TaskBar issue (Windows XP)

Just has a system rebuild and things are NOT how they were before!!
1. My Taskbar is now NOT visible when I am in various applications. How do I get it back/visible?
2. My open, minimized MS IE browser windows are stacking ontop of themselves, instead of aligning left to right on the task bar to readily show me what webpages I have open though minimized. How do I fix this so they are NOT stacked vertically, put aligned on taskbar horizontally?

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Hello everyone.

I dont know if I am posting in the right section. If not, I apologize.

Since the office that I work at has been using more and more VBA, there has been lots of issues where code that is written in 7 is not able to run properly on XP. I noticed that if I open up the script in XP and resave it, then it recompiles and runs fine. But until that is done, many of our tools and scripts that we wrote on 7 machines wont run on XP.

I realize that it is not too difficult to resave the file, but many of our files are cosntantly updated and many of the office members are not familiar with the developer portion of Excel.

Is there a way that Excel/Windows7/Windows XP can be patched so that code written in Windows 7 is compatible with Windows XP?

Any insight is very much appreciated!

Contact RavlinSoft support and ask them if there are any compatibility
issues with Windows XP.

How to troubleshoot program compatibility issues in Windows XP

Carey Frisch
Microsoft MVP
Windows XP - Shell/User

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"Dquick13" wrote in message:

|I have just recently purchased a new computer running Windows XP Pro and I use a program called Ravlin Soft
to create an IPsec tunnel to the company intranet and email server. The problem is that the program will go
through Phase 1 and then will not go through Phase 2 which is the authenitication mode where the password is
required, instead after Phase 1 is says that security is enabled. Then the required programs will not open
(Outlook or the intranet home page). I looked at the logs and it shows the computer going through Pase 1 but
no mention to Phase 2. Are there settings in XP that I can change or is this going to be a software issue,
it worked flawless with Windows 2000.

Installed a new computer on my home network. System is
Windows XP Pro SP2. I am getting the following error.
Tried uninstalling SP2 and disabled the firewall. Same

workgroup is not accessible. You might not have permission
to use this network resource. Contact administrator of
this server to find out if you have access permissions.

The list of servers for this work group is not currently

Any fixes? Patches? Workarounds would be help full.

I'm running Office XP on a Windows XP Professional box (just installed everything from scratch last Monday). I'm running Outlook in Corp/Workgroup mode (w/ exchange server), and I have Outlook's email notification turned on. Whenever I get a new mail message, the notification message pops up behind whatever I'm working on. The notification pops up a new flashing blue Outlook item on the taskbar (see attached picture), but I have to notice the flashing item and click on it in order to bring up the "New Mail has arrived. Would you like to read it now?" message.

Does anyone know if this is a known-but-not-easily-found issue? Any ideas on how to fix it?


Here's a niggly little one

I have just upgraded all my workstations to Windows XP Pro and when the desktop appears at logon the taskbar is always hidden and you have to drag it up.

It is not set to autohide , any ideas?


Here’s a weird one – when user has several windows of the same application open, so that they group when minimzed to the task bar, they will no longer open individually – if you click on the group, and then click on an individual window, it doesn’t do anything. You can open them by tiling, or using alt-tab. Any suggestions?

Windows XP Pro SP2, Office 2003 SP2 with SP3 starting to roll out. I have asked tech to confirm if only one app behaves this way or can this issue be replicated in another application.


There is so much of this issue on the internet and NO ONE can seem to fix it!!
Some claim its a virus, or there was one instance of after uninstalling Google Chrome that action breaks some windows files.
Explorer does not work! Ctrl-Alt-Del will get most things working but nothing else.
Norton 360 can't find any bad stuff; Spybot did and claims to have fixed it.
Am really trying to avoid wiping the disk and re-installing Windows XP Pro when it is no longer supported. Thinking of Windows 7 Professional.
Does anyone have a real fix for the original problem and understand what really happened?

The latest video release showcasing Microsoft Windows 8 benchmarks, and a quick press release by Emily Wilson at Microsoft, shows that Windows 8’s boot time capability will be superior to Windows 7. No, the system was not in hibernation; otherwise we would have seen the restore from hibernation animation after the POST. And no, we have no involvement in the design or development of these marketing pieces from Microsoft, but that still hasn’t prevented YouTubers from around the earth clamoring to claim it is an advertisement for Hewlett-Packard, a fake video created by Ms. Wilson and Microsoft to drive sales, or some other technology conspiracy.

