Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science
October 14, 2019

Critical Microsoft Updates

Microsoft has released critical security patches for products like Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Office. Adobe has released a security patch for Flash Player. For a full list of the Microsoft product categories SCS releases updates for, click here.

What do I need to do?

All SCS Windows computers have new updates available which must be applied to appropriately patch the operating system. Look to your system notification area of the Windows taskbar for system update notifications, apply pending updates.

As SCS Windows computers are currently undergoing a multi-year domain transition, computers may be on either the existing SCS domain or the new Andrew domain and this will determine the update method. If you are unsure which domain your computer is bound to, or for more information on Windows update in our environment, please visit our Windows Update page.

Please Note: You must restart your computer as soon as possible. If your system has not been updated, you can follow the steps below to update manually. 

Microsoft Updates - SCS Windows Environment

How to manually update Windows 7 and Windows 10

  1. Open Windows Update by clicking the Start button in the lower left corner. Type Update, and then, in the list of results, click either Windows Update or Check for updates.
  2. Click the Check for updates button and then wait while Windows looks for the latest updates for your computer.
  3. If you see a message telling you that important updates are available, or telling you to review important updates, click the message to view and select the important updates to install.
  4. In the list, click the important updates for more information. Select the check boxes for any updates that you want to install, and then click OK.
  5. Click Install updates.

Microsoft Updates - Andrew Windows Environment

How to manually update Windows 7 and Windows 10

  1. Click Start and start typing “Software Center”. Click “Software Center” from the results to load it.
  2. Click on “Updates” in the upper-left sidebar.
  3. Click “Install All” in the upper right-hand corner of the window.

Off-campus Andrew Windows computers will need to connect to the VPN to install updates. Please visit the Andrew Computing Services website for more information on VPN.

Note: It is important that your computer stay on during the update process. Laptops should be plugged into their power supply or dock before proceeding. Loss of power or interruption of patch installation can cause operating system corruption and affect functionality. 

Adobe Updates

Adobe releases updates to patch security vulnerabilities discovered in their software which require urgent attention. These should be applied as soon as possible if applicable to your installed Adobe software. 

All Adobe security patches available are listed on the Adobe Security Bulletins and Advisories page.

Adobe Flash Player

Despite a decline in use and adoption, Adobe Flash is still commonly found on many Windows computers. This software has been often exploited for vulnerabilities and patching is critical to ensure system security and proper functionality. If you are using the Flash Player that is installed with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or 10, or Microsoft Edge for Windows 10, your version of Flash on that browser will be updated automatically. To see your current version of Flash, and the most recent patched version of Flash for your browser, visit

Visit the latest Adobe Flash Security Bulletin for more information and update information at