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Microsoft issuing a security updates to address 13 vulnerabilities

Paul Risbey - Saturday, September 11, 2010

Microsoft plans on issuing a "wide load" security update for its upcoming Patch Tuesday release, incorporating nine bulletins that address 13 vulnerabilities.

The upcoming Microsoft security update addresses four flaws Microsoft designated with the highest severity ranking of "critical," while the rest are all ranked with the slightly less severe rating of "important."

The critical patches address security vulnerabilities in Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Vista, Internet Information Services (IIS) and Microsoft Office, while glitches in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are primarily covered by updates deemed "important."

Security experts say that there is a strong possibility that the impending bulletins will address some of the recent DLL hijacking issues actively exploited in Microsoft's products with a revised guidance for Hotfix.

"Currently it is the only at the advisory level and users have to make an active decision to get protection against DLL hijacking in third party applications," said Wolfgang Kandek, Qualys chief technology officer, in a blog post.

Last month was the first in which Microsoft completely cut off support for Windows XP SP2, but the majority of updates of XP SP3 also can still be applied to the discontinued version.

However, that won't always be the case. "Windows XP SP2 users should upgrade to SP3 as quickly as possible," Kandek said.

 

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How to: Back up your Windows registry

James David - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We are going to be running some troubleshooting posts in the upcoming weeks that will involve tweaking the registry, so I thought that we should get started by learning how to back up the registry in Windows.

Be aware that making the wrong changes to your registry can severely damage your installation of Windows. You alter the registry at your own risk. Remember to be fully backed up before you begin and that sometimes, it is easier and safer to leave it to the professionals!

Back up Windows XP registry

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Microsoft suggests creating a restore point when you wish to back up your Windows XP registry.

  1. Click on the Start menu and go to Run, or hit Windows + R
  2. Enter %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and hit enter, or click OK.
  3. This should get you to the 'Welcome to System Restore' page. Click ‘Create a restore point’ and then follow the dialogue options. Name your restore point appropriately!

To restore your Windows installation to a previous state:

  1. Go to Run and enter the same string as before to get back to the 'Welcome to System Restore' page: %SystemRoot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe
  2. Select ‘Restore my computer to an earlier time’
  3. Select the restore point that you made previously, or, if you have had an issue and are restoring without having made a specific restore point, another from the most recent time you knew your computer to be functioning normally. Be aware that any changes you have made to your Windows installation (including installed programs) will be reverted to the state of your installation at the time the restore point was created

See this Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more info

Back up Windows 7 or Windows Vista registry

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You must be logged in as an administrator to complete these tasks. When working with the registry in any version of Windows, I would make a restore point. To do this in Windows 7 or Windows Vista, just go to the Start menu and type “System Restore” in the search box.

  1. Open the registry editor either by going to the Start menu (Windows Key) and typing “regedit” into the search box, or by hitting Windows + R (for the Run dialogue) and typing “regedit”
  2. At this point you can back up the entire registry, a section of it or just the key or subkey that you are going to be working with. Navigate to Computer to back up the entire registry, or a particular root location, key or subkey that you want to back up
  3. Go to File and then select Export. You can also right click on the item you want to back up and select Export from there
  4. In the Export Registry File dialogue, adjust the Export range corresponding to what you are backing up, navigate to the location in which you wish to save your backup and name your backup accordingly
  5. Click Save
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See this Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more info on backing up the Windows 7 registry

See this Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more info on backing up the Windows Vista registry

James David

Your IT Implementation, Planning and Support Specialist

Complete IT


A few of our other How To posts:

Using the Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool

How to: Use your iPhone as a modem

How to: Update your iPhone to iOS 4

 

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