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Windows98 Critical Updates


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#1 Shoban Sen

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 08:29 PM

I still use Windows 98 and, as everybody knows, it seldom needs critical updates.
After a long time, I just connected to Windows98 update site to check if I need any critical updates and discovered that I do need one (KB891781). Since I have not done it lately, I have forgotten the correct procedure. I know if I download it, it will install automatically. But do I need to close the programs that run in the background first? For software installation, I always do that (Ctrl+Alt+Delete, then End Task) though I know some people say that is not necessary, just close the programs you can SEE running. However, to be on the safeside, I ALWAYS do that, and I have never regretted. My question is, is it necessary to do the same even for installing Windows updates/security patches? Should I, at least, temporarily disable the antivirus program and remove the screensaver? I believe in taking precautions -- better be safe than sorry.

Any advice from knowledgeable persons will be appreciated.

Edited by Shoban Sen, 28 February 2005 - 11:50 PM.

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#2 TexasAngel67

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Posted 28 February 2005 - 10:44 PM

Shoban,
You are safe. No need to disable anything at all when doing your updates. Good question and I'm glad you asked it. I'm sure many were unsure.

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#3 Shoban Sen

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Posted 02 March 2005 - 11:40 PM

Thank you TexasAngel67. After seeing your reply, I tried to download and install that critical update (KB891781) twice (on two different days). Each time the progress bar indicated that the download was complete. But the installation never starts. Things just stall. I waited at least 5 minutes each time before hitting the Cancel button. Then I checked my Windows update history page. It shows that this particular update Failed each time.

Any idea why it is failing?
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