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marlauca microsoft updates and hotfixes
Member 9th Jun, 2010 14:33
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Does PSI look for and show critical and important missing Microsoft updates? I ran a scan and it showed only that Google Chrome needed updating. When I ran Belarc Advisor there were 15 Microsoft updates missing.

taffy078 RE: microsoft updates and hotfixes
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Hi. Have you got your PC set to receive MS updates automatically?

If you have, it might just be a matter of timing. I scanned this morning (Secunia) & got 100% but a few minutes later after I installed the new TP version of Secunia, it showed a few problems and then clicking on the Resolve Solution button for a .NET issue, I got the full 18 MS updates.



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TiMow RE: microsoft updates and hotfixes
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PSI is a vulnerability checker and not an update checker.
When it finds an insecurity on your PC, if, according to its detection rules, there is a vendor patch (update) available, it will direct you to the vendor site (via Download Solution), so you can update/patch.

Any other program updates that are not flagged by PSI as insecure/vulnerable, will not be notified.

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marlauca RE: microsoft updates and hotfixes
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Thanks for the suggestion. Microsoft updates is turned off. Search for Brian Livingston article in Windows Secrets. He does recommend other ways of getting the updates. PSI is one of them along with Belarc. I only used PSI until I began to doubt that my computer was completely up to date, which I'm sure it's not. So why does PSI not find any outstanding updates?
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TiMow RE: microsoft updates and hotfixes
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In the light of the release of PSI Auto-Update Technology Preview (TP) today, the content of my post above, may now not be wholly accurate.

Apologies for any misinformation.

TiMow

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Anthony Wells RE: microsoft updates and hotfixes
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Normally , a full scan is needed to to show any programmes needing an M$/Windows update . It is not necessary to have "Automatic" updates enabled , but in that case , it means you will have to manually run your/a full PSI scan to see what PSI is finding . Obviously PSI must be able to connect to the update site :ie: no firewall or browser blocking .

After updating a reboot a and full scan are needed for PSI to recognise the updates . In fact you may need to do this more than once .

I always use Belarc to double check M$ and Secunia .

Hope this helps .

Anthony

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