Microsoft updates Microsoft Update

Microsoft has announced an updated version of its Windows Update/Microsoft Update (WU/MU) client that has already begun rolling out to users. The company says that the improvements are intended "to provide additional protection for customers", and include "further hardening of infrastructure used by WU/MU client and a more secure communication channel between WU/MU Client and Service." 

The update will be deployed to systems running Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012, and will be pushed to computers starting today via Windows Update/Microsoft Update. Users are assured that none of their existing settings will be changed. 

If you're wondering why Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 aren't on the list to receive the update, it's because they already include the improvements that the new version of the client will deliver to other systems, as does Windows Server 2012 R2 with update 2919355.

However, the update will not be deployed immediately through WSUS, and will not yet be available as a standalone package for download. Microsoft says that it will update its post on TechNet when that changes.

Source: Microsoft TechNet via WinBeta 

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Something weird happened a weak ago, a friend of mine said his Windows update displayed a blank screen with updates to install, even after he installed all the available updates, the weird thing is, the page did not showed the name or content of the updates, it was really weird and he said the Windows update 'was hacked', I dismissed the comment because I thought it was impossible to happen (we are talking about Microsoft) some days later the same happened with me and now this news of MS updating the WU, coincidence?

Hello,

I do not have any special insight into this change, but from careful reading of the article, it seems Microsoft is trying to strengthen the security between its update servers and customers' computers.

I leave it to others to speculate who might wish to intercept those types of communications and inject things into them.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

I sure hope this update fixes the frequent update failures that many people experience. To wit, IE11 and the recent KB...503. Microsoft is smart enough to tell you something along the line of "File missing or corrupt" along with a cryptic 8-character error code. BUT, it is not smart enough to tell you WHICH file is missing or corrupt. How can one be reasonably expected to fix a problem when one doesn't know which file is creating the problem? Or, better yet, if MS recognizes the missing or corrupt file, then why not download the applicable file with the update?

Why not?
There's no reason not to that I can see, and every benefit to be gained.

I've been doing loads of upgrades for XP/Vista customers... No complaints?

Raa said,
Why not?
There's no reason not to that I can see, and every benefit to be gained.

I've been doing loads of upgrades for XP/Vista customers... No complaints?

Perhaps there are some users who like Windows Vista more than subsequent versions.

Raa said,
Why not?
There's no reason not to that I can see, and every benefit to be gained.

I've been doing loads of upgrades for XP/Vista customers... No complaints?

well you do realize that Win OS is not free and it cost money. If for some one Vista works fine and does not really need latest and greatest then why they should be giving their hard earned money to MS.

Auditor said,

well you do realize that Win OS is not free and it cost money. If for some one Vista works fine and does not really need latest and greatest then why they should be giving their hard earned money to MS.


I sure do realise that, but considering all the benefits (and disadvantages), I've made moves to minimize the cost to my clients, I've never had a decline yet.

Raa said,

I sure do realise that, but considering all the benefits (and disadvantages), I've made moves to minimize the cost to my clients, I've never had a decline yet.

For many consumers who use computers casually such as browsing net, checking mail, watching movies, and Vista is more than enough for them then they do not need to update. Not everyone every time need latest and greatest. It is like asking everyone to buy new car when new model comes out.

Strange. I'm on Windows 8.1 Update 1. Today when restarting my laptop Windows gave a message that it is installing an update. When I logged into Windows again I could see no update history in Windows Update or in Reliability Monitor. Was Windows 8.1 updated too after all ?

If I believed in conspiracies, I'd say this will at the same time download itself on XP, and kill the registry check that allows it to pretend it's the Embedded versions that allows it to continue downloading updates...

lkernan said,
Yo Dawg!
We heard you like updates, so we updated your updater so your updates load better!

We heard you like updates, so we updated your updater so your updates update better

Much better. :)

Kishore Kumar A said,
Yo Dawg!
We heard you like updates, so we updated your updater so that your updated updater updates updates better.

Even Better.... ;-)

Nha, to much.

Of course its because someone has figured out ways to get it to activate without purchasing. You can rest assured someone will crack this version too.