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Urgent: Windows 7 vulnerabilities

By Robert Drinkall, on 20 May 2019

Microsoft has recently discovered that there are some vulnerabilities which can be exploited in Windows 7. If you have a non-desktop@UCL windows 7 PC or laptop, please can you check you have the Windows update applied which addresses these vulnerabilities, and please ensure that you have automatic updates turned on. Details about how to do this are as follows (please contact lib-itsupport@ucl.ac.uk if you have any questions about this or you have any issues):

Checking you have the necessary Windows update

Click Start > Control Panel, then click System and Security

Click View installed updates under Windows Update

Screenshot showing Windows Update options

Check you have the update indicated by the arrow in this screenshot (KB4499164):

Screenshot showing list of installed updates

If you can’t see this update listed, please contact lib-itsupport@ucl.ac.uk

Making sure automatic updates is turned on

Click Start > Control Panel, then click System and Security

Click Turn automatic updating on or off  under Windows Update

Screenshot showing Windows Update options

Check your machine is set to Install updates automatically (recommended)

Screenshot of Windows Update automatic updates settings

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