go ahead and click the icon and install the update.  CAUTION: part way through the installation process it defaults to a check box that will install other software with it – it is not needed and we recommend not installing it.

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Those are the most common but there are others.  Would you like to not worry about this?  Emerson Technologies performs automated maintenance on workstations (laptops & desktops) and all these and many other updates are included.  Give us a call to find out how we can ensure your organization is covered.

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