Scott Hanselman

Microsoft Update versus Windows Update

July 19, 2005 Comment on this post [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. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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July 19, 2005 18:18
Don't forget Office Communicator, which looks like Messenger but isn't.
July 20, 2005 9:25
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?
July 20, 2005 12:56
Sigh...updates still are failing when running from a RUNAS (to an user with Administrator rights) instance of IE. :-(
July 20, 2005 15:53
They are likly recommending it because your browser reported itself as en-us?
July 21, 2005 17:29
Shiny? Is that a Firefly reference?
July 21, 2005 17:42
Jorriss. 是啊。Very astute of you.
August 03, 2005 8:32
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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