Scott Hanselman

Microsoft Update versus Windows Update

July 19, '05 Comments [7] Posted in Musings
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Sigh, well apparently no one in Microsoft marketing remembers the chaos caused (and still caused) by multiple versions of Windows Messenger versus Microsoft Messenger versus MSN Messenger. And it was only a year ago.

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Well, anyway, you can switch your system over to Microsoft Update (I have) by visiting http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate. Of course, switch only your personal computer unless your IT department has OK'ed this, yada yada. Looks like a new ActiveX control will be downloaded and you'll have Office Updates included within your Automatic BITS Updates. Shiny.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005 6:18:48 PM UTC
Don't forget Office Communicator, which looks like Messenger but isn't.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 9:25:00 AM UTC
There's also cultural insensitivity. On the "Change Settings" page (which strangely has the heading "options"), the language choices say:

English (Recommended)

Why is English recommended? What if I don't speak English?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 12:56:20 PM UTC
Sigh...updates still are failing when running from a RUNAS (to an user with Administrator rights) instance of IE. :-(
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 3:53:37 PM UTC
They are likly recommending it because your browser reported itself as en-us?
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Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:29:55 PM UTC
Shiny? Is that a Firefly reference?
Thursday, July 21, 2005 5:42:14 PM UTC
Jorriss. 是啊。Very astute of you.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005 8:32:01 AM UTC
Eventually, Microsoft Update will provide updates for nearly all major Microsoft products, which will be a big time saver. It's already nice not having to visit Office Update separately now. No word yet on whether new Halo maps will be considered "critical updates" though.
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