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Duck! Windows and Office patches are coming

If you’re running Windows, do yourself a favor and put Automatic Update on a temporary hold. Then wait and see if anything comes bursting apart at the seams.

Last month, there was good reason to install specific patches shortly after they were released — at least if you couldn’t train yourself to avoid the “Enable Editing” button in Word. But by and large, if you could avoid that button, there were myriad reasons why waiting a bit before installing the September patches paid off.

Sadly, that’s typical these days.

Later today, Microsoft is scheduled to release security patches for a dozen or so platforms, including every version of Windows (even RT 8.1), Office, Internet Explorer Skype, and the heart of the JavaScript engine called ChakraCore. The patches may install without a hitch. Or maybe not.

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