Sunday, September 02, 2007

"Autopatching" my XP

Digit is a popular tech magazine in India and I try to go through the copy of it atleast from the library. I buy it very rarely but i like the contents very much. My important source of Digit is Justin. He buys such magazines and i get to read them as soon as he complete going through it.

One fine day , i came across Autopatcher for Mecashaft(a.k.a Microsoft)'s much talked about OS..yeah its XP only..hehe ... Developed by Antonis Kaladis and Jason Kelley,it provides all the required updates as far as XP is concerned.. There are many sites from where one could download it , Softpedia being one among them. I thought of downloading but i didnt do it as i wasnt that much interested. So it was a few days back , I borrowed a CD-DVD combi from Digit which they bring out with every issue .

Navigating through the sleek Aero interface they implemented in it, I came across Autopatcher bundled in it. Thank god i didnt have to waste my time downloading. It was the May month core update from the developers and boy it took me 1 hr 15 minutes (freaking) minutes to do the update. Well you might wonder why i did this. After all XP is an OS and i want to to keep it neat and tidy. Seriously there was a performance boost after the update. So you dont know what is Autopatcher? Here read from Wiki.

[excerpts from Wiki ]

AutoPatcher was an alternative to Microsoft's Windows Update developed by Antonis Kaladis and Jason Kelley, and a comprehensive collection of up-to-date security patches, addons and registry tweaks collated into a single package designed to update a Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP1 or Windows Vista system from a local file, without the need to use Windows Update or connect to a network each time.

The AutoPatcher team shut down the project after receiving email from Microsoft requesting them to stop distribution on 29 August 2007. This came after four years of existence, and surprised many. Microsoft mentioned the security risks of third party distribution of their patches, but it is unclear if this is the full reason behind the decision. They denied that the possibility of circumventing their Windows Genuine Advantage protection with the software was behind it, and mentioned that Firefox could now access the Windows Update website for pre-Windows Vista systems to at least partially support their decision. However, the software was commonly used for offline and network installs, and not merely as an alternative update client to avoid Internet Explorer, and this issue was not addressed by Microsoft.

[excerpts from Wiki]

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