Never Trust an Update 'Til You Look It In The Eye
Guest Review from Jean in Montana
Greetings from Montana. Clif has been gracious enough to invite guests to write a bit for the "Notes", so I thought I would give it a whirl. I just love pointing out the faults of Microsoft and ranting on about Bill Gates. Sadly for those of us using the product the opportunity to find fault comes around often.
April Sixth was the infamous "Patch Tuesday". The Wednesday before (4/6) I drilled my class that they must install all updates as a part of their homework. I was informed by several of them they couldn't get any updates on Tuesday(4/12) while we were in class the next day(4/13). I was personally offline due to a move and couldn't see if this was true until later. When I was able to get online I began investigating and found people posting to Windows XP Central asking why they could get no updates until Wed.
If you got your updates is the next question. Seems many did not get all updates offered.
Quote from PC Mag: The more interesting update is the KB842773: "Update package that includes BITS 2.0 and WinHTTP 5.1 …for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000." BITS is the Background Intelligent Transfer Service and WinHTTP is the HTTP component in Windows that performs HTTP communications. (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1787648,00.asp)
Also reported to not always installed is version 3.1 of the Windows Installer ( http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=42467 ) this program manages program and patch installations.