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Internet Explorer 9 could see massive market share gains with auto-selected Windows Update tonight

Internet Explorer 9 was officially released exactly one week ago. Even if the download numbers for its first 24 hours of existence weren't bad at 2.3 million, they were nowhere near Firefox 3's record-breaking 8 million. During the week that has passed since its launch, IE 9 has managed to secure about 1% of the browser market according to Clicky Web Analytics. However, starting tonight,...

Internet Explorer 9 RC will auto-update to IE9 final

Sometimes testing pre-release software leads to a bit of a headache down the road. Before you install the final release of some apps, they require you to uninstall the previous version, reboot, and then launch the finalized installer. That won't be the case with Internet Explorer 9, which should come as welcome news to the millions who downloaded Microsoft's latest browser. When Internet Explorer...

Project Dakota: Update Windows XP from a CD

Build PC's for a living? For a hobby? For a consortium of Russian gangsters? Either way, you'll want to know about Project Dakota. Project Dakota is a CD that contains all the updates found on the Windows Update website, including Service Pack 2. The updates come with a small stand-alone installer that runs the updates in the order set by Microsoft. For example, if you don't have Service Pack 2...

Microsoft sends takedown notice to AutoPatcher

After four years of providing safe, reliable access to publicly available Windows updates, AutoPatcher has been shut down. AutoPatcher provided a safe and easy way for users to download Windows updates without connecting to Microsoft's servers. This came in handy if you wanted to update multiple computers. You could download AutoPatcher, put it on a disc and install it on PCs before connecting...

Windows Vista Performance and Reliability Pack officially released

It looks like Microsoft has officially released the Window Performance and Reliability Pack and Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack. We first told you about these Vista update packs last week when unofficial versions made their way onto the net. Here are some of the issues the update addresses: When you copy or move a large file, the "estimated time remaining" takes a long time to be...

Hackers use Windows Update to download malicious code

Microsoft's Windows Update has a component called Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) that downloads updates while you're busy doing other things with your computer. If you get disconnected, the update will pick up where it left off when you get back on the network. Sounds great, right? Well, generally it is. But since BITS is part of your operating system, your firewall doesn't really...

Get rid of the Windows Update reboot nag

One of my biggest Windows pet peeves is the Restart Now/Restart Later nag box that pops up after your install a patch from Windows Update. Yes, Windows, I know there's a reason I shouldn't wait too long to reboot but there's absolutely no reason I should be reminded of it every 10 minutes. Fortunately, there seems to be a solution, at least for folks with SP2. Using the Group Policy editor you can...