Re: Microsoft doing secret Dimdows updates

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. Here's another idea
    <http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/vista/coincidence_wga_failures_followed_windows_update_381.html>:
    could these silent self-updates of Dimdows Update have been a factor in the
    recent Dimdows Genuine Disadvantage spurious-failures episode?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 25, 2007
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  2. Lawrence D'Oliveiro

    Geoff Guest

    Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
    > Here's another idea
    > <http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/vista/coincidence_wga_failures_followed_windows_update_381.html>:
    > could these silent self-updates of Dimdows Update have been a factor
    > in the recent Dimdows Genuine Disadvantage spurious-failures episode?


    Don't you find that your apparent main focus in life seems a little twisted
    ?

    geoff
    Geoff, Sep 25, 2007
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  3. Just to rub salt in the wound, it turns out those secret Dimdows Update
    updates can bork your system to the point that _all_ subsequent updates
    will fail to install properly: <http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=817>.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 27, 2007
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  4. In message <fdft35$9t5$>, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:

    > Just to rub salt in the wound, it turns out those secret Dimdows Update
    > updates can bork your system to the point that _all_ subsequent updates
    > will fail to install properly: <http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=817>.


    Microsoft admits there is a problem
    <http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9039681&intsrc=hm_list>.
    Has to do with the XP repair rolling things back to an earlier version of
    Dimdows Update that didn't have one shareable library that was added later.
    Thus a subsequent re-update of Dimdows Update fails to correctly "register"
    this additional library, so the update mechanism stops working.

    Question: why do shareable libraries need individual "registering" before
    they can work? There is no equivalent need to go through this rigmarole
    with Linux shareable libraries as far as I'm aware.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Sep 29, 2007
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