Subscriber Beth wrote to ask about updates from Microsoft:
I’ve noticed in many of your newsletters updates you specify windows
xp. What about those of us who don’t have windows xp, I operate
windows 2000 office professional?
Beth from New York
I appreciate that not everyone is running Windows XP, Office XP and Office 2003. However, that’s all that I run &mdsash; so that’s all the updates I ever see. That’s also why I sometimes add "Just to be clear, these are the updates that I saw on my systems, which run Windows XP Pro, Windows XP Home, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office XP" to my updates article when there are updates from Microsoft.
In general, you can assume that if Microsoft issues updates for Windows XP, they probably issued some for Windows 2000. Now that Microsoft is stepping away from 98, Me, 2000 and XPSP1 for security reasons, you can expect fewer Win2000 patches.
Unfortunately, you can’t assume they will have updates for their earlier Office products. MS has a much more rapid phase-out of them.
I’ve observed that many times I will see Office 2003 updates for my notebook without seeing corresponding Office XP updates on my wife’s machine. When I was running Office 2000 Small Business Edition on my old notebook, I observed similar issues with MS quickly stopping most updates to Office 2000.
To get all your updates from Microsoft, the most important thing you can do is to swicth to "Microsoft Updates" from Windows Updates.
Windows Updates do not update any Microsoft product other than Windows — for example, they don’t update Word or Excel or any other Office product.
Microsoft Updates handles all Microsoft products at the same time " it’s a one-stop update shop.
If you haven’t already switched, start Windows Updates. Then, on its home page, at the right side, you can pick Microsoft Updates. From then on, you’ll be doing Microsoft Updates, even if you click a link for Windows Updates.
By the way, I’m guessing that Beth meant Microsoft Office 2000 Professional” when she wrote “windows 2000 office professional” because there is not a product by that name.
“Windows 2000” is an operating system. “Windows 2000 Professional” is an operating system. “Office 2000 Professional” is an office suite that includes word processor, spreadsheet, database, presentation software, etc. It ran on Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows 2000 and, and later, ran on Windows XP when WinXP was released.