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  1. pcalvert

    .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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. pcalvert

    Microsoft security essentials and Windows XP

    This tip may be helpful: Fix High CPU Usage & Perfomance of Microsoft Security Essentials and Windows Defender Phil
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. pcalvert

    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.
  8. pcalvert

    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.
  9. pcalvert

    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
  10. pcalvert

    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.
  11. If you have trouble with slow internet, you could always try lubricating the Ethernet cable so the signals can move more easily.
  12. 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).
  13. @Vistaboy Give this software a try: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/149901-batchpatcher-downloader/
  14. 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
  15. pcalvert

    BatchPatcher Downloader

    This is definitely a useful program. It would be even better if it preserved the timestamps of the downloaded updates.