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    Updating XP (Home - 3/15/02)

    It is time to start a new thread.

    We have my wife's Inspiron 8200 up and running again. Once we installed a new HDD it had no difficulty in finding the optical drive. Go figure.

    We've been following the advice in:

    http://lifehacker.com/software/windows/gee...atch-157578.php

    which looks good thus far. I seems a well written 'hand-hold' for those wanting some over the shoulder encouragement.

    Dell did supply a reinstall CD with this machine. Clearly the XP on the CD is pre SP1. It will need substantial updating. The above blog suggests that there are lurkers ready to jump on the machine if we try to update directly on the web.

    Is there a way for me to download the updates to my antique (Win98 SP2) desktop and put them all on a CD for application via Windows Update?

    Here is what we have for protection:

    The computer is networked to a DSL modem via a Netgear MR814v2 wireless router. WEP was enabled. This router has 'stateful packet inspection.'

    Should I download and install something more in the way of a firewall on the new HDD before trying to move forward with updating? If so, what is the consensus on what to use?

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    Re: Updating XP (Home - 3/15/02)

    I believe that you might want to create a Slipstream CD with XP and all the updates.
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    Re: Updating XP (Home - 3/15/02)

    In the interim since I made my post, I found the 'slipstream' website. At the same time my wife plowed ahead and used the CD from Dell to install XP from the CD they supplied.

    Is the slipstream CD still of use at this point?

    I've also seen suggestions that I could download the updates and burn them to a CD and then update the laptop from an ordinary data CD. At least one author suggested that the update download required a machine running XP. Is this correct?

    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_abc.htm

    "Update Downloads

    Download updates to install later. Connect from an XP machine http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/default.asp.
    Select "Personalize Windows Update". Place a check in "Display the link to the Windows Update Catalog under See Also."
    Select Windows Update Catalog under See Also.

    Tip: To Save Windows Update Files: Connect to the Windows Update Catalog:
    http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/en/d...?corporate=true. Click on the link for your Download
    Basket. Review/Remove updates/Browse (Pick Folder)/Download Now."

    Is a machine protected by a SPI covered router and a working copy of Avast safe enough to use to go directly to MS to download the updates (a very slow process) or do I need to do research on firewalls and select something and install it to protect this 'virgin' HDD and OS install?

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    Re: Updating XP (Home - 3/15/02)

    IMHO, you are making a mountain out of a mole hill. The firewall that comes with XP sould be sufficient protection (it blocks inbound, but not outbound traffic) for you to go to the MS update site and DL the updates.

    But if you are really concerned, you can order SP2 on CD from MS. It's <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>.
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    Re: Updating XP (Home - 3/15/02)

    Thank you Doc!

    Sometimes when you are tired and have other tasks that also need doing it really helps to to have the size of the mountain established.

    Even tired persons can climb mole hills most of the time.
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    Re: Updating XP (Home - 3/15/02)

    After you've climbed that mole hill, post back and let us know what you did and how you made out. It will help us to help others. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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