Using Windows Update
On of the greatest features during the Windows® evolution process is the Windows Update feature. On the presumption that you have Internet access, Windows Update will allow you to log onto the Microsoft Windows Update site and view any number of add-on features beginning with security fixes, product updates as well as numerous add-on features to increase the usability of your computer. The following will show you how to use Windows Update, and in some cases when it doesn’t operate as intended, make the necessary repairs to have it function as it should.
How to keep Windows 98 Up To Date
The computer world changes so fast, it’s hard to know when you need to update files on your computer. Microsoft® Windows® 98 operating system provides a resource site on the Web, called Windows Update, that helps your computer work and run better. Windows Update can automatically review the system software on your computer and then recommend when you need to install updates specific to your computer. Note that this information is not sent to Microsoft or to anyone else.
To go to the Windows Update, click Start, and then click Windows Update.
Using Windows Update
Windows Update (lexplore.exe) is an online extension of Windows 98. It helps your computer operate better by providing a central location to find customized files and product enhancements. Product enhancements include service packs, system files, device drivers, and new Windows 98 features.
When Windows 98 is installed, an Internet shortcut to the Windows Update page on www.microsoft.com is created on the Start menu. Windows update uses Active Setup and ActiveX controls to provide product enhancements. The ActiveX controls are downloaded and installed on your system when you connect to the Windows Update Web page.
Windows Update requires browser software that supports ActiveX controls.
Once the controls are installed, they automatically compare device drivers installed on your computer with a database of updated drivers on the server. If any drivers are found to be newer than your current set, they are offered to you to install.
Device drivers, system patches, or hot fixes can be uninstalled using the Restore page from the Web site. If you are unable to connect to the Windows Update Web site, you can uninstall the latest updates by using Update Wizard Uninstall (Upwizun.exe) found on the Tools menu of Microsoft System Information. Existing files and drivers are automatically backed up before the new ones are installed.
To use Windows Update
Follow the instructions on the screen to install the latest updates. Windows Update scans your system, generates a list of items that can be updated, and then installs the files for the items you choose to update.
Points to remember about Windows Update:
What to do if Windows Update doesn’t work correctly.
Typical Problem: When you attempt to connect to the Microsoft Windows Update site, you may experience any of the following:
The Usual Reasons or Causes for this to occur:
This behavior can occur for a number of reasons, including a poorly written Java program, a damaged ActiveX control, a damaged cookie, a damaged file in the Temporary Internet Files folder, damaged Microsoft Active Setup or Windows Update files, or a non-registered copy of Windows 98.
Fixing the Problem:
To resolve this problem, use as many of the following steps as is necessary. If one step does not work, go to the next step until the problem is resolved.
where is the drive letter assigned to your CD-ROM drive.
NOTE: When you start your computer with a Windows 98 Startup Disk and enable CD-ROM support, your CD-ROM drive letter is changed to one letter after the normal letter. For example, if your CD-ROM drive letter is normally D, it is now E.
The following information should only be used by those thoroughly familiar with the use of the System Policy Editor, such as IT/IS managers in corporate or other similar business environments.
Restricting Access to Windows Update
You can use Policy Editor to restrict access to Windows Update. System administrators can control access to system updates to ensure the Windows 98 configuration remains consistent across all desktops. Use the following check boxes in System Policy Editor to restrict access:
- Disable Windows Update disables all access to Windows Update and removes its shortcut from the Start menu.
Override Local Web Page redirects the user to a specified Web page the first time Windows Update is launched.
Override Windows Update Site URL redirects the user to a specified URL when Windows Update is launched.
To restrict access to Windows Update using Policy Editor
- In Policy Editor, set the current Policy Template to Windows.adm, and then open the Default Computer policy.
Expand Windows 98 System by clicking the + box next to it, and then select Windows Update.
Disable Windows Update, Override Local Web Page, and Override Windows Update Site URL appear with check boxes next to them. The system administrator can restrict access to Windows Update using the check boxes.
Making a mistake in editing the registry can cause your system to become unstable and/or unusable.
Wherever possible, use the administrative tools, such as Control Panel or System Policy Editor, to make configuration changes, rather than editing the registry. This is to ensure values are stored properly in the registry when changing the configuration.
If you use Registry Editor to change values, you will not be warned if any entry is incorrect. Editing the registry directly by using Registry Editor can cause errors in loading hardware and software, and can prevent users from being able to start the computer.
You can also restrict access to Windows Update by setting the following registry values:
If the value is set to “1”, access to Windows Update is disabled.
If the value for NoWindowsUpdate is deleted, access is permitted.
If the value is set to “WUpdMgr.exe -shortcut”, the shortcut to Windows Update is deleted on the subsequent system startup.
If a value is specified for a local URL, the first time Windows Update runs, it redirects the user to this location.
If a value is specified for a remote URL, the link to Windows Update redirects the user to this location.