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  1. No, nothing from me, unless you feel like double-checking that the update has installed successfully, by reading the latest update install log file again. About 10 or so lines from the end (after 15,000 lines !!!) you should see: Product: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 -- Configuration completed successfully. .
  2. In theory, no. However, the Final Patch Application Order in the log-file shows that kb979906/MS10-041 (filename NDP1.1sp1-KB979906-X86.exe) is still applicable, despite a Microsoft Security Bulletin saying it has been superseded. So, if you are doing it all manually, you could install that update first. Here's the download link: .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 CLR Security Update for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server x64/IA64 and Windows 2003 Server R2 x64/IA64, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 Then install kb2656353/MS11-100 (filename NDP1.1sp1-KB2656353-X86.exe) But, if you are letting Windows Update figure it out then just let it do its thing. .
  3. I don't know what the detailed differences from "regular" are, but I will be testing it in a couple of days or so, having previously deployed the "regular" version across a small network. .
  4. Firefox 10esr is already out. But, as you say, details are still a bit murky, although it will definitely receive all the security updates, but no new "features". In that respect it's just like the 3.6 series and in fact, when 3.6 reaches EOL there will be an upgrade path to 10.0esr. It's definitely a separate build and a separate release channel from the "regular" Firefox as the file names indicate (Firefox Setup 10.0esr.exe versus Firefox Setup 10.0.exe). There's more information at the following page:- Firefox Extended Release Support for Your Organization, Business, Enterprise - Overview However, what I can't find is a proper download page for the ESR release channel. There's a download link for the English-USA (en-US) version on the above page, but no indication at all that it is actually available in 86 different languages. .
  5. Yes, that's right. No need for 4 if you don't already have it Both 2.0 SP2 and 3.0 SP2 are included in 3.5 SP1. So, just the one download and install (of 3.5 SP1) gives you all three. I forgot to post a link to the .NET cleanup tool. Here it is (you can use either link): http://cid-27e6a35d1...leanup_tool.zip or http://blogs.msdn.co...p_5F00_tool.zip The tool is written by and also maintained by Aaron Stebner (of Microsoft). Other useful download links, for a manual re-install: Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 Redistributable Package Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (the link to SP1 for .NET 1.1, I've given in my last post) The link to 3.5 is the so-called web installer, meaning that it will require Internet access to fully install the remaining 50 megabytes or more. When you run Windows Update, it will immediately find a critical update to 3.5. If I remember correctly you have to install this first before Windows Update will find all the rest of the Security Updates for .NET .
  6. Thanks for finding that. You have the line {411EDCF7-755D-414E-A74B-3DCD6583F589} which means that Service Pack 1 for .NET 1.1 is installed and recognised (that's good). However, that also means that the new information about "Internal Error 2705" doesn't apply (not so good). I think it's time to jump in the deep end and reinstall the .NET Framework. You will need a downloaded copy of .NET 1.1 SP1 which you can find here: Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 (For some reason. the Microsoft links all seem to be out of date and point you only towards the version without the Service Pack) However, before that is reinstalled, do you have any other versions of the .NET Framework installed? The Control Panel applet "Add or Remove Programs" should list what's installed You will find one or more of .NETFramework 4, .NETFramework 3.5, .NETFramework 3.0, .NETFramework 2.0,.NETFramework 1.1 and .NETFramework 1.0 Normally, I would expect 3.5 to show up (as well as 1.1). If so, it automatically includes 3.0 and 2.0 as well. 1.0 is old and, I hope, will not be listed. The simplest sequence is: uninstall 1.1 uninstall all others run the .NET cleanup tool reinstall everything The reinstall order will be different if you have (and need) 1.0. Without 1.0, it's reverse numerical order: 4, then 3.5 SP1, then 1.1 SP1 With 1.0, it's 3.5 SP1, then 1.1 SP1, then 1.0 and 4 last of all Advanced users can shortcut a lot of this, by use of a few lines typed at the command-line. You can customise the cleanup tool actions, you can repair the other .NET versions instead of downloading them all again and so on. Post what you want to do and I'll give more details. .
  7. The new version looks to be primarily a bugfix for the 1.60 version plus a few extra languages The issue "where ignore list was not reloaded after a database update" caused me no end of trouble in the previous 1.60 version. .
