Get advance notice about January 2014 security updates

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the January 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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About the Author
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

    I just got a call saying they were from Microsoft and that I had a lot of viruses on my computer and that they wanted to help me clear them. I said from company that large your name doesn't appear on my caller ID. I then proceeded to say, let me get your number and I'll call you back. Before I could call they call me again by this time I went to Microsoft website and looked up hoax and scam and I was able to identify this was a scam!!!!!!!

  2. Anonymous

    I  have WinXP in my HP pavilion media edition. I love it, but I can not get updates installed regardless of what I try. I paid Microsoft $107.00 for help which did nothing.  Then the just disappeared, not there for a month as promised!! just ran out on me.  

    And it still will not install updates from the update site. I get error message 0x8246008, = failed to connect to BIOS. It tells me that BIOS will not "start".  Nothing has updated for several months.  My system is at risk and is a real problem. There seems to be no solution to this.  What can be done?

  3. Anonymous

    Cannot update, keep getting error code 8007371C . What the @#$%^#@ is going on? I went to help and no such code can be found and I keep getting 6 new updates available, I try to update and get message updates failed error code 8007371C.

  4. Anonymous

    im having issues with windows updates

  5. Anonymous

    me to since nov 3 2013  no help from support

  6. Anonymous

    can not recover outlook password and has not give me the choice to use security question ? I have got a security passwork link to the account ??

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