Later on this year, Microsoft will be releasing an update for the Remote Desktop Client on Windows 7. Actually, the update will be upgrading the protocol to version 8.0 and adding new capabilities that integrate with Windows Server 2012 Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). Windows Server 2012 powers the back-end of Microsoft VDI.
August’s Patch Tuesday is an important one, I would say critical! Patch Tuesday is usually the second Tuesday of each month, on which Microsoft releases security patches. A security fix or enhancement will be released which will block all applications that use cryptographic keys less than 1024 bits.
To further reduce the risk of unauthorized exposure of sensitive information, Microsoft has created a software update that will be released for the following operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. This update will block the use of cryptographic keys that are less than 1024 bits.
To read more and find the issues that you may encounter after applying this update go here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/pki/archive/2012/06/12/…d.aspx
Although, you might have enabled Windows Updates to download and install the latest security patches automatically, it is a good practice to occasionally analyze your system against a baseline. Microsoft has a free tool that allows you to scan your computer and checks for compliance with Microsoft’s security recommendations.
The Windows Update tool will allow you to configure how Windows 7 deals with important updates, such as allowing standard users to install updates, frequency at which updates are checked, etc. To be able to configure Windows Update you need administrative privileges and to load the tool click on the Change Settings item from control panel. The available settings are explained below:
Windows Update allows software updates related to the operating system, default and other Microsoft applications such as WordPad and Office, to be downloaded automatically to clients running Windows 7. To configure Windows Update to automatically download and install these updates follow the steps below:
Although most Windows 7 users go to Control Panel to configure basic Windows Updates settings, it is worth noting that from the Local Group Policy Editor you can further fine tune Windows Updates with additional settings that are not found in the Control Panel.
Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Windows (KB976932) fails to install on a 32 bit Windows 7 Enterprise edition with an error message 0x800f0826. This is an important update and a successful installation of SP1 is much desired, however, this was not the case for many users. In this procedure I am going to show you the steps I took to find what was causing this failure and the workaround I used to overcome the unknown error – 0x800f0826 while installing SP1 on a virtual machine.