Windows Patches Are A Key As Microsoft Dominates Desktop
With the millions of Microsoft products on desktops across the world, it makes sense that Windows patches are installed on time, every time they are needed. In just the last month alone, the laptop this story is being written on has been updated by Microsoft Windows patches at least three or four times.
Perhaps it should be explained that the three or four Windows patches actually consist of several pieces of software and the one Windows patch series may actually consist of five or six or more Windows patches.
When you think about it it, it makes absolute sense that Windows patches are distributed quickly just because it is the machine of record, if you will, at so many companies and firms.
Indeed, when you access Facebook in the morning, if your machine has not been given a key Windows patch the night before, provided one was needed, something that you expected to work may freeze or may work and freeze.
For example, right now we are waiting for a Windows patch for version of Word. The patch is needed because after a certain amount of time, Word and the version of Windows that is used, Vista, fail to agree on something and the Word processor stops and any work is lost.
Imagine that happening to a large portion of the Web or Internet tomorrow. In short order, you would have the development labs at Microsoft finding the answer to the problem and by the end of the day or two at the most there would be an automatic Windows patch update available.
The way Windows patches are installed is somewhat different than other systems. Where Symantec simply installs the new run time module and code, with Windows patches you have a multi-step process.
The Windows patch process begins with a download from the manufacturer. Indeed, if there are several Windows patches to be installed – and your machine is set up for automatic installation – the Windows patch is automatically downloaded.
Once the entire Windows patch package has been downloaded, the installation routine runs. When we upgraded to Windows Vista there were at least 103 Windows patches to be downloaded and installed just to ensure the base operating system was correct.
The next day we found another 15 or 20 Windows patches had to be installed (there’s a small icon that let’s you know there’s a Windows patch ready if you are using the machine that sits on the taskbar and alerts you every time the cursor rolls over it).
Once the Windows patches are installed, the machine is then shutdown and rebooted to ensure that the correct Windows patches are installed correctly. Finally, the patches are integrated with the operating system. It is usually on the next reboot that you find out that there are X number patches are X percent installed. When that’s finished you are ready to go.
It’s one of the easiest systems (it sounds harder than it is) and it ensures that Windows patches remain at the right level.
Below you will find the most common windows patches available for download.
Windows Media Player 11
Windows Media Player Codec Package
Windows Media Player DVD Video Decoder Utility
KB954155 security patch for Media Player 11 on Windows XP SP3 (October 2009)
KB954155 security patch for Media Player 11 on Vista (October 2009)
KB954154 security patch for Media Player 11 (September 2008)
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Release Candidate 1)
Windows 7 Security updates and patches for 2011 (inluding Internet Explorer 8)
Windows 7 Security updates and patches for 2010 (including Internet Explorer 8)
Internet Explorer 9 for Windows (beta)
The windows patches listed on this page are official patches from Microsoft releases.
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Windows Vista Service Pack 1
Windows Vista Security updates and patches for 2011
Windows Vista Security updates and patches for 2010
Windows Vista Security updates and patches for 2009
Internet Explorer 8 for Vista
Internet Explorer 9 for Windows
Windows Vista 64-bit Service Pack 2
Windows Vista 64-bit Service Pack 1
Windows Vista 64-Bit Security updates and patches for 2010
Windows Vista 64-Bit Security updates and patches for 2009
Internet Explorer 8 for Vista 64-bit
We encourage our users to keep their systems up to date at all times because the windows patches , if installed regulary can save you from a lot of headaches, like cybercriminals getting into your computers and stealing sensitive data.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 (XP SP3)
Windows XP Service Pack 3 hotfix for AMD processors
Windows XP Security updates and patches for 2011
Windows XP Security updates and patches for 2010
Windows XP Security updates and patches for 2009
Windows XP Security updates and patches for 2008
Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP
Optional windows patches and updates
Windows XP Service Pack 3 empty Device Manager hotfix
Windows Installer 4.5 fix (KB958655)
Microsoft UAA Bus driver patch
Windows SteadyState 2.5
Windows Search 4
Windows Defender (final release)
Free virtual CD ROM for Windows XP 2.1
Windows Installer 4.5
Windows XP (Home Edition) boot disk
Windows XP autorun repair wizard
Windows XP Service Pack 2 (XP SP2)*
Windows patches for Server 2008
Server 2008 Service Pack 2 (final release)*
Windows Server 2008 Security updates and patches for 2009
Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Server 2008
*Windows Server 2008 originally was shipped with the Service Pack 1 included.
Other updates and windows patches
Java Virtual Machine 3810
Microsoft .NET Framework runtime files 3.5 (SP1)
Microsoft Security Essentials (free antivirus software) 1.0
Microsoft Security Essentials and Microsoft Forefront Definitions update
Sun Java Virtual Machine 6 Update 23 (Standalone installer)
Visual Basic 6 runtime files
Visual C++ 2008 Runtime files
Windows Installer 4.5
Windows Live Mail 14
Windows Live Messenger 14
Windows Live Movie Maker 14
If you do not find the windows patches you are looking for than please send us an email and we will try to find it for you.