Microsoft rolls security bandage for Win 2000

Microsoft rolls security bandage for Win 2000

Reacting to criticism of piecemeal patching, Microsoft Corp. has released all its Windows 2000 security fixes after Service Pack 2 in a single, free download for Win 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced Server.

The cumulative download, from www.microsoft.com/windows2000/downloads/critical/q311401, requires that Service Pack 2 be installed on the system. But any version of Internet Explorer below Version 6.0 must be uninstalled before upgrading to Explorer 6.0. The uninstall option will disappear if Explorer is upgraded twice, and then the browser cannot be removed.

The GCN Lab recommends upgrading to Explorer 6.0, if necessary, before downloading the security package.

Administrators have the option of downloading a network installation that automatically applies only the patches needed by each client. The download time for the 16.9M network installation is about a minute over a T1 connection. A 500K express installation also installs only needed fixes, and it takes less than a minute to download by T1.

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