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POSReady 2009 updates ported to Windows XP SP3 ENU


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From http://web.archive.org/web/20191108174030/https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/898461/software-update-898461-installs-a-permanent-copy-of-the-package-instal

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The Package Installer for Windows is used to install software updates for Microsoft Windows operating systems and for other Microsoft products. Software update 898461 installs a permanent copy of the Package Installer for Windows version 6.1.22.4 on the computer so that subsequent software updates can have a significantly smaller download size.

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Currently, the files for the Package Installer for Windows are downloaded every time that you use the Windows Update site or Automatic Updates to update the computer. This redundant download can be avoided if the installer files are made resident on the computer, because subsequent updates can use the resident files. Software update 898461 installs the files for the Package Installer for Windows version 6.1.22.4 on the computer.

Note This change in behavior applies only to express installation packages that are downloaded from the Windows Update site or through Automatic Updates for Microsoft Windows XP. Downloads from the Windows Update Catalog site are not affected.

I have KB898461 installed long ago and integrated to a fresh installation, no problem observed. But from descriptions above KB898461 is not needed now since WU and AU is dead for XP.

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Thanks for the info @luweitest

It's interesting that when I reboot, I'm offered 94 updates via the systray popup but if I close it, the WU shield will still sit in the systray this time with only the above update being offered. After reading about each update offered on reboot, on the next reboot I chose around 40 of them to be installed and all appeared to be going well however the only one that was going to be installed was again this same KB898461. So I cancelled it.

Like I said in my H3llo thread, I'm not sure what I did but I seem to have broken IE8 somehow. 

System properties says XPpro 2003 SP3 and winver says MS Windows Version 5.1 (Build 2600.xpsp.080413-211 : Service Pack 3) if this helps.

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Since you do not enable POSready patch, I think you could safely install all patch offered, leave off those would not install, then turn off WU for ever. Use other offline patcher alternatively.

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I'm wondering if this will change WU into a DRM?

No. I have this update installed on at least 3 systems - two of which have had the HDDs replaced several times so Windows got reinstalled and updates re-applied several times - and have never seen any issues from it.

18 hours ago, DbLH3liX said:

It's interesting that when I reboot, I'm offered 94 updates via the systray popup but if I close it, the WU shield will still sit in the systray this time with only the above update being offered. After reading about each update offered on reboot, on the next reboot I chose around 40 of them to be installed and all appeared to be going well however the only one that was going to be installed was again this same KB898461. So I cancelled it.

Continuing to quote from the same KB article as luweitest found above,

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The files for the Package Installer for Windows are installed in the following folder:

%windir%\System32\PreInstall\WinSE\WXP_%lcid%_v1

Note The placeholder %windir% represents the location of the Windows system directory. The placeholder %lcid% represents the language identifier for the operating system that the computer is running. For more information about language identifiers, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms776324.aspx

The following files are installed in this folder:

Update.exe.ref

Updspapi.dll.ref

Spuninst.exe.ref

Spcustom.dll.ref

Spmsg.dll.ref

Spupdsvc.exe.ref

You can look there to see if you have any of these files.  Depending on which updates you have already installed, you may have some of them (minus the .ref suffix) also in \windows\system32 or elsewhere, probably even a newer version.

In any case updates downloaded from the Update Catalog will generally have these files (or more likely a newer version, this set is VERY old, from 2005) packed inside each update as needed, although there is the occasional poor quality update that has a missing file, these will probably have been flagged somewhere in this massive thread. (As noted above, "Downloads from the Windows Update Catalog site are not affected.") So you could just get ALL your updates from the catalog and install them manually without needing to install this one first.

I suspect Windows Update considers this to be a prerequisite for doing any further updates, this may be why you see this behavior of not doing the other updates. If you want WU to install ANYTHING for you, this one is probably needed first.

But beyond that, I'm a little surprised WU did anything at all, I thought the update server was no longer compatible with XP since they changed all the certificate signatures to SHA2 only....

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Thank you @luweitest and @w2k4eva for your replies.

I'm only just catching up on this update journey so no, I haven't yet applied the POSReady patch and to be honest I'm not really sure what it does but I wanted to be as up-to-date as possible before researching it any further.

As for the folder of the package installer, I do have C:\WINDOWS\system32 (like everyone else with a 32bit XP) but I don't have that folder at all so perhaps you are right in that I need that update (to install that folder) before the others can install, which I think I'm going to go ahead an do manually if they're not installed by WU again.

I assume the list in WU via my popup is the order of importance because when I checked out the update catalogue the dates for the updates weren't in order, so therefore I should install them manually in the order they were offered. Is this the case?

Updating IE6 to IE8 seems to have been the "trigger" to re-activate WU.

Is it WMP11 that takes away the ability to play all files? Currently I have WMP9 and am happy with it. It plays most files and the ones it won't, I use VLC to play anyway. I'm not sure I really want to mess with media player since it's not broken...unless it was a "critical" update ..?

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