I started with a new W2K computer last night and the first time I tried Windows update it took me to a page that said: ------- Begin Quote ------- Windows Update is the online extension of Windows that helps you get the most out of your computer.Windows Update uses Active X Controls and active scripting to display content correctly and to determine which updates apply to your computer.I had the same trouble as Chris, except that the Windows Genuine Advantage check didn't work.I got to a window saying that Activex wasn't working with my computer and I should try another way by running a program from a link.No problems on my machine (regular checks on viruses etc, spyware ...).
What's the point of Windows Activation - why do I need to keep proving my XP is genuine and why is it so difficult to do so. This is on a 1ghz computer with a broadband connection. It took about 30 seconds of running Mepis from its CD to show me that Linux isn't some kind of command-line-only OS, but is almost as 'gui' as windows. I have the Windows Update site in my IE Trusted Zone, so there is never a problem with Active X.(No option here, so I've got to upgrade it or retire defeated).Several more minutes pass (dial-up connection) and then the update screen tells me it wants to check if my software is valid (so-called 'genuine advantage' - nice irony MSFT!Firstly after several minutes loading stuff, update reminds me I haven't got several important services running, and refuses to do anything till I restart them and reboot (and why should ' Automatic Updates' be required when I want to *manually* update?) Next WU tells me my updating software is out of date and do I want to upgrade it?Microsoft is conducting an online survey to understand your opinion of the Technet Web site.If you choose to participate, the online survey will be presented to you when you leave the Technet Web site. Over the past few days when I go to hit Microsoft Explorer, and instead of my google home page, the Windows update page comes up first. I occasionally see this (using XP Home, SP2, fully patched, also with Google as my home page).If I run the Update search, it disappears and allows my home page. [LINK] Tell me about active scripting and Active X controls To view and download updates for your computer, Windows Update should be listed as a Trusted Site in Internet Explorer. ------- End Quote ------- After that it took me to a page that said: ------- Begin Quote ------- To continue, you must first add this website to your trusted sites in Internet Explorer.To add Windows Update to the trusted sites zone: On the Tools menu in Internet Explorer, click Internet Options. Click the Trusted Sites icon, and then click Sites... The site cannot determine which updates apply to your computer or display those updates unless you change your security setings [sic] to allow Active X controls and active scripting.