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    Are Critical Updates Needed?

    I and have a very 'happy' and stable Win 2000 Pro SP4 / IE 5.5 installation and keep my firewall and AV program regularly updated

    I read so many forum threads and Woody articles about patches wrecking machines that I am not happy about using the Windows update site. One of the patches which got some negative coverage in woody was the upgrade to IE 6. The thought of what 29 'critical' upgrades might do and the hassle in getting rid of the 'bad' one does not attract me to the process.

    Is it safe to ignore updates and rely on third party AV/firewall products to protect the machine - or should I bite the bullet? I don't expect a hard answer, but any comments would help

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    Re: Are Critical Updates Needed?

    IMO, you should apply security updates at a minimum. I'm running IE6 SP-1 on multiple Win2k Pro machines at work with no problems. Just remember NO firewall or A/V product is unbreakable. Multiple layers of defense are best but not foolproof.

    1.) Backup your system
    2.) Apply the patches one or two at a time.
    3.) Let your system run for a day or two to ensure all is OK.
    If all seems OK back to step 1.

    Slow and somewhat painful but if you try to apply all at once and have a problem you won't have any idea of which fix is the culprit.

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    Re: Are Critical Updates Needed?

    <hr>I don't expect a hard answer, but any comments would help<hr>
    Sometimes you get what you don't expect!

    DO INSTALL THE CRITICAL UPDATES. Your AV software and firewall are not enough to protect you.

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    Re: Are Critical Updates Needed?

    To add to Joe's list I would

    0. Before doing any update, set a System Restore Point. (See http://dougknox.com/, click on "Win XP Utilities" then on "Single-Click System Restore Point". The resultant EXE is all of 20 KB)

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    Re: Are Critical Updates Needed?

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    <hr>If run on Windows 2000, it simply won't do anything. It may crash if the VB 6 runtimes are not installed, but it will NOT create a Restore Point, regardless<hr>
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    Re: Are Critical Updates Needed?

    Ah -- I had accessed this thread via "View Posts Newer Than", and hadn't realised we were in Windows 2000, not Windows XP! (Time for an brain upgrade!!)

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    Re: Are Critical Updates Needed?

    For what it's worth, here's my take on the whole matter.

    Basically, you're weighing up the risks of losing data/time/money to a 'hack attack' (virus, trojan, whatever) screwing up your machine, against the risks of losing data/time/money to a critical updating screwing up your machine.

    To my mind, at least you have some control over when & how you apply the patches, and you can be proactive in reducing the risks beforehand (backups, restore points etc.), certainly not with the alternative. In addition, there's no danger of data THEFT with a patch screw-up....

    I know which way I'd go, and it isn't the one where you don't apply patches.... <img src=/S/overclocking.gif border=0 alt=overclocking width=99 height=47>
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