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    XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Ever since I installed XP Pro back in January, I usually do a once-a-month visit to Windows Update, selecting ONLY what MS describes as critical updates (I take their word for it!)

    Today, there was ONE listed, so I let it do its thing. Afterward, when I reviewed the history screen, I saw that the update I had just let it install, Q320920: Security Update (Windows Media Player for Windows XP), had already been installed last month. Has this happened to anyone else? Wonder why it wasn't "smart" enough to know better.

    By the way, did I read here that USB 2 will be a part of the upcoming Service Pack?

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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Big Al,

    If anything strange happens I usually am affected. When I get back to my computer in a few days I will test Win XP's update site and let you know. One question on that subject. When you checked the history was it identified by the Q320920 or by Security Update (Windows Media Player for Windows XP)? I have noticed sometimes in the past that the security update notices I receive from MS seem to be duplicates, at least by checking only the names. I never looked at identification like Q320920.

    Thanks.
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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Both of 'em had BOTH the Q-number and the title.

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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Your question got me to thinking about something else. I remembered that the list of updates you've "supposedly" run is in the Add/Remove applet of Control Panel, so I went to take a look to see if the one in question is listed twice. Well, glory be, it isn't even listed. Go figure!
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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Time Out! Big Al gets to sit in the corner for awhile, but I won't put on the Dunce Cap. I found the answer (I think) to my question in another place on the MS site - what else is new!
    <hr> On June 26, 2002, Microsoft released the original version of this update, which described the patch as being cumulative. Microsoft subsequently discovered that a file had been inadvertently omitted from the patch. Although the omission had no effect on the effectiveness of the patch against the new vulnerabilities that are discussed later in this article, the patch was not cumulative. Specifically, the original patch did not include all of the fixes that are discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-056. Microsoft has repackaged the patch to include the missing file. Microsoft has now re-released the patch to make sure that it is cumulative.<hr>
    Doesn't explain the observation about Control Panel, but I don't know if even Microsoft can figure out their own Q-numbering scheme <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Big Al,

    Kind of makes sense to me because I do subscribe to MS
    H Lewton

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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    Well, the only thing I can figure is that MS "lumps" things together sometimes, so a given Q-number might contain fixes that are described in two or more OTHER Q-numbered articles. No, I don't subscribe to anything from MS, I just make it a habit to visit the update site "about" once a month and if they have ANYTHING listed as a security fix, I do it. I've usually passed on the other, non-security related updates figuring I'll get 'em later when there's a service pack.

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    Re: XP Updates (XP Pro)

    What appears in the Add/Remove is dependent upon the appropriate registry key being updated. As stable and wonderful as XP is most of the time, these kinds of "whoopsies" still happen. WIndows Upate is usually the last place updates appear, for what reasons no one will ever know. I tend to give the updates a week or two to see if they're going to break more than they fix.

    Al, I don't recall a single instance where the updates have been rolled together without it being explicitly labelled that way. The Q numbering system appears to be an internal Microsoft thing that they use to track different software issues and the related fixes and if that guess is correct, rolling fixes together would seriously screw up their own system. No comments from the peanut gallery on them screwing things up please! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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