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    Version/SP level

    I apologise in advance for these dumb questions <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> , but :
    Q1 : how can I find out what W2000 version/service pack level this PC is running, please?
    Q2 : I had my PC built and W2000 installed for me back in October '01. I have been very slack and not updated the system at all. Running Windows Update gave me something like 37 'critical' updates which were not applied but I couldn't work out if some of them overlapped. Do I just apply the lot?
    Q3 : IE version is 5.00.3315.1000. Should I upgrade to IE6 - I heard that there were 'problems' with it initially. If there were, are they sorted now?
    Q4 : If I do go to IE6, can I go in one jump, or do I have to go IE 5.5 then IE6?
    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Version/SP level

    A1] Start > Run > "winver"
    A2] I would install SP3 and then see what WU says.
    A3] I am happier with IE6 than IE5
    A4] I believe so...

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    Re: Version/SP level

    Also try "Windows Key + Pause/Break key", this will open System Properties.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Version/SP level

    With regard to Q3 & Q4 I would suggest you should go straight to IE6SP1, perhaps from the download page. It is a <big><font color=blue>very large</font color=blue></big> download (see the Additinal Information at the bottom of the page).

    I went from IE5.01 SP2 (I think) direct to IE6 (because IE6SP1 wasn't available at the time), and didn't have any problems. About once every couple of months there is a Cumulative Security Update hotfix which needs applying. And bear in mind that the newer the version of Microsoft software, the more "features" it contains, and therefore the more 'grunt' it needs...
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Version/SP level

    Many thanks for help from Leif, Dave and John. Please accept my apologies for the long time taken to reply; I have been away from my PC.
    I have Version 5 (build 2195, Service Pack 2) so it's not as bad/old as I thought.
    I haven't got round to doing anything about IE6 yet (for excuse, see first line of this reply) but I have looked at the donwload page. A potential 75Mb over a dial up modem could be fun!! However, I do have a download accelerator which supports restart, so I suppose I should get on with it. Am I right that one key benefit of IE6 is that communications to/from secure sites (e.g. home banking) are better protected than with IE5?
    Thanks again.
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    Re: Version/SP level

    I don't see any significant difference between IE5 and IE6. The only thing I notice that later versions have better Print and Print Preview options.

    You can order IE6SP1 on CD: Order the CD over the Web (U.S. and Canada Only),
    and you can order Win2kSP3 CD also: Order the Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 CD.

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