http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/29519.html Windows Update keeps tabs on all system software By John Leyden Posted: 28/02/2003 at 10:49 GMT Evidence obtained by German hardware site tecChannel suggests a list of software installed on an XP machine is sent to Microsoft when users run Windows Update. **more at the above link** That is a list of ALL software on the machine. One more reason for me not to use XP. I have always thought that M$ spies on Windows users. It is the obvious natural behaviour of a meglomaniac like Bill Gates. Now there is proof. Of course, I doubt that anything of significance will come of this. It has already been proven that not even the United States Government and judicial system can do anything to stop Billy boy. Some may think this is not a big deal and some will even try to justify it. I personally think its just the tip of an iceberg, that may never be fully uncovered. I don't think there is a conspiracy as the article might suggest. I think it is simply a total disreguard of users privacy by M$. Bah!