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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Microsoft's Stealth Updates Affect XP Repair Installations

The stealth update that Microsoft recently delivered to customers blocks 80 patches and fixes from installing after Windows XP is reinstalled using the repair installation feature.

The problem has been traced to the so called "stealth update" to Windows Update which Microsoft has acknowledged sending to users beginning in July. The updates were delivered and installed without prior notification, even when the PC's owner had told the operating system not to download or install updates without notification and permission.

This problem affects users who restore Windows XP using the setup CD's "repair" option, which reinstalls the operating system files without disturbing the applications and data already on the disk drive. Because a repair is essentially a rollback to Window's original state, XP must be updated with all subsequent patches and hotfixes.

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