This has been discussed here before:
ALright somewhere in this post i got lost ....... If i download the 'Full' IE6SP1 ( the 80mb download) is that all the updates and fixes in one ? because usually you have to sign on to the net and do a windows update get IE6SP! , reboot then go back and get the updates (not quite sure how many there is ) ........ does this already have them all ? i am tring to follow the installation for the unoffical service pack and so on
bascially i just wanna do it right .......
P.S. i use firefox 99.9% of the time but i still wanna be up to date .... is the 80mb IE6SP1 enough ?
bascially i dont wanna have to install IE6SP1 thru the internet i just want to burn the file to disk and install it from there and i wanna know that i have the updates
1. Full IE 6.0 SP1 does install the full browser + all "accesories" [like language packs, WMP, Flash etc] on all Win32 OSes [except XP + 2003 which install newer builds] but think about it for a moment:
MS released it way back in August 1992, it does NOT contain ANY patches/fixes/updates, and to my knowledge, since 2002 they have never released ANY service packs, update rollups or whatever u want to call them.
So in order to install all current MS IE 6.0 SP1 patches you need to install them either from a web site like mine, by hand, file by file:
or you can go to windowsupdate.com [and make sure your MS Windows OS has Windows Update + ActiveX enabled] to install all the ones MS has posted there, but they don't have or don't support all the ones I have listed @ URL above, so after allowing windowsupdate.com reboot your computer [so the newly installed patches can take effect] you still need to search the internet for sites like mine to install by hand the ones you don't have.
But the catch is if u installed only the ones @ windowsupdate.com it is difficult [especially for somebody who never did this and/or is just learning about his/her computer] and time consuming to hunt down all patches that remain to be installed by hand.
So in the long run it is less frustrating to install manually all patches from a web site like mine which posts all links to all current files. As I said before, there are roughly ~ 10 files you need to d/l + install. The catch here is your connection speed. 56K users may have to wait longer [actually a lot longer], but the files windowsupdate.com installs are identical with the ones from web sites like mine [because I link to MS servers], so it does not cut down on d/l time.
2. No matter which web browser u use [I prefer Firefox, but this applies also to Opera, Mozilla, Netscape, Maxthon etc] u MUST have ALL current MS security patches because MS IE is integrated into the Win32 OS, therefore your OS uses a bunch of IE files to access the internet one way or another, even if u never use IE to browse the net.
IMHO: the only reason to use IE is to access windowsupdate.com and eventually d/l files from MS web site that require "Genuine MS Windows" [but u must run XP or 2003 for most], because u must have ActiveX enabled for this to work. And don't get me started on how insecure ActiveX is.
BTW: Maxthon is only a MS IE 6.xx [6.xx covers all MS IE 6 builds = 6.0 and 6.0 SP1] "skin", and therefore u must have MS IE 6 or newer already installed in order to use Maxthon and the likes: Avant, SlimBrowser, Crazy Browser, NeoPlanet etc. More like this:
And to save a little time: same as installing from windowsupdate.com u don't need to reboot after installing each patch, just install them all and select No/Cancel when it prompts you to reboot/restart Windows at the end of most patch installs when installing by hand.
But make sure u d/l only the most recent ones from a web site like mine, because some other sites may have not updated their web pages to delete older/duplicate patches.
And even if u have "stripped down" your OS by removing most IE files by the use of IEradicate or 98lite or Windows 98 on CD or Minimal Windows or Nano98 [all linked here: http://www.mdgx.com/newtip98.htm#98L and here: http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm#FIX ], there still are [very few] IE files without which your OS canNOT function. And those few files need to have their respective patches installed to make sure your computer is as safe as possible.
The only case u don't need IE nor its many patches is if u never access the internet, but who can resist the "temptation"? Or switch to MAC OS X or Linux.
But [there's always a "but"], as someone here said [I believe it was erpdude8], ALL browsers have or will soon have security flaws and will need patching, no matter the OS.
Basically if u use a Win32 OS like 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP or 2003, u need to become familiar with MS patching process, to keep up with all the fixes they keep posting roughly once a month.
Hope this helps.