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  1. 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.
  2. WindowsPatchLoader

    Thank you for creating this very useful software.
  3. Thank-you! That information may be very useful.
  4. Has anyone tried installing the .NET Framework updates that were released in 2014 to 2017 on a Windows XP SP3 system that has not had the POSReady reg tweak applied to it?
  5. And what about this one?: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WindowsEmbedded\ProductVersion] "FeaturePackVersion"="SP3" Delete or keep?
  6. This is the reg tweak that I used: Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\WindowsEmbedded\ProductVersion] "FeaturePackVersion"="SP3" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\WEPOS] "Installed"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\WES] "Installed"=dword:00000000 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\WPA\PosReady] "Installed"=dword:00000001 Even though I got that from this forum, I now suspect that this is not the best/correct reg tweak to use. I believe that I need to delete that first registry key. Correct? And are there any others I should also delete?
  7. I checked and found that I already had Windows Installer 4.5 installed, but due to some strange behavior I investigated further and saw that the version I have is 4.5.6002.23731, which is for Windows Vista and not Windows XP. I'm not sure how that got on there, but I am fairly certain that I didn't install it, so my guess is that it was downloaded and installed by some software. I'd like to roll back Windows Installer to the previous version so I can install the correct Windows XP version of Windows Installer 4.5, but I am not even sure that it is possible. And if it is possible, I don't know how to accomplish that. Can it be done?
  8. I have a Windows XP Pro system that I applied the POSReady reg tweak to that has a problem -- security updates aren't being offered anymore. The system got crapped-up due to the testing of a lot of security software, so I restored from a backup that was made in December 2015. These are the most recent (latest) updates that were installed: ie8-windowsxp-kb3134814-x86-embedded-enu_10f3fd3d69bc17467abeb7125240a9cd1247b168.exe windowsxp-kb3126593-x86-embedded-enu_28707de25730ebbb4d0e5f02d156dff431bc6e6d.exe Those are both from February 2016. I'm no longer being offered newer security updates; I'm only being offered a few optional "updates" (like Skype) that I declined in the past. What do I need to do to fix this?
  9. My mother has a Windows 8.1 PC with GWX Control Panel and Never10 installed on it. This past Wednesday, GWX Control Panel reported the presence of files related to Windows 10. Running Never10 reported that "Windows 10 Upgrade is ENABLED for this system!" Apparently, a Windows update re-enabled the ability of Windows 8.1 to be "upgraded" to Windows 10. In addition, neither GWX Control Panel nor Never10 are able to reverse this condition or delete the Windows 10-related files. Considering that the period for the free "upgrade" to Windows 10 has passed, it seems rather strange that this would happen now. Something else strange also occurred. I sent the following two links to my mother so she could download the latest version of GWX Control Panel. Download page: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/ Direct download link: http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/GwxControlPanelSetup.exe My mother's reply: "My computer won't let me download either one. I click on the link and I wait and it doesn't open." I downloaded GwxControlPanelSetup.exe, changed its name, and then uploaded the renamed installer file to a personal website. My mother was then able to download the (renamed) GWX Control Panel installer and install the latest version. The latest version of GWX Control Panel also failed to fix the problem. I'm not sure what to think of all this. Phil
  10. I found this article yesterday: http://www.chntpw.com/reset-forgotten-microsoft-account-password-windows-10-8/ It's probably too late to help you, but it might help someone else. Phil
  11. Batch Patcher 2.11

    The download link in the first post isn't working for me. Phil
  12. Hi Dave, Well, I did have it briefly installed at one point, but it annoyed me so I removed it. I am going to try switching to Classic Search and see if that works. If so, I'll probably stick with that. Thanks for the feedback (you too, Dclem). UPDATE: Switching to Classic Search worked. I used this method to make the switch: Restore Classic Search in Windows XP Phil
  13. I just discovered that the search function in Windows Explorer is broken. The little animated search dog appears, but the area above him is completely grey. I am wondering if one of the recent POSReady updates is responsible. Has anyone else encountered this problem recently? Phil
  14. Woody Leonhard recently pointed out that there are two new suspicious updates: Source: MS-DEFCON 3: Get patches installed, except for a couple I downloaded both of them. Here are the file names (and other info): 1150451 bytes Mar 2 19:02 windows8.1-kb3103709-v2-x86_b99cdf57e8814c1a882ece313690c5431068847d.cab 11592414 bytes Mar 2 19:16 windows8.1-kb3115224-v2-x86_55b4b6444674bcddcb9922b0dea12b0e7dd15ef9.cab Obviously, those are for the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 Notice that both updates have "v2" in their file names. I checked my collection of updates to see if I have earlier versions of these updates. I do not. Phil
  15. This program might save you a lot of aggravation: Portable Update. It's what I use. I never use Windows Update or automatic updates. Here's another program that might be useful: ABC-Update. I haven't used that one yet, but I have at least one idea on how I might use it. Since it's a command-line utility, I was thinking of creating a batch file that uses ABC-Update to uninstall all of the suspect updates that are listed on the first page of this thread. Phil