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jkd
05-25-2005, 07:40 AM
I recently obtained an older computer (not too too old), and replaced Windows ME with a legit copy of WinXP I had laying around. Now, I want to expose it to the net, but I know the dangers of an unpatched Windows system. The problem is, I'm only on dialup, and it would take days to download the hundreds of megabytes in patches I would need to get it up to par.

Now, it's possible for me to go wardriving with my powerbook and find a fast network, but is it possible to download *every* cumalative patch and burn to a cd (or dvd, if I have to)? Last time I updated a Windows machine I seem to remember many many patches that I had to download and install in order, and I'm not sure if I can get them outside Windows Update.

_Aerospace_Eng_
05-25-2005, 07:49 AM
Why not download Service Pack 2 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=049c9dbe-3b8e-4f30-8245-9e368d3cdb5a&DisplayLang=en)? You will get most of the updates in SP2. You may be able to request a disc from Microsoft with SP2 on it, not sure, they did this for other service packs.

jkd
05-25-2005, 07:58 AM
Why not download Service Pack 2 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=049c9dbe-3b8e-4f30-8245-9e368d3cdb5a&DisplayLang=en)? You will get most of the updates in SP2. You may be able to request a disc from Microsoft with SP2 on it, not sure, they did this for other service packs.

AFAIK, even unpatched SP2 machines get rooted pretty quickly (like, 37 minutes, or something like that). I'd like to not take that chance, if possible.

Skyzyx
05-25-2005, 09:12 AM
I'd say to just get the full SP2 installer (~272 MB) and burn that to CD: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=049C9DBE-3B8E-4F30-8245-9E368D3CDB5A&displaylang=en

You can set it to download in the evening, before you go to bed. After that, additional patches shouldn't take that long to get in place.

JamieR
05-25-2005, 09:28 AM
Seeing as you are on dialup, you could get a cd of it from MS and then use that.

firepages
05-25-2005, 11:06 AM
Windows update is better than you probably remember it , it now scans and if you choose `express intall` downloads just critical stuff , SP2 with just the basics is still ~75MB though :(

Don't know about where you live but here most PC magazines still put out SP2 on disc from time to time ?

Bill Posters
05-25-2005, 11:13 AM
Fwiw
I seem to recall seeing the SP2 update available on the cover disk of the (official?) WindowsXP magazine.
It's one other option, I guess.



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