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You should be able to update using Microsoft's online service, but it is also important to keep your browser up to date.
How do I manually update my Windows XP using IE6? I don't use or want IE, but now when I go to Tools to update, it takes me to a page that directs me to go to program/Windows Update. I don't have Windows Update in my program list. Thanks.
In this excerpt from Answercast #11, I look at the security implications of using IE 6 and other unsupported browser versions, even in old operating systems.
Two things here: One is nobody should be using Internet Explorer version 6 anymore. It is not secure; it is not being updated.
I strongly suggest that you update to, at least, Internet Explorer 7. Under Windows XP, I actually don't see any reason not to go all the way to Internet Explorer version 8.
Now, getting there from here.
You should be able to, in Internet Explorer, visit windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
That should take you to the Windows Update website which should either walk you through the process of updating whatever needs to be updated, or first install some software on your machine that will allow it to analyze your machine and then walk you through the steps required to update that machine.
You will need to use Internet Explorer for that.
You need to keep IE up-to-date because it is imbedded in your system whether you use it or not.
I strongly suggest that you move away from Internet Explorer 6 and get yourself as up-to-date as possible.
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