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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. modernize ie 6?

    Try SlimBrowser: https://www.slimbrowser.net/ SlimBrowser uses Internet Explorer's Trident rendering engine. I don't like using Internet Explorer, so instead I use SlimBrowser for the rare web sites that don't work right unless you're using some version of IE.
  4. Microsoft security essentials and Windows XP

    If you know where to look, the official versions are still available. I found this using some "magic" software created by one of our members: Here's the download link by itself: http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/msdownload/update/software/ftpk/2013/11/mseinstall_6ea36a8b108517a4dc692afc30aad122af543239.exe Checksums: MD5: f406bac9cfb876eff01314f18cda746c SHA-1: 6ea36a8b108517a4dc692afc30aad122af543239 SHA-256: 6b5846385cd3bd3e7b9ddb2f8667c2f927ff17c47d6891b526895614539dbd02 SHA-512: f9d08f0b1e399955e2b0b38b8ddc5f5596f90244d94c858cbc53daa662a2a2d780cfae625d74cb7ad25578c578f5f4100e74bcc9dd249b87e6efe18826fed354 And when the above download link no longer works, the identical file can be downloaded from Filehippo: Microsoft Security Essentials XP 4.4.304 XP
  5. Microsoft security essentials and Windows XP

    Be aware that if you have Automatic Updates turned off that MSE may attempt to re-enable Automatic Updates. I just installed MSE, and right after I did I checked and found that Automatic Updates had been enabled. Thanks to a security program, I was alerted to a potentially suspicious action. Further research led me to suspect that my Automatic Updates configuration may have been tampered with, so I checked and found that Automatic Updates had been re-enabled.
  6. If you have trouble with slow internet, you could always try lubricating the Ethernet cable so the signals can move more easily.
  7. FWIW, I was just looking at this web page: WSUS Offline Update And what did I see at the top of the page? This: So, use of this well-known tool is another possible option (for Office 2007, but previous versions of the tool may be available for earlier versions of Office).
  8. @Vistaboy Give this software a try: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/149901-batchpatcher-downloader/
  9. Here's a relevant article on this topic: The truth about Windows 7 and 8.1 'spy patches' KB 3068708, 3022345, 3075249, 3080149 For security reasons, I dislike the idea of not installing updates (it's a bad practice). I've chosen to install updates (minus some optional ones), and to disable telemetry (CEIP). Here's the method I used: Source: How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 And here's another relevant article: How to Turn Off Telemetry in Windows 7, 8
  10. BatchPatcher Downloader

    This is definitely a useful program. It would be even better if it preserved the timestamps of the downloaded updates.
  11. Here's a script you can use to uninstall the new Metro apps: Remove Windows Store apps in Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 And here's a tutorial on how to manually uninstall them: How to uninstall an App in Windows 8 This is how I removed all the apps using PowerShell: Get-AppXPackage -Allusers | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online I learned about that here: Completely disabling Metro apps in Windows 8.1 Note: There are a few apps that Windows will simply refuse to remove.
  12. I can confirm that this works. Thank-you.
  13. Personally, I don't really trust the POSReady 2009 updates. My Windows XP began having strange problems after I started installing them. And one person reported that installing those updates wrecked his Windows XP system. I decided that from now on, I'm going to be very selective about which of those updates to install. For example, I'll probably install the .NET Framework updates (if I keep .NET installed), as well as any other updates that will install without using the POSReady hack. EDIT: To clarify, this is the main reason I don't completely trust those updates (most of them): (Emphasis added.) Source: Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP Also consider software vendors producing software that is still compatible with Windows XP. They will almost certainly be testing their software on "stock" Windows XP SP3 systems; it is highly unlikely that they would test their software on Windows XP systems that have been updated using the POSReady 2009 hack.
  14. FYI: Nearly undetectable Microsoft Office exploit installs malware without an email attachment I think I'm going to get rid of (or disable) Outlook and Outlook Express.
  15. It can't be that because I don't have anything Office-related installed. In fact, I am starting with a relatively pristine system. However, I do have IE8 installed. Based on my testing, the POSReady 2008 hack itself seems to be the culprit. Test #1: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WindowsEmbedded\ProductVersion] "FeaturePackVersion"="SP3" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 Result: Scanning for updates is fairly quick (normal speed), but updates released after February 2016 are not found. Test #2: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 Result: Scanning for updates is extremely slow.