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Macrosuck, etc

So, those two PCs that I was working on over the weekend? I still can't get the Windows Update web site to play nice with them. majikshop suggested manually downloading and installing BITS 2.0 and Windows Installer v2, which I did along with the Win2k SP4 security rollup patch bundle #1. No joy. Yet, all of my existing Win2k boxes will merrily go through Windows Update and get their patches. This is the same problem I had with brianrogers' laptop on Saturday (it hadn't seen Windows Update in a verrry long time).

What I'm wondering is -- coincidence or conspiracy? Microsoft obviously broke something in Windows Update that is now preventing seriously out-of-date Win2k machines from getting updates. The question is, is it part of a MS plan to bully people over onto vista by making the old stuff unsupportable? Or is it just typical MS bungling where they broke something and decided not to fix it because no one's building new Windows 2000 boxes any more...?

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On another note entirely, I'm three chapter's in to Charles Stross' (autopope) Accelerando. I'm not sure that I'm liking it, but it sure is interesting.

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Last, but definately not least, thank you to everyone who has sent birthday wishes. I'm looking forward to a nice day off tomorrow -- my actual birthday.

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majikshop
Aug. 29th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Oh - One other thing. . .
Have you installed Internet Explorer 6 manually yet? The version of IE that comes installed under Win2k by default doesn't play particularly nicely w/ Win Update. That just re-occurred to me as I was reading this post. . . .
netcurmudgeon
Aug. 29th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
Re: Oh - One other thing. . .
That's one of the first things I did on initial install. My usual post-install drill is to copy the I386 directory onto the PC, slipstream SP4 into the I386 folder, install SP4, then install IE6. And then, the Windows Update death march ... feh.
stillsostrange
Aug. 30th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
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