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Windows Updates are they really necessary?

  Bald Eagle 18:39 13 Feb 2003
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I run 98SE with OE6 andWindows media player 7.01. After reading another thread I checked for updates for my system and got the following suggestions. Are they absolutely necessary or icing on the cake? I have ZoneAlarm and AVG installed and running.

810847: February 2003, Cumulative Patch for Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1

810030: Microsoft VM Security Update

Q329414: Security Update (MDAC 2.6)

Q329115: Security Update (Windows 98)
This update resolves the "Certificate Validation Flaw Could Enable Identity Spoofing

Q323255: Security Update (Windows 98)
This update resolves the "Unchecked buffer in HTML Help can lead to Code Execution

Security Update, March 7, 2002
This update resolves the "Unchecked Buffer in Windows Shell Could Lead to Code ExecutionQ320920:

Security Update (Windows Media Player 7.1)

  Stuartli 18:54 13 Feb 2003

In a word, yes.

The fact that many are security updates should ring alarm bells - it's like car or house insurance in that you hope you'll never need it, but it's there if wanted.

Windows is pretty stable after four or five years' development, but security issues are often discovered by outside organisations and Microsoft follows up their findings with appropriate updates and/or patches.

You might consider downloading the new version of WMP (the Windows98 version); I've found it excellent and very stable, despite minor problems others have come across.

  Bald Eagle 20:11 13 Feb 2003

Thanks for the advice. Will download them.

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