Get advance notice about November 2013 security updates

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the November security updates.

If you have automatic updating turned on, most of these updates will download and install on their own. Sometimes you may need to provide input for Windows Update during an installation. In this case, you’ll see an alert in the notification area at the far right of the taskbar—be sure to click it.

In Windows 8, Windows will turn on automatic updating during setup unless you choose to turn it off. To check this setting and turn on automatic updating, open the Search charm, enter Turn automatic updating on or off, and tap or click Settings to find it. 

For other versions of Windows, you can check whether automatic updating is turned on through the Microsoft Update website. This will open Windows Update in Control Panel; if automatic updating is not turned on, you’ll be guided through the steps to set it up. After that, all the latest security and performance improvements will be installed on your PC quickly and reliably.

If you are a technical professional

The Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification Service offers details about security updates approximately three business days before they are released. We do this to enable customers (especially IT professionals) to plan for effective deployment of security updates.

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Although automatic update to download and install updates is turned on in Windows 7 and has been since I inst=talled it a year ago, the updates never automastically download and install.  I get the newsletter, check to see if anything has happened and end up manually installing the updates.

    Is there any way to make the thing qwork correctly?

  2. Anonymous

    very pleased ,thank you microsoft

  3. Anonymous

    One update has been failing to load since )October 10….that is KB2868038.  It either fails at the point where it tries to establish a system restore point, or it installs but the computer is unable to configure.  This is listed as an important update, but it won't install.  How can it be installed?

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