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  1. If you have trouble with slow internet, you could always try lubricating the Ethernet cable so the signals can move more easily.
  2. FWIW, I was just looking at this web page: WSUS Offline Update And what did I see at the top of the page? This: So, use of this well-known tool is another possible option (for Office 2007, but previous versions of the tool may be available for earlier versions of Office).
  3. @Vistaboy Give this software a try: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/149901-batchpatcher-downloader/
  4. Here's a relevant article on this topic: The truth about Windows 7 and 8.1 'spy patches' KB 3068708, 3022345, 3075249, 3080149 For security reasons, I dislike the idea of not installing updates (it's a bad practice). I've chosen to install updates (minus some optional ones), and to disable telemetry (CEIP). Here's the method I used: Source: How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 And here's another relevant article: How to Turn Off Telemetry in Windows 7, 8
  5. BatchPatcher Downloader

    This is definitely a useful program. It would be even better if it preserved the timestamps of the downloaded updates.
  6. Here's an article on how to uninstall the new Metro apps using Powershell: Windows 8.1 - Powershell Script to Uninstall Default Programs Just ignore the part about Vagrant (unless you use that, of course). And here's a tutorial on how to manually uninstall them: How to uninstall an App in Windows 8
  7. I can confirm that this works. Thank-you.
  8. Personally, I don't really trust the POSReady 2009 updates. My Windows XP began having strange problems after I started installing them. And one person reported that installing those updates wrecked his Windows XP system. I decided that from now on, I'm going to be very selective about which of those updates to install. For example, I'll probably install the .NET Framework updates (if I keep .NET installed), as well as any other updates that will install without using the POSReady hack. EDIT: To clarify, this is the main reason I don't completely trust those updates (most of them): (Emphasis added.) Source: Registry hack enables continued updates for Windows XP Also consider software vendors producing software that is still compatible with Windows XP. They will almost certainly be testing their software on "stock" Windows XP SP3 systems; it is highly unlikely that they would test their software on Windows XP systems that have been updated using the POSReady 2009 hack.
  9. FYI: Nearly undetectable Microsoft Office exploit installs malware without an email attachment I think I'm going to get rid of (or disable) Outlook and Outlook Express.
  10. It can't be that because I don't have anything Office-related installed. In fact, I am starting with a relatively pristine system. However, I do have IE8 installed. Based on my testing, the POSReady 2008 hack itself seems to be the culprit. Test #1: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WindowsEmbedded\ProductVersion] "FeaturePackVersion"="SP3" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 Result: Scanning for updates is fairly quick (normal speed), but updates released after February 2016 are not found. Test #2: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 Result: Scanning for updates is extremely slow.
  11. Does anyone know what causes scanning for updates to take "forever" and possible solutions? By "forever" I mean no results after waiting for more than one hour. Based on previous experience, such behavior does not seem at all normal.
  12. EMET on up-to-date Windows XP

    FWIW, I was able to find MBAE v1.10.1.24 here: https://malwarebytes.box.com/s/xhbp0e8xyj4iom093gdtwyervxva0zxh I found the link and info here: https://malwaretips.com/threads/malwarebytes-anti-exploit-2017-update-thread.71901/#post-653879
  13. I use this tool to search for updates: It's not perfect, though. When using it to search the Microsoft Update Catalog, it returns a long list of updates, but does not filter out the ones which are already installed. And when I used it to search for Windows XP updates, I didn't see any .NET Framework updates in the list, so the list is obviously not exhaustive. Even so, it's still very useful.
  14. WindowsPatchLoader

    Thank you for creating this very useful software.
  15. Thank-you! That information may be very useful.