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.


Well, anyway, you can switch your system over to Microsoft Update (I have) by visiting 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 22:18
Don't forget Office Communicator, which looks like Messenger but isn't.
July 20, 2005 13:25
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 16:56
Sigh...updates still are failing when running from a RUNAS (to an user with Administrator rights) instance of IE. :-(
July 20, 2005 19:53
They are likly recommending it because your browser reported itself as en-us?
July 21, 2005 21:29
Shiny? Is that a Firefly reference?
July 21, 2005 21:42
Jorriss. 是啊。Very astute of you.
August 03, 2005 12:32
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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