Security Update – Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2, Windows Server 2012

As concerns over cyber security increase, IRS requirements for the encryption used to transmit information to the IRS have increased.   These guidelines also apply when sending information to companies like ours.

Several older operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows Server 2008R2 and Windows Server 2012, must be updated to meet newer enhanced security standards.  If you encounter problems attempting to transmit returns, pickup updates or receive acknowledgements while using the software on one these operating systems, you will need to apply the security update below to correct the problem.

Please follow the instructions at the Microsoft link below to update your computer’s operating system’s encryption capabilities.  If you need assistance downloading or applying this update, please contact your local computer technician for assistance.

Please note:

To successfully update your computer, you must complete all of the steps explained in the Microsoft article. To reiterate the key elements:

  • Apply the Update ( often referred to as a patch )
  • Update the Registry to enable the update
  • Reboot the computer to complete activation of the update

In some instances you may receive a message that the update has already been installed.  You will still need to complete steps 2 and 3 to activate the update.

Microsoft Instructions: