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  1. That's why I recommend using both. I haven't used any version of Windows as my main OS since December 2005. I have Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows 8.1 all running in VMs (I use VirtualBox). One of the advantages of doing this is that I don't have to use Windows 8.1 any more than necessary, which is good because I don't like using it. I'd much rather use Windows XP. I also don't have to worry about looking for newer hardware that is still compatible with Windows XP since I'm not trying to run it on "bare metal". Phil
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    Suddenly there are 80+ important updates

    In case anyone else encounters a similar situation, this was the cause: My mother changed the configuration for Windows Update and didn't tell me. She checked a checkbox that we purposely unchecked when setting up Windows 8.1 on her computer (see attached picture). Phil
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    Mozilla Firefox 52 esr support petition

    What about SeaMonkey? That's another Mozilla web browser, and it seems that Windows XP is still supported (and even SP3 isn't required). https://www.seamonkey-project.org/doc/system-requirements Phil
  4. I like that approach. But after installing the security-only updates, I'd probably use MBSA, Belarc Advisor, and BatchPatcher Downloader to guide me toward the needed updates. And finally I'd use Windows Update to see if I missed anything. Phil
  5. Earlier in the week my mother reported that Windows Update is now reporting 80+ important updates and 6 optional updates. Prior to this, Windows Update was reporting zero important updates and 80+ optional updates. It seems that about 80 optional updates suddenly got moved over to "Important". Very strange. Does anyone have any idea of what might have caused this? OS: Windows 8.1, 64-bit. Phil
  6. Well, there was a security-only update (KB4462941) that I could have installed instead, and that's probably what I should have done. Regarding my approach, I decided a long time ago that avoiding updates isn't really a viable long-term option. And even if I am somewhat successful at avoiding unwanted components, there's a good chance that they'll eventually sneak in at some point. That being the case, I decided that I will learn how to disable the unwanted software so it's not able to run. Phil
  7. It appears that last month's KB4462926 contains telemetry components. I discovered it yesterday when one of my anti-malware defenses detected new stuff trying to run. What's annoying is that I'd previously opted out of this, and also disabled telemetry (as best as I could). It looks like I will need to resort to more aggressive countermeasures. Phil
  8. Does anyone know of any good, freeware programs for testing disk I/O that run on Windows 2000? I want to test how partition alignment affects HDD read and write speeds in a VM that's on a 2 TB HDD. Phil
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    .NET Framework 4.7.2

    I see that .NET Framework 4.7.2 is an optional update. I've been holding off installing it, but I've been wondering if there any good reasons to install it. Phil
  10. This web page is very useful (to me): Master Patch List As for software, I like BatchPatcher Downloader and WindowsPatchLoader. I especially like BatchPatcher Downloader because it allows me to save detailed info about the updates to a text file. Phil
  11. Originally I installed all of the updates, but it wasn't too long before the system was acting flaky and a little sluggish. I don't know what the cause was, but it could have been something I did (e.g., too much system hardening). Anyway, I decided to start over and use more of a minimalist ("less is more") approach. I did a restore from an older system image that was fairly pristine and had no POSReady 2009 updates installed. Now I only install the IE8 updates and the updates for .NET Framework 4.0, and the system is running great. Since I don't use Windows XP for surfing the web, I am not concerned about installing every available update. Phil
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    Microsoft security essentials and Windows XP

    This tip may be helpful: Fix High CPU Usage & Perfomance of Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender Phil
  13. This update is no longer showing up for me, and I'm fairly certain that I didn't install it: 2018-01-09 2018-01 Security Only Update for .NET Framework 4 on WES09 and POSReady 2009 (KB4054173) Listing of File URLs: ndp40-kb4054173-x86 - http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/secu/2018/01/ndp40-kb4054173-x86_a223c7d77b86086e3fd412e816edc47e31458f96.exe (4171 KB) Description: A security issue has been identified in a Microsoft software product that could affect your system. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article. After you install this update, you may have to restart your system. Anyone have any ideas as to why I am no longer being offered that update? And would it hurt to install it anyway, even if I don't really need it? Phil
  14. Well, it appears that my MSE never got the memo, because it updated last week when I had it open. And it did it automatically, which surprised me. I thought I would need to click on the "Update" button. Seriously, though, I think the key phrase above is "on Windows XP". If you are using POSReady 2009 (or the POSReady "hack"), then technically you're not using Windows XP.
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    Microsoft security essentials and Windows XP

    The download link that I posted here still works: https://msfn.org/board/topic/175514-microsoft-security-essentials-and-windows-xp/?do=findComment&comment=1148188 Here it is again: http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/ftpk/2013/11/mseinstall_6ea36a8b108517a4dc692afc30aad122af543239.exe If I had a German version of Windows XP SP3, or could somehow fool Windows (via registry tweak?) into thinking that I am running a German version of Windows XP, I might be able to find the download link for the German version of MSE.