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    V5 Windows update unreadable

    Using V5 Windows update, the listing of installable updates has a dark blue background that makes the black print almost unreadable. I need to drag my mouse across the text to reverse the print color in order to read it. Is anyone else experiencing this annoyance or, better yet, know how to fix it?

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    Sorry, can't check exactly what you mean since I don't have any updates which need installing!

    Have you changed any of your Display Properties from the default? Perhaps you've got something set up that Microsoft didn't check for...

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    The only place I get version 5 is on a brand new XP Pro installation which has SP2 installed. Elsewhere, I still see V4. Anyway, I just tried to see if I get what you saw, and the result was the unfortunate screen in the attachment (somewhat cropped). I'll try again later to see if it's temporary. By the way, as the Windows Update screen was rendering, I saw a popup asking me if I want to install Microsoft Publisher. It had a MS Certificate link that looked genuine, but I declined anyway. Anyone else seeing that?

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    Big Al,

    SP-2 is not required. Anyone running XP can get V5 installed just by changing the V4 to V5. The V5 'stuff' will then be downloaded and installed. I have not seen either the error you posted or the install/Certificate popup. Do you have Pubisher on that PC?

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    No, I don't have Publisher installed - that's why the appearance of the popup was confusing, I don't know why MS might be trying to "offer" it to me. My only point about the V4-V5 was that evidently a part of the SP2 installation must have involved the switch from 4 to 5, cause all my other setups, when I go to Windows update, don't say anything (yet) about it. I'll have to try what you suggest to see if anyone here gets the same result as <!profile=rossburnett>rossburnett<!/profile> did. During my installation and update of that configuration, I never noticed when V5 appeared on the scene.

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    I changed over to v5 before SP2 was released and it downloaded & installed the latest version of Windows Update software which included an MS certificate. I have never been asked to install anything concerning MS Publisher.

    As for the original question I have no problems with the legibility of the text. It is a combination of blue and black text on either a white background (main area) or very pale blue background (left hand pane). As John mentioned, the colours can be altered based on your display settings or the theme you have chosen. Right click on the desktop and select properties. The options to look at are on two tabs, Themes and Appearance.

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    I also have a normal display with Version 5.

    How about checking the MS WIndows Update support site for any possibilities. You probably can send in a no charge question to MS tech support for this problem if no one else has had this problem yet.

    Go to: Update Support Click on Help & Support
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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    I suspect this may your 'Publisher'.....

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    Well, I went back to see if it would do it again and sure enuf, it did. The screen I got is in this attachment. I think it's probably the same as what you showed, but I'm not sure. This time I let it install, it proceeded and I'm still not sure what it did. After it finished, I got a screen like the crop in the next post. As I said, I am already running SP2 and V5 of their installer, so I don't know what all this hoorah is about.

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    And here's what happened next. At this point, I closed IE, figuring I'll see what happens the NEXT time.....

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    Re: V5 Windows update unreadable

    Have you installed SP2? The ActiveX warning is so much nicer. Anyway, after installing the version 5 control, you have to download an additional thing that deals with background data transfers, and then when you return to Windows Update a third time, you will see the actual updates you were looking for on the first visit. (At least, this was what I saw yesterday when doing some patches for a Windows XP Pro user.)

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