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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Good info, zonny.

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    Why not edit the the post to make the link "clickable"?
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    Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    (Edited by Leif to make link live - see the quick guide)

    Microsoft has started taking orders for the Windows Security Update CD, a disc with all critical updates released through October 2003 for various Windows versions. The CD-ROM is meant especially for Windows users with slow, dial-up Internet connections that can make downloading updates a nightmare. The Windows Security Update CD is available for Windows XP, Windows Millennium Edition (ME), Windows 2000, Windows 98, and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE).

    Windows users can request the Windows Security Update CD here:
    http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/cd/order.asp

    This is great in TWO ways:

    1. It is free.
    2. Apparently, the same CD covers ALL versions of Windows. I was NOT prompted for my version of Windows when I placed my order.

    Will the first person to install from the CD, please advise as to how it went? Sometimes things get quirky.

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    There ya go - life should be easier now <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Interesting that from the UK "You will need .NET Passport to order your resource kit"
    What do I do if I don't want .NET Passport?
    And I'm still potentially 3 months behind in security updates...

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Just tried to place an order for the CD, got all the information entered as requested, clicked "submit my order" and all it did was sit there looking at me. No response. Didn't ask for .NET either . I'll have to try again later?

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Success this time.
    Now I'll either get one copy or about six, since I hit the submit button that many times on the first attempt <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Thank you, that is very helpful. I was thinking about downloading lots of security updates and burning a CD to take round to my Dad's house, but this will save me a lot of effort.

    My CD is now on order.

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Just a note to all. Notice that this is through October 2003 . You'll still have quite a bit to d/l and install.

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    I hope that Woody orders one of these CDs. After his trial, I would like his unabashed e-opinion of the install pitfalls. I am particularly concerned about:

    1. Whether we need to worry about fixes that we have already installed. Do they overwrite?
    2. Sequence of how the fixes get installed. Does it make a difference?
    3. Do we need to read the over-the-top MSFT KBs?
    4. Do we have a choice of what fixes we install?
    5. How does the CD know what Windows version we have? (Maybe one CD can handle all versions!)
    6. Do the CDs work for installation on networked PCs as well as stand-alone PCs?

    Without harping too much, this has been a long overdue move on MSFT's part. Trustworthy software means supporting all users of your product for a long time, especially when security lapses have been made in the code. Have I been polite enough?

    Because I don't want to be the first, I will be checking back here frequently.

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    This is a good response to a problem I remember JohnGray brought up a while back on the roll-ups and service packs requiring band width or taking a lot of time to download as the MB size increased. What I wondered about though, was that as these hotfixes stackup, some of them will apply to nearly all versions of Windows, and others will be specific to say only certain OSs or even IE5 or just for certain server software. I imagine that if the hotfix is not targeted at your OS, it just won't install from the CD.

    SMBP

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    I have ALL the same questions and am making this post so I might be notified of any other replies. Just placed my order today and with 2 - 4 weeks delivery there should be some results posted by then.

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Zonny/PaJan--

    1) You don't need to worry. They are left alone, and won't be overwritten by anything else. If the update were reinstalled, it wouldn't hurt anything. It wouldn't overwrite another hotfix or anything else.
    2) The CD will take care of sequence, and unless a particular hotfix requires a previous one (infrequently), sequence doesn't make a difference. The CD is going to have any pre-requisites, so you won't run into the infrequent issue I referenced.
    3) Which KBs you need to read, and which you consider "over the top," depend on you, <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> but for the purposes of using the CD to install hotfixes you don't have to read either. I think, but don't know, it's a rare person who literally carefully reads a hotfix connected KB/bulletin word for word if they are lengthy, but I could be wrong there. If you're writing on it in a newsletter for publication, then I'm sure you do. It's a good idea though as you install in general, to try to know the gist of what's in them.
    4) If you're running Win 2K or XP you'll have a choice. I don't know about prior versions of Windows in that regard.
    5) The CD is written to programatically detect what version you have.
    6) You can copy the CD to a network share, and let the computers run it from there.

    I don't think you're harping too much. Good questions.

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    Re: Microsoft offers Security Update CDs

    Microsoft have made the CD very easy to use. It starts automatically and on Win XP Pro system it gave the following options:

    1/ Windows Security Advisor - Checks to see if internet connection firewall & automatic updates are turned on. If not it gives the option to turn them on. There was also a reminder re anti-virus updates.

    2/ Install updates - this performs a scan of your system similar to Windows update and then shows what has already been installed plus options to install the other updates. The updates included for Windows XP are Service Pack 1, Update Rollup for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Media Player 9 Series & DirectX 9

    It then recommends going to Windows Update to check for any further updates.

    There was also a trial CD for Computer Associates EZ Armor LE antivirus & firewall package.

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