A. Windows Update is great for single machines that can connect to the Microsoft site and download the required fixes, which are then automatically applied. However, Windows Update isn't much use in a corporate environment where you don't want every user connecting to get fixes (each user would have to have Admin privileges!).

The corporate Windows Update site provides a great way for administrators to download a fix or group of fixes in a packaged format that enables easy distribution to the network. The package contains fixes for the following OS and Internet Explorer (IE) versions:

  • Windows 2000 (IE 5.01, 5.01 Service Pack 1—SP1)
  • Win2K (IE 5.5)
  • Windows NT 4.0 (IE 4.0, 4.01 SP2)
  • NT 4.0 (IE 5.0, 5.01 SP1)
  • NT 4.0 (IE 5.5)
  • NT 4.0 Alpha (IE 4.0)
  • NT 4.0 Alpha (IE 5.0, 4.01 SP2)
  • Windows Millennium Edition—Windows Me (IE 5.5)
  • Windows 98 (IE 4.0, 4.01 SP2)
  • Win98 (IE 5.0, 5.01 SP1)
  • Win98 (IE 5.5)
  • Win98 Second Edition—Win98SE
  • Windows 95 (IE 4.0, 4.01 SP2)
  • Win95 (IE 5.0, 5.01 SP1)
  • Win95 (IE 5.5)

When you download from this site, the system asks for a destination directory. In this directory, the system creates the following structure:

Software\\[language\]\\[operating system\]\\[fix id\]—for software updates
Drivers\\[language\]\\[operating system\]\\[fix id\]—for driver updates

For each fix, the system downloads the installation image and the README file.