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? re: 2 "important" Windows Updates

by zeebell / November 11, 2010 8:13 AM PST

Dell Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 Computer
Inspirion 545s 00
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
6GB Memory
750GB Hard Drive

I hope I'm in the right forum to make my inquiry. Since it involves a Windows Update and I think "security" when those come down the pike (LOL), that's why I'm in this forum.

Recently an update came down with the newest version of Windows Live Essencials 2011. I only use the email portion of Windows Live and nothing else. I checked the appropriate box to reflect that when doing Windows Update.

For some reason it will not take. It gives me no reason, just that it has failed. IF I am unable to get the latest update onto my pc, and continue using the "old" version of the Windows Live Mail program, is my pc at risk for bad things to happen -- emails get through with bad stuff?

I do use the Avast Free Version and have it set to scan all emails.

Just added info -- I also cannot get the latest Net Framework 4.0 installed, but have found that I really don't need it unless I use programs that require it -- and I do not.

Any thoughts on this please?

Thanks.

Julea

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Hi, Julea!! Just a Thought 'Til
by tobeach / November 11, 2010 3:25 PM PST

others come by... Hotmail/Live Mail has in the last couple of days started to offer fully encrypted mail (not just for login). Likely the update includes the updated encryption for the SSL connection. You still have to go to the site and confirm you want the higher security. See News post # 6 of 18 here:
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6132_102-504925.html?tag=threadListing;forum-threads

There was some comment near end that some (parts?) of Live mail won't function w/ SSL.
Something to read in the mean time! Sandy Happy

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Hi Sandy - hummm (LOL)`
by zeebell / November 11, 2010 10:55 PM PST

Not sure about all that, but know others understand it better than me.I'm very pleased with the "current" Windows Live that I have and really don't want the newer version -- if there is a choice. I've seen the latest and greatest and the entire format has changed -- I just like the old - guess because I'm used to it.

Funny thing -- when we set up live mail a long time ago - probably when it first came out, I never went through Hotmail per se. I did try setting up a Hotmail account in more recent months and could never get it accomplished. We set up the live account when it was first coming down the pike as an "important" update. It do have an @live.com address, but after failing to get an actual hotmail account, I just sort of forgot about it all.

So, guess I'm just wondering if I can leave well enough alone and "be covered." Why do they keep having to change things -- I do know the answer to that -- I'm not that naive (LOL). Recently our local computer club training center (where I help teach and work open house help clinics) put the latest update for Windows Live on all the pc's. That's how I know what it's like. I wonder if they did what all was mentioned in the article you referred me to above.

Thanks for responding.

Julea

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I Believe You Can Leave As Is
by tobeach / November 12, 2010 3:52 PM PST

without undue new problems. My take is it may create some for you.
I agree that for someone, like myself, who just wants a simple web mail addie for registration online, the whole new "latest & greatest" is far more than my brain wants to deal with especially considering the privacy/security concerns of tying in Facebook/Twitter/Public Profiles/etc. (which I don't use).

I think, in part, this is in response to so many of their (& others like G Mail/ Yahoo!) accounts being hijacked of late & user concerns re address books/ photos access etc. SadWink
Sandy

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(NT) TY Sandy.
by zeebell / November 12, 2010 11:04 PM PST
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