for no other reason than to get MS updates. So, according to their statements, I presume updates are only available through IE.
Dell Dimension 8200, Intel Pentium 4 2000 Mghz, 512 Meg RAM, XP SP2 totally updated and patched; running AVG Pro, Thunderbird, Firefox, CCleaner, RegSeeker, DefragMentor, MS AntiSpyware, Spybot and Cacheman, all totally updated.
I had set my MS Updates to notify me when updates are available, but let me choose when to download and install them. This worked fine, until very recently.
Now the yellow shield pops up saying updates are available; click here to download, etc. When I click the shield, it simply disappears. When I click "Start," "All Programs," "Windows Update," nothing happens, and when I try to get the Windows Update site through Firefox, I get the following: "To use this site, you must be running MS Internet Explorer 5 or later."
Hmmm. Is this, A) a screw-up on my part; B) my computer trying to tell me something I don't understand; C) a Microsoft mif against Mozilla?
I'm at a loss. Thanks for all your past help, and any help you can give me now.