On March 9, 2010 we will see the first security-related Windows 7 update since early February.
It appears that we will get two updates, one for Windows 7 and one for Office 2007 (assuming you have it installed). Both will be marked IMPORTANT. Both fix security problems that could clobber your PC — if, and only if, you happen to OPEN a compromised, malicious file. In the case of Office 2007 it appears that the culprit, this time around is, Excel.
I have my Windows Updates turned off. Have had them turned off since February 13, 2010.
But, as I documented on February 28, I did go and ‘manually’ install the February 23 updates — which included KB977863 for the Windows 7 Media Player. But, on principle, I did not install the infamous KB971033 WAT update — for checking for pirated copies of Windows 7. In theory, I don’t have anything to worry about. I have a documented, legit OEM copy of Windows 7 Professional. But, I don’t trust Microsoft to get it right.
In preparation for tomorrow’s updates I just went and manually checked.
I had two IMPORTANT updates. One was KB971033. This time I clicked ‘Hide This Update.’ It went away. The other, supposedly important update, was KB915597 — the latest definitions for Windows Defender. These were first in two weeks. I accepted it and installed it. I haven’t run Defender yet. I don’t run it often. I have Avast 4.8 Professional and I take my chances with that.
So … right now … I have no more updates … KB971033 having been hidden.
So tomorrow I will check. I am UNLIKELY to install the updates tomorrow. I will check to see what happens. I will keep YOU posted.
My recommendation. WAIT. Hold your horses. Give it 72 hours. OK?