The reality is that Windows 8 will be a revolutionary step in the right direction for Microsoft if the current circumstances give us any pause. The release of an operating system that can boot faster than Windows 7 shows that Microsoft is still committed to the streamlined policies that led them to grand success with Windows 7. We know that Windows 8 is also being designed for ARM processors, such as those found in cellphones and tablets. This is a great concept for regular computer users. It means that Microsoft has to be careful about how they allocate resources during development. When services are redesigned or updated, their impact on system usability has to be measured carefully in order to ensure that users are not plagued by an operating system riddled with slowdowns. This was the case with Windows Vista, but was not the case with 7. During Windows 7 development, it was revealed that Microsoft had developed proprietary tools that allowed them to simulate every possible scenario under which a system bottleneck would take place, using software that would run every possible system interaction at an accelerated rate. While this method was used for Windows Vista to security harden the operating system, its use in performance led to stunning results: The streamlining of the system kernel, services, and essential applications led to a reported revolt from some processor and GPU manufacturers, who, as the allegations go, wanted the operating system to actually run slower than Windows Vista in order to spur hardware sales.

As we move closer to a future release of Windows 8, Microsoft Windows users around the world have a reason to look into this technology as a constructive alternative. One element that would help many business environments would be a direct XP to 8 upgrade. And although we know such an upgrade path is unlikely to ever be developed due to the epic problems it would cause on many system set ups, it would provide businesses with a direct path to get out of the way of obsolescence. Just imagine, though, a Windows XP to Windows 8 upgrade... while technically possible the number of support incidents would generate from people on ancient hardware would create a support volcano. The reality is old systems that run WDDM as the graphics model can't even run Aero properly. And that's just the price we often have to pay for innovation.

That obsolescence is becoming more and more apparent as Windows XP users curmudgeonly complain about the superiority of an operating system that was released in October 2001. While it has stood the test of time, after 3 Service Packs, it has already been placed on life support: Microsoft extended support for the OS due to business environments being incapable of handling the task of keeping their IT infrastructure up-to-date, even when Windows 7 itself has a virtualized XP Mode.

It is not hard to see why people still like XP: RAM requirements are minimal, the OS is simple to use, and it seems “good enough”. But under-the-hood, and for those of us in the known, we are keenly aware of the kernel-level security flaws that allow buffer overrun errors, system injection exploits, and systemic problems that lead to security, and system failure. Old customers with old computers running IDE hard drives that should be dead by now (the hard disk drives, not the customers) shouldn't expect anything less than a nightmare on their hands.

These problems are embedded deeply into the operating system and the components designed around it. They are from another era. A pre-9/11 era, and a pre-"Why is my computer so slow?" tech support nightmare era. While a lot of this is only known to long-time Windows users who have either serviced other computers, worked in the IT industry firsthand, or suffered catastrophic failures due to lax security, we know these problems exist in the core of the operating system – or the kernel – and will never be patched. The only time in recent memory that Microsoft has literally replaced a Windows kernel free of charge was during the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 rollout. Under that scenario, Microsoft decided to upgrade Vista with Windows Server 2008’s revised kernel in order to add boosted reliability and to squeeze out some additional performance.

There is nothing wrong with being content with using an old or different operating system, for so long as you understand the risks involved. Many businesses, instead of upgrading their IT infrastructure, or formulating an end-of-life cycle for their hardware and software, have instead decided to attempt to security harden their systems with utilities like Symantec EndPoint. Under such conditions, Windows systems are typically managed from a centralized domain controller and EndPoint is used to deter potential threats. But from my experience, this can still lead to additional problems. Programs have begun to require more memory and hard disk space, as well as processing power. All of the security software in the world cannot do away with internal problems that can be manipulated once a computer is on a network. And certainly, as we have seen with the “fortress IT” model of doing things, systems are prone to compatibility issues, lack of driver support, and a general tendency for employees to be beguiled or confused when approached with the concept that their computer – operating with a system that is 10 years old, might actually have some serious internal problems. While the model allows businesses to save money, it also allows IT admins to lounge around looking up Dilbert cartoons.

