As I said yesterday, Microsoft had KB976264, supposedly a patch to enhance compatibility with ‘older’ (gaming) programs, on its Windows 7 updates list — though it had already been pushed out ‘2 weeks’ ago.
As I had also said earlier, March 9, 2010, was supposed to be a Windows PATCH TUESDAY. I kept on seeing reports, on the Web, that Microsoft had released a couple of patches (at least).
Since I now have my Windows 7 updates TURNED OFF, I went and checked ‘manually,’ using my ACTION CENTER, around mid-night last night. I was bored.
I was told I only had TWO updates. One OPTIONAL one important.
The important one was the ‘monthly’ Malicious Software Removal Tool. For me, it is my monthly ‘curse.’ Given that I have Avast 4.8 Professional, I tend to be fairly blasé about malicious software getting through to this machine. Plus, I don’t surf porn (at least not on this computer). But, I run Microsoft’s ‘monthly’ just for the sport. NOTHING.
The optional update was KB976264.
I already have it installed. But, since I was bored (given that my book is done) I went ahead and installed them BOTH. They BOTH PAUSED in the middle of their installations. With the monthly ‘rag’ you expect that. That is when it, supposedly, does it desultory scan. [Knowing Microsoft, it is probably trying to find data about my inside leg measurement and whether I take Viagra to help my concentration.] It found nothing.
But, why would it PAUSE during the installation of KB976264. That should breeze through this computer without pause, like caster oil through Ballmer. But it paused. Was it checking to see if my copy of Windows 7 was genuine? That is THE question.
My Windows is legit. So … maybe we didn’t learn anything. But, we need to keep an eye on this.