Microsoft introduced the Fix it Solution Center in the first half of 2010, and now also made available for download a Fix IT pack, which it’s offering free of charge.
The Fix it Solution Center is designed to help customers find automated solutions for their problems.
Essentially, in addition to sometimes providing guidance and step-by-step instructions for customers to resolve a range of issues with Microsoft’s products, the software giant started putting together basic tools designed to automatically resolve glitches, bugs, etc.
Fix It makes it possible for users to launch an automated solution designed to take care of a specific problem and watch it go away, rather than having to implement a workaround manually. More »
Microsoft shared details of workarounds that Windows users can implement to protect themselves against exploits targeting a new zero-day vulnerability which allows attackers to steal information from users.
The company confirmed reports of the newly discovered Windows security hole, as well as the fact that both published information and proof-of-concept code made their way into the wild.
According to the software giant, the flaw resides in the MHTML (MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML). Applications such as Internet Explorer leverage MHTML to interpret MIME-formatted requests for content blocks within certain documents that need to be rendered. More »
Users running Windows Live Photo Gallery on Windows could, in certain scenarios, run into various issues, none of them will get resolved by themselves.
Earlier this December, Microsoft posted or updated no less than 9 Knowledge Base articles designed to help customers resolve Photo Gallery problems.
According to the Redmond company, some of the glitches that users came across impact Photo Gallery when used in conjunction with Windows 7, while others are limited to older releases of Windows, such as Windows Vista and Windows XP.
Obviously, in this regard, the software giant is not referring solely to Windows Live Gallery 2011, but also its predecessor.
Below you will be able to find a list with the Photo Galley KB articles published in December 2010. Make sure to navigate to them in order to access additional information and automated fixes or manual fixes, when available. More »
Installing Office 97 on Windows 7 can cause some unwanted results, such as no longer allowing end users to modify the settings of User Account Control in the operating system.
Microsoft confirmed the problem and worked on a solution which is currently offering to customers.
The Redmond company has put together an automatic fix which is allowing customers to download and apply through KB 978591.
“In the Windows 7 “System and Security” control panel category, the Action Center lets you change User Account Control (UAC) settings,” the software giant explained.
“In the User Account Control Settings dialog box, you move the slide bar control for notifications, and then you click the OK button. More »
Microsoft is continually adding security mitigations to its Windows operating system, with Windows 7 being the company’s most secure platform to date.
The variety of mitigations in the company’s OS are not designed as impassible barriers, since in fact, given sufficient time and resources, all can be bypassed successfully.
But then again software security is more like a chess game, with Microsoft needing to stay one step ahead of attackers.
Provided that the company manages to make it extremely complex or very expensive for cybercriminals to prey on Windows users, it will also successfully divert attacks and keep them safe, without the need for actual security barriers in the code. More »