I've upgraded 2 days ago the WMP in Win XP using the MS Security Updates CD. No problems so far but I understand that not all system are the same (example: RAM, OS and/or 3rd party programs). Does your daughters' PC is using Win ME or Win XP? If yes, you can try installing WMP 9 using the Security Update CD but before you do that, create a restore point. Just in case, the system will not boot properly, you can restore the system to earlier state (prior installing WMP 9)
As per Microsoft:
Turn on System Restore before installing the Player
Before installing Windows Media Player 9 Series, verify that System Restore is turned on. System Restore is available in Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP Home Edition, and Windows XP Professional. For more information about System Restore, see Windows Help. Note that if you are running Windows Millennium Edition, you must download an update for System Restore.
Make sure that the system meets the requirement before installing WMP 9.
You might want to read the known issues too
In case you remember the error message or error ID, look for the possible solution in this page or in http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html#wmp9
My daughter tried upgrading to WMP9, and it caused errors, and the machine would only work in Safe Mode. Had to do complete system reinstall to get out of this.
Using the MS Security Update CD, which installs WMP9, again caused the same problem, and had to reinstall system again.
Using "explore" on the MS CD of course shows the serarate programs, like DX9b, and IE6 SP1, WMP9, etc.
So my question is, has anyone tried installing any programs directly from the files shown on the CD?
I have done this before with some of the older MSN mailout CDs, which always included some "extras", and worked fine.
Just hesitant to do it with the Security Update CD, as I would rather not go thru the reinstalling again
Thanks for any replies.