Radish Posted May 17, 2019 Share Posted May 17, 2019 (edited) @bphlpt I've been very busy so haven't been able to respond quickly. However, something you said lead me to curing a very recent problem that surfaced when trying to play some recently released videos on a Vimeo 'channel' that I follow. The 'channel' has the title "Common Weal". I could play every video in that 'channel' in Firefox without issues with the exception of the two most recently released videos. The videos that I couldn't get to play were: An Investment-Led Economic Development Framework For An Independent Scotland Know Your Growth Commission: Financial Regulations At the time I puzzled over this and thought that Common Weal and/or Vimeo changed something and made the videos no longer playable in my Firefox browser (I also checked this with a portable Opera browser that I keep for trying to troubleshoot any internet related problems. I got the same results using Opera - and because of that I thought it possible to discount notion of an issue with Firefox itself.) I contacted Common Weal about the problem but the woman I was communicating with was clueless, said no one else was having the problem, but that she'd pass the information to their web developers. So I waited for a couple of weeks and further response never came. Then I read your comment: On 4/27/2019 at 2:28 AM, bphlpt said: Like you, I avoid IE completely, but since I think other parts of the OS might use aspects of IE behind the scene, I choose to keep it updated, but NEVER use it on purpose. When I read that an intuitive bulb lit up concerning the Vimeo videos and I thought to test the intuition out. So, cutting a long story short, to update my IE 8 (which I never use) to IE 11 (which I never will use) I had to install some prerequisite KBs into my Windows 7 SP1. The prerequisites were listed here (along with 3 Optional KBs): https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2847882/prerequisite-updates-for-internet-explorer-11 So, I started to install the KBs as listed in that table, working from the top of the table down. (On trying to install KB2533623 I got an error message saying "This update is not applicable to your computer." On doing some research on that it turned out that that KB was actually for a Windows Vista computer; so Microsoft goofed in listing it as a Windows 7 SP1 prerequisite. So this update got skipped.) For each update that installed I rebooted the computer and then tried to see if I the two Vimeo videos that wouldn't play started to play with the following results: KB2729094 - No change, videos still would not play KB2731771 - No change, videos still would not play KB2533623 - Wouldn't install - intended for Windows Vista KB2670838 - Success! Once this was installed the two videos that wouldn't play started to play in Firefox. (So the installation of one, two or three of these KBs, or some combination thereof, was what was required to get the Vimeo videos to play.) I then installed the other 2 prerequisite KBs in order: KB2786081 KB2834140 Then I updated my IE 8 to IE 11 and then installed the 3 Optional KBs. So your comment on the advisability of keeping IE up to date because it might have a background effect on the OS turned out to be the solution to recent Vimeo videos in as much I had to install some prerequisite KBs to get them play. So as far as KBs go I have now increased my count of 'essential' KBs installed by an additional 5 now (discounting the Vista one, of course). Or you could say by 8 if counting in the 3 Optional ones - but those probably don't full under the 'essential' label. So thanks very much for your comment, @bphlpt. That off the cuff remark enabled me to sort a very recent problem that I encountered and that was niggling me for a couple of weeks. One question though. When you say you chose to keep IE up to date what do you mean precisely? Like you just install security patches for it? Or something else? Also I think I read elsewhere on this forum that MS were planning to ditch IE in favour of Microsoft Edge. So what would be your thoughts on that? Is that about to become a critical matter for folks trying to avoid, as much as possible, updating Windows 7 SP1? Hope the above helps someone else sometime. Edited May 17, 2019 by Radish 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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