I'm stunned to learn that not only Win 98, SE, and ME are no longer able to access the Windows Update web page, but today a techie told me that Win 2000 can not access it either!!! Major bummer!
For those of us who are still enthusiasts for the old OS's, is there any easy way to update these OS's with hotfixes and other updates? It was really very nice to be able to have the OS scanned then automatically updated. Recently my first manual installation of Win 98SE took me five days because of tracking down hotfixes and updates, and so far I've only tracked down half of these updates. Then my 2nd 98SE computer got a bug and I had to reinstall 98SE on that computer also, this time w/ dialup it only took me 27 hours, then somewho both of these computers were able to access the Win Update page that one day, so got my updates, wow what a relief. Then I purchased 98 first edition for my 486, it's not easy installing 98 on such an old computer because the slow speed of the optical drive etc causes file corruption so it has to be started over and over until it's good (so far about four installation attempts, this last one seems ok I think). Possibly I have about 40% of the updates for that computer.
I think I'm going to get Linux and try to do some dual boots. I prefer to take my junk silicon and software onto the internet and reserve the good stuff for my flight simulators. I think Linux is a good choice for ordinary stuff like the internet, and Office, maybe photoediting, but I try to keep my good equipment off the internet and busy running flight simulators.
I heard that Windows Vienna is coming out in 2009, does anyone know what it's going to be like? And it sounds like the secret Cloud OS, I'm guessing is going to be geared toward parallel processing. MJ Foley over at zdnet.com assures us that XP is going to be around well into 2011 to 2015. I guess that's good news, it's a nice OS, and should remain on the Win Update page through that time period, but based on what happened with Win 2000, when XP is dropped, that will be it for XP and the Win Update page. It was a major shock to learn that Win 2000 can not access the Win Update page, so that very much reaffirms my belief that when XP is discontinued, that it will also be taken off the Win Update page. Manually updating XP would be a daunting task. And you'd need the WGA regardless.
What's a user to do?