This intrigue has led me to pursue the latest breaking updates with Windows 8. It is interesting for me to see Windows XP proponents going hog wild at the idea that the next version of Windows may actually boot at twice the speed of their 10 year old bar of gold known as Windows XP. Meanwhile, back in reality, new processors, general hardware, memory modules, and peripherals are all being designed with the NT 6.1 and 6.2 models in mind. Game studios are prepping their million dollar productions to be optimized for multi-core processors and the latest version of DirectX that will ship with Windows 8. Website developers have stopped supporting Internet Explorer 6 and 7 and have instead moved back into a position of HTML5-compliacne and W3C validation. The good old days of Windows XP may still exist for some, in theory, but increasingly, those days are numbered. This is coming from a man who entered an organization with deep, systemic problems in their infrastructure. Unpatched Windows XP machnies running in 2008 with no service packs and IE6... the scenario could not have been worse. Half of one segment of a network on one workgroup, another half on another, and another chunk on a domain controller. Meanwhile no one could figure out why they were having problems sharing files... These problems can be the norm in many environments.

With Windows 8 looking at a traditional October-November 2012 release date, one is left to wonder when, if ever, Windows XP proponents will upgrade anything.

It is not unheard of to enter a government office, a doctor’s office, a small business, or even a large enterprise and notoriously see dozens of Dell machines with the Windows XP label gleaming on the back. The dust corroded ventilation shafts on the chassis are a reminder of age. This system, released in 2001, is incapable of fundamental operations needed: not just by publishers, but soon by content consumers.

Windows 8 has a lot to offer, and the bar has been raised high, ironically, even by those individuals who still recommend Windows XP as though it is the gold standard of our era. Even by Mac OS users who prefer Apple everything. What happens if Windows 8 doesn’t just meet those stringent requirements laid out by its biggest critics? What happens if it raises the bar? Such is the case with revolutionary operating systems. When we look at Microsoft’s operating system release timetable, Windows 7 was considered a minor revision. Yet its development has led to advancements in high-end SSDs, better monitor quality, enormous improvements in video graphic card design, and computer processors that are capable of simulating 16 cores on a home computer. Take a trip back to 1985, and the only concept of computers that most residential home users had was of a fictional DeLorean time machine powered by a flux capacitor that seemed to use vacuum tubes. In Terminator 2, the T-800 was using some kind of Apple debug code whenever his infra-red eyeball view was displayed (we now know that these eyeballs were likely highly advanced Logitech web cameras... or since Cyberdyne may have been acquired by Apple, perhaps he was using the iBall or something...).

In any event, and on a more serious note, Windows 8 seems like it will raise the bar and raise standards in information technology. With it scheduled as a major release, as a opposed to a minor one like Windows 7, we can expect to see some groundbreaking features that will entice many enthusiasts to upgrade. And that may surprise a lot of people. That alone should be good enough to say “Hasta, la vista” to your old computer. After all, how long are you going to keep using a dot matrix printer and then complain it doesn’t work right?

These are just my views, but I’ve seen enough OS releases to know that this one is going to surprise a lot of Windows customers. Why fear or reject innovation? It's time to say goodbye to our friend Windows XP. We can still visit XP once in awhile: in a virtual machine where he belongs.

I am very new to Windows 8. I only downloaded and installed the developers preview 3 days ago on Thursday.

Many Windows users are talking about the new Windows 8 and are trying it out. So my curiosity got the better of me and I installed Windows 8. I did this by mounting the ISO file on virtual clone drive.

Windows 8 looks different from Windows 7 and Windows XP at first glance but it is not. The good news is that when you first set up Windows 8,like Windows 7 and Windows XP,you do not have to have a password if you don't want one. That is you don't have to log in with a password or have a password on your account.Which is sheer heaven. As I hate security settings and having to enter password every time I do some thing on my own computer.

And of course the first thing I did was turn off User account Control as it is very annoying.UAC does not exist on my Windows 7 so I don't want it on Windows 8.

I was able to turn off UAC on Windows 8 but there is another similar feature that I was not able to turn off. And that is the Smart Screen filter.

Smart screen is an additional feature added to Windows 8 that every time you install a program from the Internet. You get a pop up from Smart Screen telling you that Windows has blocked this download. And it then asks you if you want to run the program or not.And if you want to run the program you just click run and if you don't want to run it click do not run.

Smart Screen will also pop up if you open a program on your computer not recognised by Windows. Smart Screen although it is annoying like UAC does not stop you running or installing any programs you want to. And there are settings to disable Smart Screen. But when I turned it off it came back on again.

And from what I have read on other posts on the web.It seems that although there is a setting that is supposed to turn off Smart Screen it may have been disabled in this build of Windows 8. As other people have tried to turn off Smart Screen but they could not. As every time they turned it off in the settings,it came back on again.

