Yesterday afternoon, I ran Windows Update some time after lunch to get the latest set of Patch Tuesday updates for my many and varied Windows machines. None of these boxes downloaded less than 6 updates, and some grabbed as many as 16, depending on what they were running and which applications they had installed. As Patch Tuesdays go, this one hit Windows 7 harder than most have so far, as the following snippet from the latest MS Security Bulletin will attest:
Of the seven items that touch on Windows OSes (MS10-032, MS10-033, MS10-034, MS10-035, MS10-037, MS10-040, and MS10-041) all have some impact on Windows 7, with three tagged “Critical” and four tagged “Important” as shown. As update cycles go, this one has more oomph than many have had recently, especially for Windows 7. That siad, much of what’s involved relates more to legacy code included in Windows 7 for backward compatibility and interoperability than to actual core components of Windows 7 itself.
You’ll also find updates to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool, the Windows Mail Junk E-mail Filter, service packs for .NET Framework 3.5 (SP1) and .NET Framework 2.0 (SP2), a new root certificates update, and a cumulative roll-up for IE 8 in this month’s offerings as well. These come along with compatibility list updates for IE 8, and some revised daylight savings time and time zone changes for various countries, too.
In short, there’s a lot going on for this month’s Patch Tuesday, some of which cries out for rapid analysis and deployment for Windows 7 installations.