[thelist] IE Service Pack Updates v Full Browsers

Peter Brunone (EasyListBox.com) peter at easylistbox.com
Sat Jan 1 10:11:18 CST 2005

Welcome to the list, and Happy New Year from Dallas!

	When you reinstall Windows, you don't *have* to keep remnants of
the old OS.  You have the option of starting from scratch (or at the
worst, you can reformat the drive and begin again).



-----Original Message-----
From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org On Behalf Of DreamWriter

This is my first post. Spinhead encouraged me to join this list to ask
my questions about the browsers stored on evolt.org. Thank you.

I want to download the service packs only, not the full browsers, for
Internet Explorer. If you do not have the service pack updates and only
have full browsers, can you tell me where to get just the service packs
for Internet Explorer 5, 5.5, and 6.0? They are not on the Microsoft
site any more. If the service packs are on your site, how can I tell the
difference between them and the full browsers?


Windows Me is a very unstable operating system, but I'm stuck with it.
It crashes a lot, gets corrupted easily, and often requires a Windows
reinstall. It is usually not possible to uninstall IE 6 SP1 and its
service packs first because most of them have no uninstall option, do
not show up in Add/Remove Programs, or will not uninstall even if they
do show up there. When I reinstall Windows Me after IE 6 SP1 has been on
there, then what I get is a mixed browser that's both part IE 5.5 and
part IE 6 SP1. This mixed browser will not always upgrade to IE 6 SP1.
Sometimes it will, but sometimes the installation of IE 6 SP1 will fail.
In that case, the only way to get 6 back on there is to install the
service pack for IE 5.5 SP2. Currently, that service pack is only
available as a Windows Update for Windows Me, but it is an "active
setup" download, not the full update. When Microsoft ends support for
Windows Me, they will do away with the url for the "active setup,"
making the "active setup" installer no good.

If it is not possible to download just the service packs for Internet
Explorer, do you think that using the full browser install of IE 5.5 SP2
will accomplish the same thing as putting the IE 5.5 SP2 service pack
update on there? I just want to get IE 6 SP1 back on there -- whatever I
have to do to accomplish that (short of reformatting the hard drive).

P.S. If Windows XP Pro was not so different from Windows 9x and was not
so picky about hardware and software and network setup (user level
rather than share level access) and was not so expensive, I would put it
on here. The cost to buy the operating system and implement it and have
a technician come out here to re-configure the network is beyond my
means. The full retail operating system itself is $300 (oem won't cut
it, and neither will an upgrade version). The hardware needed for XP
compatibility would be more than that. Some of my software would need to
be updated to later versions, and that's another expense. A technician
visit? That would be pricey per hour. Let's not dwell on that. I'll get
depressed and start hyperventilating!

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