|My response did address one question you asked, though it|
didn't answer the literal question of why I need a program to
undo something I did deliberately. But the fact that the program
exists -- and available from Microsoft -- shows that my situation
isn't particularly unusual.
I tried to answer your other question and respond to your other
comments, but couldn't. I deleted what I typed, over and over.
I decided to just say what I could. I had no intention of arguing
anything here. I was just letting you know what my situation
was, and it turned into a rant.
The reasons for not allowing Windows to download updates
are many. As someone who learned to program beginning
in the 1960's and continuing throughout the 1970's and 1980's,
I find the idea of changes being made to my computer without
my direct knowledge and consent to be absolute violations of
decent programming practices. It is about the worst thing any
programmer could do. It should never be done.
So I looked at the detailed descriptions of the updates, trying
to determine what they did. What I found was that out of some
fifteen updates that would have been pushed on my computer,
only one applied to my actual software configuration, and that
one was utterly unimportant.
My impression, as I implied above, is that the primary function
of Microsoft software is to fill memory and disk space. Actually
doing something that the end user wants is just a hook to get
users to go along with paying for it and letting it be installed.
That appears to have been true at least since the 1990's.
"Rather than adding another program to fix your computer, why
can't you just undo whatever it is you did?"
I was going for the easiest solution first. Since I don't know
which change I made blocks the IE9 install process, and there
was a program available to get around that problem, I thought
I'd use it. When I discovered that I can't use it, and that it is a
huge program to do an extremely simple thing, I thought I'd
tell you about it, just to let you know how things were going.
It wasn't something I was asking for help with. Since I can't
use that program, I'll probably look at my firewall settings and
my disabled services to determine which need to be reverted
in order to let the IE9 installer work. But I'm going to be very
uncomfortable about it.
As I said in the first post, I do have SP1 installed. I'm not
sure why, other than that some people said I should install it,
so I did. What I could stand to read of the heavily jargonized
descriptions of the contents once again suggests that almost
none of the many updates actually apply to my computer.
My reasons for not activating Windows are also many. First,
a hardware problem which is serious but not fatal means that
the motherboard probably wants to be replaced. I've been
holding off activating until after I could decide whether to get
a new motherboard, and then until I actually get around to
selecting, buying, and installing it. That might be something
you could do in three days, but it takes me more like three
years. That's just the way I am. I'm not asking for help with
that problem. I have patience, but I understand how other
people would not have patience with me.
I don't have everything disabled so that my system won't slow
to a crawl. I have "everything" disabled because it seems
unnecessary, so that my system should zoom without it. The
only slow thing is the Internet connection, and it is really only
a problem when websites put junk in their web pages. This
morning a complete page of nicely-formatted text displayed
instantly when I hit the enter key. Other pages on other sites
can take forever before they even begin to display, and it
appears to be largely due to advertisements. When I block
known advertising sites such as doubleclick.net, download
and display are much faster, even if still not as fast as that
page of text.
-- Jeff, in Minneapolis