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At Least One 'Critical' Windows Patch Coming

It's that time of the month for systems administrators.

Late this afternoon, Microsoft announced the security patches that it will make available on Tuesday -- also known as "Black Tuesday" to folks charged with keeping Windows PCs secure.

This month's menu seems relatively restrained: 8 patches for Windows (at least one of which is rated "critical," and some of which will force you to reboot) and one patch for systems running Microsoft's Exchange server software (rated "important," and which will also need a reboot). Microsoft will also update its Malicious Software Removal Tool, a semi-obscure but occasionally extremely useful application designed to treat Windows systems for particularly virulent infections.

Microsoft's advisory also notes that it won't be offering any non-security patches on Tuesday.

So clear out some time Tuesday to download, install and reboot -- oh, and don't forget to back up your important data beforehand. But you already do that every week, right?

-- Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post consumer technology editor

By Brian Krebs  |  October 6, 2005; 5:38 PM ET
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Mr. Pegoraro's column ends ends with "oh, and don't forget to back up your important data beforehand. But you already do that every week, right?". Well, how do I do that? Would you please explain to me how to back up my data? Thank you so much!

Posted by: Melody Silver | October 15, 2005 2:51 AM | Report abuse

how can we get security patches when,at least on my computer i get validation failure??cked all the product keys and they are where is the fix for this and cking some newsgroups,some are having the same problem as me..........

Posted by: alberto | November 1, 2005 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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