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Microsoft releases critical update to fix Windows flaw

Do you have Windows update enabled? If not, now is the best time to check for updates to your Windows operating system as Microsoft released a set of patches to address critical vulnerabilities for the Remote Desktop Services component of Windows.

The critical flaw could allow for remote code execution, hackers could use it to run programs on a vulnerable computer without knowledge or permission of the owner. In addition, the vulnerability is ‘wormable‘ futue malware could exploit it to spread from an affected computer to another un-patched computer without action from a user.

The following versions of Windows are affected:

  • Windows 7 SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • all supported versions of Windows 10, including server versions

The update should be available on your Windows computer by now if Windows Update is set to automatically download and install.

If you have it on manual, you just launch Windows Update, click on the Check for Updates button to refresh, then click on Install to download and apply the fix to your Windows PC.

Windows Update
Windows Update will automatically download the right fix for your Windows version

You would need to restart the machine after to complete the installation of the critical fix. Go ahead, update your Windows PC now.