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Microsoft Update & Windows Update


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#1 david28

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 07:37 PM

Hi :thumbsup:

I have always wanted to know the difference between Microsoft Update and Windows Update. To me they are the same thing - I can't see any difference. THis also leads up to why in the Programs menu it has a link to MS Update and Windows Update.

Anyone know?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 07:51 PM

Microsoft has more than just it's Windows OS as a product. For example, Office and all it's various stand alone componets. All the various incarnations of server software, just to name a few. They are all Microsoft products that need updates, just like Windows.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 07:59 PM

Ok yeah I understand that but how come those two links int eh start menu both lead to the exact same place?

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:06 PM

Because thats where all the updates are. I update my OS then my office products as needed from that link.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:12 PM

Ahk now I understand you :thumbsup:

But why did Microsoft put two links that are identical and next to each other and they both lead to the same place:

Here is a screenshot:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:18 PM

According to Microsoft:

Microsoft Update is a service that helps you keep Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and other programs current.

It supports Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 SP3 or later, and Windows Server 2003.

It provides updates for Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange Server.


Windows Update is a service that helps you keep Microsoft Windows current. It supports Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000 SP3 or later, Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 SP2 or earlier, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 95, and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 current
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In the great scheme of things, Microsoft Updates is fairly new. Used to be for updates to other MS services was seperate from Windows updates. I recall the days when I had to go to Office Updates to get whatever was available for Office.
Microsoft Updates combines them all in one place.
The reason you see both of them is easy-Windows Updates is added to the start menu as a part of Windows.
When you use it for the first time, Microsoft Update is installed on your computer, thus putting it on the start menu also.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 08:24 PM

Thanks for that :flowers:

I can always rely on you guys :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:03 PM

If you don't want both of them on the start menu, remove one of them. I don't like a cluttered start menu, so I remove the link for Windows Updates.

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:08 PM

No it isn't that, it is just that i was curious why they would put both in the start menu :thumbsup:

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