Get advance notice about April 2014 security updates

Today, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) posted details about the April 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. 

Learn how to install Windows Updates in Windows 7.

Note: Support for Windows XP ends next week on April 8, 2014. As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates to help protect it.) Learn how to help stay protected.

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

    Kaspersky will not update daily since 4/4/14, Windows defender was updated on 4/4/14 is that what my problem is or not? Thanks in advance for any advice.

  2. Anonymous

    I continue to receive calls from Phone #516 800 0000 stating that they are Microsoft and I have  a problem with my Pc that needs to be repaired. I have told them to quit caller. I receive 1 or 2 calls daily from a live caller who insists he is calling for MS.

  3. Anonymous

    I have not been able to access my hotmail account for a week due to a security code issue. I do not have my phone, the code to an alternate email doesn't work and now I'm stuck!

  4. Anonymous

    How do I get my security code? The computer was loaded at the point of sale and I don't have a code. The computer is locked me out til May 7th of 2014 and I must have it working for my employment. PLEASE HELP

  5. Anonymous

    Installed the April Malicious Software Removal Tool from Microsoft Update earlier today. It was promptly responsible for crashing my Tricerasoft swift elite 4 DJ program when I used the computer at my show tonight!!!!  I used system restore to remove it! I have Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit on my Dell laptop. It worked fine before the security update. Not happy! This is not the first poorly written update that has made my job difficult.

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