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How often do i need to update?

I have a bootlegged copy even because the company i bought my computer from (TigerDirect.com) and Microsoft both refuse to send me a hard copy of the CD, even though i have a vaild serial #. So I refuse to pay for it again. I used to update weekly until this WGA came around. How often do i need to update to make sure my system is secure? Thanks a lot.

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Updates Generally.............

In reply to: How often do i need to update?

Come from MS on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, unless there are security risks discovered in betweeen.

So basically, go to WU the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Can't hurt to check whenever!

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As often as necessary

In reply to: How often do i need to update?

If you have a valid/legal key for XP, why not just change your current key to the legal one. As far as Microsoft is concerned, this makes your copy legal.

Once you've done that, you should update every time there are new updates available. Typically, Microsoft has a "Patch Tuesday" which is the second Tuesday of the month, when they release new patches. Occasionally a month goes by without any new patches, and occasionally MS will release a patch outside of their normal schedule. So checking at least once a month is a good idea, and keeping an eye on tech news sources to get a heads up on any extra-schedule patches that may be released.

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Problem: bootlegged copy...

In reply to: How often do i need to update?

* Most computers sold nowadays do not come with a set of CDs. Instead there is a hidden partition on your hard drive from which you can burn your own set of CDs in case you ever need to reinstall Windows and the packaged 3rd-party software. However, now that you have installed another copy of Windows that partition is most likely gone.

* You contacted the wrong people to obtain a valid CD. TigerDirect is just like BestBuy or CircuitCity...they are just the store and have no control over what the manufacturer decides to include. And in cases of OEM software Microsoft is not the responsible party. It is the computer manufacturer that you must contact, and at this point pay a nominal fee for a set of CDs since you didn't burn them yourself.

* In regards to updates, updates depend on the products themselves. Antivirus software should be updated daily. Windows, on the other hand, receives one major set of updates each month...read about Patch Tuesday.

* Unfortunately I must now lock this thread since you have disclosed you are running a bootlegged version of Windows.

My suggestion is to contact the manufacturer and obtain a legal copy of Windows, then reinstall. Once that is complete you will be eligible to receive full updates from Microsoft and we will be able to help with any future problems you may have.

John

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Adding my two cents and relocking

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Another option is to burn to cd anything important on your computer right now, contact Tiger Direct and ask about purchasing a Recovery/Restore cd based on your original purchase (should be less expensive than buying a new copy of XP). Once received you should be able to then run the cd and it will recreate the partitioning for you. Tech support there should be able to help you....even if you lie and tell them that some stupid relative formatted your computer without your knowledge and you need to get back to a useable pc. I don't know what Tiger Direct's support is like, but many times you can find somebody sympathetic to help you out. Assuming that since you aren't above using a pirated copy, you won't be that far above making up a believable story for them.

TONI

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