Critical Update - Windows Component

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by AliceZ, Oct 9, 2008.

  1. AliceZ

    AliceZ Guest

    I went to the Windows Critical Update page to see if there were any Critical
    Updates. There was a pop-up asking if I wanted to download "Windows
    Component." I didn't know what to do; so I clicked no. Then I tried to get
    into the Critical Update page again and I got the same pop-up. I then clicked
    on the Install button, and in a second or two I was allowed into the Critical
    Update screen.

    Was it okay to allow that to install?

    I never saw something like this before before.

    Why did it ask if you wanted to install or if you did not want it to install
    if you couldn't go any further unless you clicked on the "install."

    I have WinXP sp3.
    AliceZ, Oct 9, 2008
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  2. Fine and expected if you do not go there often.
    Shenan Stanley, Oct 9, 2008
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  3. AliceZ

    AliceZ Guest

    I am sorry, but I do not know what you mean by "> Fine and expected if you do
    not go there often."

    Was it okay that I downloaded it?
    And, just what is the 'Windows Compoment Publisher" and why must it be

    I manually check for Critical Updates every week.

    I am not that familiar with computers, updates, etc.

    AliceZ, Oct 9, 2008
  4. <responses inline>
    Not sure if I can expand on that - but let me give it a shot...

    You asked, "Was it okay to allow that to install?" in reference to what you
    were told you needed to download and install when you went (I assume) to I told you that it was "Fine and
    expected if you do not go there often."

    Meaning - what you got was likely a normal update for a Windows Update
    component that allowed you to properly scan for and receive further updates
    unrelated to the Windows Update system itself.

    You did nothing wrong, you must've done it right if after installing you
    were offered further updates and were not offered said updates prior to that
    and those new updates downloaded and installed successfully.
    I believe it is an ActiveX component used between your browser (Internet
    Explorer) and the Microsoft Updates web page to aid in the proper scanning
    and retrieval of available updates.

    As for why it must be downloaded and installed... Just like anything else -
    the web page, the update engine, etc - all of it gets updated, patched, etc.
    If it was perfect out of the box - you wouldn't even need a patching system.
    Okay - so the 'often' thing might have confused you. I did not realize (do
    now) that WGAN and some other Windows Update components have had
    patches/updates released for them in the past two weeks - outside of the
    normal 'every second tuesday of each month' schedule.
    Yet - you manually update your computer? *grin*

    So - to shorten it and fully put your mind at ease... There was an update
    you obviously needed to properly connect and scan for updates. You *should*
    have installed it and you did no harm in installing it and are actually
    better off for having installed it.
    Shenan Stanley, Oct 9, 2008
  5. If you wish to use Windows Update website, you must allow the installation
    of that ActiveX Control.

    Automatic Updates does not require it.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Oct 9, 2008
  6. AliceZ

    W????n S. Guest

    Typical bullshit from M$ want a bees
    W????n S., Oct 11, 2008
  7. AliceZ


    Jul 21, 2011
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    Same thing happening on my laptop but not loading

    I had the same MS Component popup on my WinXP notebook. However, when I click on nstal, nothing happens. I notice the green bar at the bottom of the scren only goes about two or three boxes to th right and the stops.
    If I don't click on "install," in a few momets, I will get a screen that says:

    "IE has closed this webpage to help protect your computer."

    Why isn't this 'component' installig?
    alicez, Jun 30, 2012
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