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#1 Firetooth

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:20 AM

Hi 

I am helping a friend get her computer up to date. 

I installed and ran Belarc advisor and found 5 missing security updates. I was able to find and install one of them,  a CAPICOM windows update.

 

However, I would like help with the other four. Her computer is WIndows XP sp3. She has Windows Explorer 8.

 

 EOL Adobe reader 7.0.7.142 

 

CPU Jan 2015 1972971 for Java 5.0.7.03 32 bit

 

CPA Jan 2015 1972971 for Java 6.0.320.5 32 bit

 

KB2538243 Windows update

 

Belarc says the first is an End of Life and there is no update from provider. Not sure what one is supposed to do. Next two are listed as critical, the fourth one is listed as important.,

 

Any help or advice is appreciated. I am not all that versed in computers so feel free to be fairly basic in your reply. 

 

Thank you!

 

By the way I am writing this on her computer.

 

Firetooth


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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:06 AM

Hello there,

I have never heard of Belarc Advisor - my choice is Secunia Personal Software Inspector which will analyze your machine for outdated software and assist you in updating them.

For Windows updates, you can use the in-built Windows Update function to find out if there are any updates left. Since support for Windows XP has ceased, there aren't any more new updates issued for that OS.

If you need me to clarify anything, do not hesitate to do so.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:21 AM

Hi Alex

Thank you. I will download the software inspector you mention. Belarc is a pretty cool program too, quite thorough. I learned about it from someone I knew who repaired computers.  It is getting late and my brain is getting rather tired so I will get on this tomorrow. If I have further questions I will let you know.

Thanks again

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 01:32 AM

Firetooth,

Keep us posted for any problems.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 11:37 AM

Update--

everything is done now except for the windows update. I have read about it, and it seems to pertain to C++ redistributable Windows 7 libraries.

Does anyone know if it is necessary for Windows XP? I feel cautious about downloading and inserting a Windows program if I don't need it.

Thanks for any advice.

 

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 11:45 AM

Hello again Firetooth,

The C++ libraries are necessary for some programs to function, so I do recommend that you install them.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:27 PM

I boldly went to download and install the Windows security update. It is a whole set of programs and I am just nervous about what it might do to the computer. On the other hand, I do want to manage security wisely. Has anyone else in Windows XP had experience with this update?

 

Again, it is KB2538243 and an update to the C++ library.

 

Thank!

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:35 PM

Hello Firetooth,

Most of the results that I got about the update you mentioned is failure to update.

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:40 PM

Hi Alex

I read a lot of blogs about it. I agree with you, many people had problems, especially people using Windows 7. But many also had a successful update, again in Windows 7. I didn't find anything from anyone, succcessful or not, using XP so far.

 

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Posted 22 February 2015 - 12:46 PM

Hello Firetooth,

Here is an article I found on troubleshooting if the update failed to install in Windows XP Professional Media Center.

However, if you installed the update successfully then it should be fine.

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