Fortunately Smart Screen will not block any of your downloads or programs or stop you doing anything on your computer unless you want it to. But it is certainly not something I want on my computer. And I would disable this feature if I could. As I feel that such a feature is unnecessary. But Smart Screen has not stopped me doing any thing I want to on my computer.

And then we have the Metro theme.Which is enabled by default when you first set up Windows. But the Metro theme can be disabled with a simple registry edit. Or with software such as Metro Controller,which can do this for you.

Although I did not have much problems using the Metro theme I found it slower than using the Windows 7 start menu.And most of the apps did not work but I think that is because they are not active yet.

But my own software that I installed myself,such as Google,chrome,Windows Movie Maker which shows up in the Metro theme as an app did all work.So any software such as web browsers,chat messengers and media players that you install yourself.Will show up as an app in the apps menu if you have the Metro theme enabled. And all of your own apps will work when you click on them.

But most of the apps from the app store did not work. Except for internet Explorer,windows Explorer and Control panel,desktop and other settings.

But you can still pin short cuts to your desktop while in the Metro theme.And launch your software from the taskbar and Windows Explorer. By going to your programs file and launching the program from there,the same way you can on Windows 7 and Windows XP.

But I have disabled the Metro theme which most Windows users will do. As that is the way I am used to working. And I would advise Windows users that unless you happen to like the Metro apps and are going to use them. You do not need to have the Metro theme enabled. As Windows 8 run perfectly well and faster without it.

And as I am using my own software I do not need the Metro apps.

Once you disable the Metro theme you get the Windows 7 start Menu.that looks exactly like it does in Windows7 and Windows Vista.And the ribbon toolbar in Windows Explorer will also be disabled once the Metro theme is turned off or disabled.

You can also install Classic Shell in Windows 8 if you wish to have the Windows XP or the Classic Start menu in addition to the Windows 7 start menu. Classic Shell will also put the classic toolbar buttons in Windows Explorer on Windows 8. just like it does on Windows 7.

Also if you do not want to disable the Metro theme in Windows 8 but you still want to have a full start menu. Classic Shell also works with the Metro theme enabled. And you can then switch between both the classic or Windows XP start menu or the Metro start menu.Just by launching Classic Shell and you will also have the classic toolbar in Windows Explorer. As well as the ribbon toolbar.Which looks quite good actually.

Now we come to running software in Windows 8. I like most people want to run my Windows XP and Windows Vista software that I was using on Windows 7 on Windows 8.

Well the good news is that you can run most of your Windows XP and Windows Vista software on Windows 8.

Here is a list of all my software that I have tried that works on Windows 8-

Software that works on Windows 8.

Windows Sidebar-

That's the Windows Sidebar from Windows Vista or the Vista Sidebar. This works on Windows 8 without any problems. Windows Sidebar works both with the Windows 7 start menu and also with the Metro theme enabled.There are no conflicts.

Windows Calendar-

From Windows Vista,this works on Windows 8.

Windows Movie Maker 6 and Windows Movie Maker 2.6-

Made for Windows Vista but works on Windows 7. Both versions of Windows Movie Maker works on Windows 8.

Windows Movie Maker 2.1 for Windows XP-

This works on Windows 8 and so does the web cam feature. Windows Movie Maker 2.1 works on Windows Vista,windows 7 and Windows 8 as long as you have Windows Movie Maker 2.6 installed. As it runs of of the dill files of Movie Maker 2.6.

Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP-

That's Windows Live Messenger,Windows Live Photo Gallery,Windows Live Writer and Windows Live Mail for Windows XP. Works on Windows 8.
Some people like me prefer Windows Live Essentials for Windows XP or 2009 as it is sometimes called over Windows Live Essentials 2011. Well the good news is that this works on Windows 8.

Windows Media Player 11 for Windows 7-

Works on Windows 8.
This is Windows Media Player 11 that has been adapted to run on Windows 7 for people who want to downgrade from WMP 12 to WMP 11. WMP 11 works on Windows 8. But first you must turn off WMP 12 in turn Windows features on or off to disable WMP 12.
But after that Windows Media Player 11 works on Windows 8.

Gmail notifier for Windows XP and Windows 2000-

Works on Windows 8.

Advanced browser,Pink Browser,Green browser and other IE based browsers.

Most of these browser were made for Windows XP but they work on Windows 8. Just like they do on Windows 7.

Pale Moon,Safefox,Firefox,Google Chrome and other web browsers-

Pale Moon,Safefox and Wyzo are based on Firefox 3 all work on Windows 8 and so does Google Chrome. Also the latest versions of Firefox work too.


