Belarc advisor for listing updates installed...? to list ones that are not?

Discussion in 'other software & services' started by HandsOff, Dec 28, 2004.

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  1. HandsOff

    HandsOff Registered Member

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    I have little desire to use XP Automatic Updates

    the biggest problems I have doing the manual updates are

    a) am I installing a patch that is an earlier form of a newer patch?
    (will this blow anything up?)
    b) am I installing a patch that was already included in a cumulative patch?
    (will this blow anything up?)
    c) did I overlook an important patch. maybe one from 3 years ago, but is still important.
    (are there obscure, but important ones not included in the cumulative patches - perhaps needing to be installed separately - perhaps ms just lost interest in them (323507?))
    d) am i not understanding the logic of nomenclature that labels sp1 compatable patches as sp2 and sp3(?)

    To sum it up:
    Is there a program that will examine my computer and tell me if I have not installed something that I really should have? (I realize that does not mean I will be able to find the update...)

    Any little hints will be highly appreciated. I am beginning to realize managing XP updates is not the simple task I had believed that it was. Criticle is in the eye of end user!

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    Peaches4U Registered Member

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    U will find some tips here: http://www.engr.sc.edu/its/?c=28
     
  3. HandsOff

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    Thanks again!

    I tried MBSA a few months ago, and had some problems with it. This looks like a better explanation, and besides, I may understand the issues better now. It's been a real challenge.

    I know people are always heaping praise on Wilder's, and it gets boring to read...but for gosh sakes, I was afraid to install a hard drive before I met Paul and his friends. If this learning continues I could someday become "a Computer Guru."

    - HandsOff
     
  4. HandsOff

    HandsOff Registered Member

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    Hmmmmmmmm

    the now instead of Automatic Updates scaning my computer for two minutes, I get MBSA scanning for five minutes and connecting to microsoft to compare with the security analysis database?

    and even then they include a comment about if one of MY updates is a later version then the one in THEIR database? Sorry guys, it's not true. I am not the author of Windows Updates!

    and lastly:

    CAN I GET AN UPDATE THAT WILL MAKE MICROSOFT QUIT TELLING ME THAT I DO NOT HAVE SP2 INSTALLEDo_O
     
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