The latest Patch Tuesday was on July 8, 2014. July's patches consist of 6 updates that correct several unique security issues across Microsoft Windows operating systems and some other Microsoft software.
The next Patch Tuesday will be on August 12, 2014.
Important: If you're currently using Windows 8.1 but have not yet applied the Windows 8.1 Update package, you must do so to continue to receive these important security patches! See my Windows 8.1 Update piece for more on what this is and how to upgrade.
What Do These Security Updates Do?
These patches from Microsoft update several individual files involved in making Windows and other Microsoft software work.
Do I Need These Security Updates?
All supported Windows Server operating systems are also being updated.
Some of these updates correct issues so serious that, in certain situations, remote access to your computer may be possible without your permission. These issues are classified as critical, while some others this month are less serious and classified as either important or moderate.
See Microsoft Security Bulletin Severity Rating System for more on these classifications.
Note: Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft and so no longer receives security patches. See Support for Windows XP Ends April 8, 2014: Here's What You need to Know for more on this.
Are There Any Non-Security Updates This Month?
Yes, non-security updates are being made available for Windows 8.1, Windows 8 (pre-8.1), Windows 7, and Windows Vista.
Also, as usual, Microsoft is pushing this month's update to the Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool.
All Microsoft Surface tablets are getting driver and/or firmware updates this month. Additionally, Microsoft's tablets are getting the Windows 8.1 Update package pushed to them automatically. If you've already applied this update to your Surface, or you have a Surface Pro 3 (all of which shipped with Windows 8.1 Update), you won't be made to apply the update again.
There may also be non-security updates included this month for Microsoft software other than Windows. See the non-security update information in the section below for details.
Download Patch Tuesday Updates
In most situations, the best way to download patches on Patch Tuesday is via Windows Update. Only the updates you need will be listed and, unless you've configured Windows Update otherwise, will be downloaded and installed automatically.
You also have the option of manually installing updates via the individual Bulletin IDs listed in the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2014.
Any non-security updates for Windows are listed on Microsoft's New Non-Security Content for 2014 page. You can find links to any non-security Microsoft Office updates on the Microsoft Office Updates blog.
Note: Most of these downloads come in 32-bit or 64-bit versions. See Do I Have 32-bit or 64-bit Windows? if you're not sure which downloads to choose.
Patch Tuesday Problems
While updates from Microsoft rarely result in widespread problems with Windows itself, they do frequently cause specific issues with software or drivers provided by other companies.
If you haven't yet installed these patches, please see How To Prevent Windows Updates From Crashing Your PC for a number of preventative measures you should take before applying these updates, including disabling fully automatic updates.
If you're having problems after Patch Tuesday, or during or after installing any Windows update:
- See How To Recover From a Frozen Windows Update Installation for help if your computer freezes during the installation of an update.
- See How To Fix Problems Caused by Windows Updates for help undoing the damage if the updates already installed but you're now experiencing a problem.
See Windows Updates & Patch Tuesday FAQ for answers to other common questions, including "Does Microsoft test these updates before they push them out?" and "Why hasn't Microsoft fixed the problem that their update caused on my computer?!"
More Help with Patch Tuesday July 2014
Run in to some trouble during or after July's Patch Tuesday? Head over to Google+ and leave a new comment on my post:
Patch Tuesday Problems: July 2014 [Google+]
Be sure to let me know exactly what's happening, what version of Windows you're using, and what if any errors you're seeing, and I'd be happy to help you out.
If you need help with a computer problem but it's not about an issue you're having surrounding Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, see my Get More Help page for information about contacting me for personal assistance.