  8. As you might guess from the last response, many people have given up on MSN Explorer, so they no longer remember how to work with it. I never used it at all. Have you tried actually logging-in to the Hotmail account? If so, there might be a "Close your Account" link in the Account Settings. You DO need to be sure that you are deleting just the Hotmail account and not the MSN account as well, because the two can be linked together. .
  9. Sorry for the delay in replying. That screenshot does indeed confirm the diagnosis that the Security Update (NDP1.1sp1-KB2656353-X86.exe) is failing to install. However, I cannot determine exactly which error code is being reported. There is, unfortunately, more than one reason why this particular update (KB2656353) could be failing as new information is emerging from Microsoft about this update failing to install. The installs, whether failed or successful will have produced (large) log files, which will be in your own TEMP folder (not the WINDOWS Temp folder). Can you please look for files like the following: C:\Documents and Settings\{name}\Local Settings\Temp\NDP1.1sp1-KB2656353-X86\NDP1.1sp1-KB2656353-X86-xxxxxx.log where {name} represents your own UserName in Windows and xxxxxx represents a string of characters with the letters "msi" and also a number (0,1,2,3,4....) in it. If you can find the file, can you please open it in Notepad and search for the following: Final Patch Application Order: then upload the next 5 or 10 lines to this topic. The lines will include long strings of numbers & letters inside curly brackets/braces ( { and } ). The file is in a hidden directory, so you will have to enable Show hidden files to find it. That will enable me to determine if the error is "Internal Error 2705" (which is simpler to fix) or not. If not, then the usual fix is to uninstall the .NET Framework, run a .NET Framework cleanup tool, then re-install the complete .NET Framework. .
  10. 1ssrdr, I can see what's happening -- or rather what is not happening -- here. If I read your last two posts together, Windows Update is reporting that you need to install "Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 (64-bit), Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008" This is a Security Update for the .NET framework, (kb2656353 a.k.a. MS11-100) that Microsoft released at the end of December 2011. The update is Critical if you are running a Server. It not Critical if you are running a Desktop Operating System like Windows XP (which you have). Windows Update is downloading the file and attempting to install it when you shut down your computer. If the install takes more than a few seconds, you should see the usual message on your screen, something like "Windows is installing updates. Please do not power off..." The install then fails. Next time you start up your computer, Windows Update runs, notices that kb2656353 is not installed and puts up the "Yellow shield" in the System Tray, showing that you need to download/install kb2656353 again. And again... and again... This is a failure to install a .NET update. There are two things you can do (1) Windows Update maintains a log file on your computer which should list what has gone wrong. The log file is large, sometimes very large, but it can be read by any text editor, like Notepad. Read your way through the WindowsUpdate log to find the error messages for this update. Each line in the file starts with the date and time. The file you are looking for is c:WINDOWSWindowsUpdate.log. You can access this file by typing: Notepad c:\WINDOWS\WindowsUpdate.log at a command prompt, or by Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Notepad and using the File -> Open... dialog. If you can find the section for this update and any error messages, please cut-and-paste the section and upload it to this forum topic, here. 50 lines, or less, should be about right. (2) Download the update manually from the Microsoft Download Center and attempt to install the full (non-Windows Update version) of the same update. The download is here: Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 on Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 (64-bit), Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 Make a note of where (on your computer) you download the file to. The file is called NDP1.1sp1-KB2656353-X86.exe Double-click it to install. If it also fails to install, you will need to re-install the entire .NET Framework 1.1 (NOT .NET Framework 2.0 and NOT .NET Framework 3.5). Let's see if this installs, first. .
  11. Only if you also think that Windows 8 is still just a GUI for TOPS-10 or maybe an improved GUI for VAX/VMS. .
  12. It's just as well I wasn't drinking my coffee when I read that, otherwise I might just need a new keyboard. On a more serious note, I also don't like downloads from cnet/download.com. Didn't Agnitum used to have a direct download link? .
  13. You're absolutely right. I should have said "... uses a completely different UI (User Interface) for phones and iPad tablets than it does for laptops and desktops." The history of Mac OS X and iOS is interesting. NeXT (as you probably already know) was founded by Steve Jobs when he resigned from Apple, after losing the boardroom battle in 1985. He brought NextSTEP back with him to Apple about 11 or 12 years later, which led to the first Mac OS X a few years after that. .
