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Apply updates on a needs only basis.
One of the common misconceptions about Microsoft updates is that they are mandatory and/or urgent.
All updates, regardless of their type (whether they are service packs, hotfixes or security patches), are to be applied on an "as-needed" basis. They need to be evaluated individually and treated as important optional updates.
Especially with security patches, the expectation is that it must be an urgent issue and must be deployed quickly. Without trying to detract from the urgency, security patches are very much a relative update; for example, customers using solely Windows NT4 can ignore a patch for a security vulnerability in Windows 2000. However, if the issue is relevant and does plug a security hole, then it should be evaluated urgently.
Only when it addresses or fixes an issue being experienced by the customer should it be considered. Of course, it still needs to be evaluated before being installed.
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