Well, let me also say that I read the entire paragraphs of what updates it finds I need and I think about it carefully. So, if something struck a chord or something, I'd choose it. I didn't just grab blindly. Granted, I'm blonde so the choice can be yours at this point, lol.
My choice would be for you to stay blonde, continue to laugh, and more importantly continue to do just as you have.
- I read the entire paragraphs of what updates it finds I need and I think about it carefully.
Thinking about it carefully has generally led me to desire more in the way of an answer to: why this patch is needed? Dig in at the Knowledge Base Search field (or Google, for that matter) and you'll get more information, but I find (within the limitations of my understanding) I must rely on repetition, straining in much the same way I do with a 1500 piece jig-saw puzzle...searching, in scans for little clues in subtle similarities and differences.
- So, if something struck a chord or something, I'd choose it.
Just like those monster puzzles, after a while you have a bunch of 4-5 piece connections, maybe 75% of the border and areas where you've gathered individual pieces that seem the same in some way.Windows operating systems (all of them) have areas, sections or modules that fit together to form the big picture
You learn a little about through the KB's. Then you have to study other things that aren't affected by patches. Learn something about how any particular program's install files affect the system... how registry changes will occur, maybe it will make a new task process start or make one already running do more, or put files with a new extension type into a location it (or you) choose.
- I didn't just grab blindly
Thats how you "see" relationships... even if you don't completely understand them.
I see 2 updates in your list that are also part of winxp's updates:
KB 825119 & KB 819696. 1 other one, Q 329115 is also listed as one in the XP SP2 :
329115 MS02-050: Certificate validation flaw might permit identity spoofing Base operating system
Basically, win98 has fewer patches than winME, which has fewer patches than winXP. A comment I've heard explains it like this: WinXP is an attempt to do more things for more special interests as a package deal and as a result, might end up doing all of them a little less than ideally. Since Microsoft owns the formula, they tinker with it. The alternatives, like Linux as based on a formula that isn't exactly owned (some controversy there, I guess) so people can tinker with it more freely and it's development is along lines that don't cause the same kinda problems you get when everything is protected and intertwined (or "seamlessly" is the way its put)
Bottomline, as I see it, is you do need the updates "it" chooses for you and any options depend on what you're doing on top of the operating system
Granted, I'm going gray...maybe a brunette or redhaed will come along and add a response we all can learn from.