A very handy registry cleaner that also has other settings to help you manage your programs. Works on Windows 8.

Media Player Classic-

Works on Windows 8. this is the old version of Media player Classic not the Home cinema version. But this works on Windows 8.

Programs that do not work in Windows 8.

Windows Mail-

From Windows Vista this works in Windows 7 after you delete the Windows 7 Windows Mail Program file and replace it with the Windows Vista version. But this does not work in Windows 8. Despite my best efforts Windows Mail is the only program I have tried which does not work in Windows 8.

There may be more software from Windows XP,Windows Vista and Windows 7 that will work in Windows 8. But I have not installed these yet.

But you can also import your software from Windows 7 that can be found in the Windows Old folder onto Windows 8. By copying the files and pasting them into the Programs file on Windows 8.

Even though I no longer have my Windows 7 operating system as the Windows 8 install wiped it out. I still have my Windows Old folder from Windows 7.That has all of my old programs from Windows 7.

Well I have got windows 8 now and before I tried it I was expecting it to be complicated and difficult to use. But now that I have Windows 8 I have found out that this is not true.

Windows 8 looks and is exactly the same as Windows 7. I have limited experience with computers. But if I can use Windows 8 anybody can. Andrea Borman.

Warning: Windows XP SP3 and McAfee don't mix

If you’re a business user running Windows XP Service Pack (SP) in conjunction with McAfee antivirus software, make sure you read my colleague Ed Bott’s blog post before you download McAfee’s latest AV definitions.

Bott: Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs

Other related links:

Microsoft Security Response Center on Twitter: Customers having issues on Windows XP SP3 after updating to McAfee DAT 5958

ZDNet’s Larry Dignan: McAfee update derails Kentucky police and a lot of XP machines

Fixes an issue in which a "0x0000008E" Stop error occurs when Windows XP Mode is running on a Windows 7-based computer. This issue occurs when the computer enters and then resumes from standby repeatedly.


Fixes an issue in which you cannot install Windows XP Mode on a computer that is running Windows 7 when you have an AMD Bulldozer-based multicore processor installed.


Luke Payne Software Peek Through

Size: 118kb
Price: Free
Operating System: Windows XP,Vista, 7
Prerequisites: .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Current Version:
Version Release: 27/11/2009
Status: Actively worked on
Peek Through is an application for Windows XP, Vista and 7 which makes the foreground window transparent with the press of Hot Keys. You may adjust the amount of transparency and the Hot Keys.
What’s New (
I have added the ability to click through the transparent window to whatever is beneath it. There was an issue in which the application would not automatically minimize when the user first logged on, this has now been fixed. I have added high and low captions to the slider control so it is easier for the user to establish which setting they would like.
After selecting your settings, click the Activate button, the application will then be minimized to the system tray. You may minimize the program window to send it to the system tray, or close it to exit the program. Clicking the icon in the system tray will bring the window back up. Simply pressing the Hot Keys will enable the transparency and pressing them again will remove the transparency.
I will be adding support for “click through”, this will allow the user to click through the foreground window onto windows below it.

I have recently upgraded from windows XP Home to Windows 7 Home Premium. In XP I had no problem getting all my audio to come out of my 5.1 surround speakers and all was dandy. Ever since I upgraded I have faced the issue of various applications not making use of all channels.

Namely: WMP/iTunes/Windows plays audio through left and right only, not centre rear left or rear right. (This was never a problem before the upgrade to 7)

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 however does use all channels and I get a good gaming experience just like I did before.

I have tried doing an auto driver update, only for windows to tell me the drivers are up to date. I have tried using the disk that came with my motherboard to find that it isnt supported in this version of windows. And I have played around with every combination of settings in the sound control panel to no effect.

What is pretty stupid though, is that when "testing" the speaker configuration in control panel, the dinging noises all come out of the correct speakers at the correct time, so why doesnt any other sound from windows do this? There must be an answer and I'm determined not to have to buy a new sound card (and having read around it seems that even creative sound cards dont have a lot of luck with windows 7)

PS in terms of my hardware, I think I have built in Realtek, however my software disk wants to install "SoundMAX" software. My Motherboard is an ASUS M3A32-MVP Deluxe.

I am trying to access my files in my windows XP drive and its prompting me that I need Admin rights (on my XP computer called djchad-mac). I tried typing in my credentials and so far no luck because windows 7 cannot find the other OS. I tried setting up a share and giving everyone access to the drive (which I do not want to do because of security issues) and still no luck! Any ideas?