  14. Well, if you design an interface for a mobile phone, it's always going to look stupid if it is used on a big desktop screen. On one of my desktops with a 23" wide screen I can have over 100 Icons at one side and leave room for a traditional-shaped 19" screen, easily. The Windows 8 Metro screen has about 9 Icons and they take up most of the screen. Apple, on the other hand, uses a completely different operating system for phones and iPad tablets (iOS) than it does for laptops and desktops. Microsoft has never been able to write a user interface that scales over different sizes. Try changing the resolution (dots per inch) of the Windows desktop and watch it fall apart completely. The kind of zooming that you can do in iOS is years away from being possible in Windows. .
  15. I agree -- and that's why there has been a huge rise in malware in the last two years that targets everything else, particularly Adobe Flash, Adobe Reader, and Sun/Oracle Java (a.k.a Java run-time a.k.a Java JRE). .
  16. Well, the "red flat cat" icon for IrfanView itself is the worst of all, but, like others, I've lived with it for years. The theme can be fixed (as mIkE has suggested). As for proprietary, IrfanView is free, but not Open Source. AFAIK FastStone Image Viewer is exactly the same as Irfanview -- i.e. free but closed-source. JPEGView must be Open Source, if it's on SourceForge. (I know that there is more than one program with exactly the same name of JPEGView, which is very confusing) .
  17. That was quick -- the Beta was made public only a week ago! .
  18. Actually, the most important password of all is the one for the email address that you linked to your online banking. Why? Because when the bad guys want to hijack you bank account they first go after your email, then they click the "Forgotten my password" link at your bank. Guess where the bank sends the reset password instructions to?
  19. Actually, according to the online crash analyses (and despite my tongue-in-cheek comments) the Beta and Aurora channels are hardly any less reliable than the Release channel, with occasional exceptions because Aurora hiccups every so often. So, how do you install TWO instances of Firefox on the same computer? More particularly, how do you install the Nightlies so that they do not use either the same Program folder nor even the same Application profile as the regular edition? I'm sure there's a Mozilla support article on how to do this. Trouble is, I just can't find it1 .
  20. The update for version 1.16 is simply a definitions update. No update to the base software. Regretably, they've made almost exactly the same mistake as was made in some previous updates (see my first post ) and this 16-12-11 update will also trash the Registry by removing some JavaScript entries. For this reason, the update is NOT recommended! .
  21. That list does indeed include all sorts, not just out-and-out bugs but feature requests and enhancements too. Bugzilla gets used for everything. The "Crash" bug (711794) doesn't cover it all (I did say it was complicated) because there was an underlying, but masked problem. It all gets rather complicated/interesting when talking about backing-out backouts! There's at least two other bug numbers involved. Nevermind, It it's all fixed for now. .
  22. Apart from Firefox 9.0.1 on general release and Beta on 10.0, there's also Aurora on 11.0 Aurora comes in 87 different languages! And, if that's not living near enough to the crashing, er, I mean leading edge, there's always the Nightly compiles, now up to version 12.0 complete with a Windows 64-bit version. .
  23. Well, yes it was. It was a "chemspill" (i.e. emergency) update triggered by Firefox 9.0 crashing on startup, when a certain toolbar was installed, mostly on Mac OS X. The exact bug details are a little bit complicated, so I won't recite them here. .
  24. Yes, well, it's never going to be the first thing one looks at But, those legs, they're just so WRONG... Just stretched beyond belief. One of them looks to be at least 48 inches, or more, in length. The only time I've seen limbs stretched like that is on the PhotoShop Fail or Photoshop Disasters blogs. .
  25. Download.com a.k.a. C|Net download.com is no longer a safe location to download programs, because it now wraps the software in a Trojan Installer, detected as malware by major Anti-Virus programs. This story was first reported back in August on the ExtremeTech site, when VLC was "trojanised" by Download.com. See "Download.com wraps downloads in bloatware, lies about motivations" Now it has re-emerged, because another well-known program used by Computer Security testers (nmap) has also been "trojanised" by Download.com: The installer is actually detected as malware: That bit.ly link will redirect you to virustotal.com for the test results. Looks like download.com is no longer a safe place to go, for any downloads. .
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