Last week I got a Microsoft Download add-on to my Mozilla Firefox. It didn't work at first. I downloaded the 4.5 downloader that was recommended at BC for Microsoft (Windows XP-942288-v3), and there has been much improvement. You can download through your preferred browser, but you have to re-enroll with live through an e-mail verification process. I was able to download and install that vital security patch that everyone has had such trouble with, with their computers endlessly cycling trying to initialize it without success Windows XP-KB958444).
You can download it, install and run that patch immediately after re-enrolling in live. Only downside: MSN will start to run a home page on your preferred browser, but you can click it off.
Live will also send e-mail notifications of updates, which will work much better than automatic downloads. Live asks for an alternative e-mail address as well, so you will be pretty much covered.
CAVEAT: I am not a techie, please be sure you download your updates in order.
Edited by fuzzywuzzy6, 02 February 2009 - 11:07 PM.