Please bear with me, I am new both to this Forum and to Windows 7!

I used to have a smooth-running wireless network with a desktop (host) and a wireless laptop, both running Windows XP. My laptop was able to share documents resident on the desktop and to access the two printers attached to the desktop.

Less than a week ago I replaced my desktop with a new one running Windows 7 and, when reinstalling the printers, I let Windows 7 select the appropriate drivers (presumably 64-bit). I have a wireless Cisco E3000 router and, while I was setting its security settings, Windows 7 automatically set up a "home network" and issued me with a user password of its own choosing.

I am able to access the internet from the XP laptop (using the router password) but I am no longer able to access the printers connected to the desktop. I am wondering if I am making a mistake when typing the address of the printers and/or the user name/password, or if the problem is caused by a fundamental incompatibility between Windows 7 and Windows XP.

RESOLVED!!! (if I could only figure out how to delete my post!)

my Windows 7 pro 64-bit and Windows XP machines are connected via a netgear gs605 switch which then connect to a netgear wpn824v2 router to the internet.

Both Machines can find each other if I type machinename into explorer and files are then accessible by both.
I guess I should be happy that this works since most o fthe posts I've seen are related to people not being able to access there XP machine at all.

However I'm a stickler for trying to get things to work the way they are supposed to. So I'd like to try and get each machine tp show up in the others "Network/network places".

I have already made sure all the sharing settings are set properly in win 7.
In "advanced sharing settings" I've set it to Home network:

Turn on network discovery "ON"
Turn on File and printer sharing "ON"
Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can read and write files in Public folders "ON"
Media streaming is off
Enable file sharing for devices that use 40- or 56- bit encryption "ON"
Turn off password protected sharing "ON"
Use user accounts and passwords to connect to the other computers "ON"

Windows 7 does see my XP computer if I click see "full map" in "network and sharing center" however it is not click-able.

I have also installed and enabled link "layer topology Discovery on my XP machine.

I have also tried turning off my windows firewalls on both machines and in "norton antivirus 2010" all to no avail... the issue was unchanged.
Any help would be appreciated.

I would like to switch back to Windows XP from the Windows 7 I recently installed yesterday. I've had nothing but driver issues since it's installation. It doesn't recognize my monitor resolution, Aero doesn't work with my chipset, which basically makes Windows 7 look like an amateur Linux distro. So How can I switch back to Windows XP? I notice the windows.old file is there with all the settings and everything. Is there anyway to switch back to Windows XP easily? with all my files, and program files still in tact? I also backed up everything with Windows Easy File transfer. How would I switch back? I have no Windows XP disc, but I have a recovery partition/drive made by HP on another drive.

As you know, today is Update Tuesday. Before I go into the bulletin details, however, I wanted to let you know that today we’re notifying customers that Windows XP and Office 2003 will go out of support in April 2014. We understand that preparing to deploy the latest versions of Windows and Office may take time for some organizations, and we encourage all customers to upgrade to the latest operating system to help protect your systems.
Now, on to the updates. If you’re running Automatic Updates you’re automatically protected from the issues addressed this month, and for those of you who test and deploy your updates, we’ve offered some details and guidance below.
As I previously mentioned in the Advance Notification Service blog post on Thursday, today we are releasing six security bulletins, four of which are rated Critical in severity, and two Important.
These bulletins will increase protection by addressing 11 CVEs. Customers should plan to install all of these updates as soon as possible. For those who must prioritize deployment, we recommend focusing first on these Critical updates:

MS12-027 (Windows Common Controls): This security update resolves a CVE in the MSCOMCTL.OCX ActiveX control, which could allow remote code execution if a user visits a website containing specially crafted content designed to exploit the vulnerability.MS12-023 (Internet Explorer): This security update resolves five CVEs in Internet Explorer, which could allow a third party to gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
In the video below, Yunsun Wee discusses this month's bulletins in further detail.

As always, we recommend that customers deploy all security updates as soon as possible. Below is our deployment priority guidance to further assist customers in their deployment planning (click for larger view).

Our risk and impact graph shows an aggregate view of this month's severity and exploitability index (click for larger view).

You can find more information about this month's security updates on the Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary web page.
Jonathan Ness from the MSRC will join me Wednesday for a webcast. Please tune in and learn more about the April security bulletins, as well as other announcements made today. The webcast is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, at 11 A.M. PDT. Click here to register.
Pete Voss
Sr. Response Communications Manager
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing