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Do I Need These Updates Right Now

by DerfX / April 16, 2011 9:19 PM PDT

Good Morning, I know you guys hate people asking two questions in one thread but the two updates I am talking about would or could be installed together at the same time.

I use "Auto-Update" on this laptop and I have accepted and installed every update that WU has suggested as necessary. But I occasionally check the site to see if anything new is out there and I found two this morning. WU has suggested that it is important that I consider the Windows Service-Pack 1 for Win 7 x64 and at the same time, they are also suggesting IE-9.

If I understand these Service-Packs correctly, they are just a "collection" of all the updates I may already have installed. And as far as IE-9 goes, I have IE-8 working great and I was wondering if it might be a good idea to wait and make sure they have all the bugs worked out before installing it. I would just like to know if there are any important safety features that I might be missing if I don't do these updates right away. I appreciate any ideas on this subject, thank you.


PS: I am using Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20110303 Lightning/1.0b2 Thunderbird/3.1.9 on an HP Pavilion dv6 Notebook PC with an Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60 GHz & 4.00 GB of (RAM) and a 64-bit OS with Windows 7 Home Premium with Internet Explorer 8.0.7600. 16385 Cipher Strength on a

I am using Open Office 3.2.0 OOO320m12 (Build:9483)

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Yes and up to you
by Jimmy Greystone / April 16, 2011 10:35 PM PDT

Yes, and up to you, in that order.

Service packs should always be installed in short order of their release. They often contain additional patches that were not previously released, so installing them is always a good idea.

Using Internet Explorer however, is NEVER a good idea for any amount of time. Unless the goal is to put your system at greater risk of a malware infestation or worse. You can take your pick between the alternatives of Firefox, Safari, Chrome, and Opera, but you should really pick one of those over IE for security reasons alone.

And the way things work, is the IE9 you'd download today is the same IE9 you would download a year from now. They will inevitably be releasing security updates for it as time passes, but they will not alter the initial distribution once it is released into the wild. You'd probably be wise to install IE9 soon, maybe after you've installed SP1 and things seem to be working okay. Then move to another browser entirely. Since plenty of programs use the IE rendering engine, you should generally have the latest one installed because it's likely to be the most secure. That's not exactly saying a whole lot with IE, but you should take whatever meager improvements you can get.

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(NT) No Problems with Install of SP1 & IE9
by DerfX / April 17, 2011 11:10 AM PDT
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