Internet Explorer 8 released today for Windows Vista – March 19, 2009

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on the Download Center Microsoft for Windows Vista.

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows Vista Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows Vista Security Updates.

How Do I Get Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista

Download Center

  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista, 32-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista SP1, 32-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista, 64-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows Vista SP1, 64-bit versions – Download Now

Internet Explorer 8 Overview, Release Notes, FAQs and System Requirements

Overview

Release Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Updating your Windows Vista System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows Vista (refer to Checking for Updates on Windows Vista Manually blog article for help) or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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Internet Explorer 8 released today for Windows XP – March 19, 2009

On Thursday, March 19, 2009, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8 on the Download Center Microsoft for Windows XP.

NOTE

This articles does not show Windows XP Security Updates. Please review MSFT Security Updates blog category for Windows XP Security Updates.

How Do I Get Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP

Download Center

  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP2 – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP3 – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP, 64-bit versions – Download Now
  • Internet Explorer 8 for Windows XP SP2, 64-bit versions – Download Now

Internet Explorer 8 Overview, Release Notes, FAQs and System Requirements

Overview

Release Notes

Frequently Asked Questions

System Requirements

Updating your Windows XP System

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by using the Windows Update feature in Windows XP or by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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Security Center and Automatic Update Notification Icons Not Appearing

Today, I was removing malware and spyware bits from a Windows XP Professional machine. When the infected machine was cleaned, I checked the machine for updates using our in-house WSUS server. I noticed two things which were the Automatic Update notification icon was not appearing and the Security Center notification icon was not functioning at all…no notification icons appearing in the Notification Tray.

The Windows XP Automatic Update notification icon appears when updates are ready to be downloaded and / or updates are ready to be installed. The Windows XP Security Center notification icon appears when the firewall is disabled. no antivirus product is installed or definitions out of date, or Automatic Updates are set to Off.

Automatic Update and Security Center Notification Icons

I checked if the Security Center service was running using the following commands:

sc query wscsvc

sc qc wscsvc

The Security Center service was started and the startup type was set to Automatic. I also checked if the Security Center Alert Settings were disabled. The Security Center Alert Settings were not disabled, refer to Image below.

Security Center Alert Settings

I started to think the WMI repository were somehow not consistent or corrupted, so I rebuilt the WMI repository using this blog article "Security Center not Accurately Reporting Anti-Virus / Firewall Status for Windows XP" and the notification icons still were not appearing.

I checked if the Customize Notification icons were set to Always Hide for the Automatic Update and Security Center notification icons. The notification icons were not in the Customize Notification icons list, refer to image below.

Customize Notifications

In was a little bit puzzled after I check for any Group Policies that may have been enabled by the malware and spyware to enforce some machine or personal settings and I could not detect any issues with Group Policy settings.

I open the "WindowsUpdate.log" and found some interesting clues which were:

2008-03-25 12:29:55:578 848 634 Service WARNING: GetUserTokenFromSessionId failed with error 800704dd for session 0
2008-03-25 12:29:55:578 848 634 AU WARNING: AU found no suitable session to launch client in

I did some searching and found this knowledge base article, "Error messages that you may receive when you try to download and install updates from the Windows Update Web site, from the Microsoft Update Web site, or from a WSUS server: "0x800704DD," "0x80240020," or both". I check the registry and found the following subkey missing:

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify\SensLogn

I re-created the missing registry subkey and its entries. Rebooted the computer and the Security Center and Automatic Update notification icons appeared.

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Manual Steps to Repair / Re-created the ‘SensLogn’ Registry Subkey for Windows XP

  1. Click Start and then Run.
  2. Type regedit.exe in the Run dialog box.
  3. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  4. Navigate to:HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Notify
  5. Right-click Notify to select New > Key.
  6. Name the new key SensLogn.
  7. Right-click SensLogn to select New > DWORD Value.
  8. Name the new DWORD Asynchronous.
  9. Double click Asynchronous to assign a value data of 1.
  10. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  11. Name the new String Disconnect.
  12. Double click Disconnect to assign a value data of SensDisconnectEvent.
  13. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  14. Name the new String DLLName.
  15. Double click DLLName to assign a value data of WlNotify.dll.
  16. Right-click SensLogn to select New > DWORD Value.
  17. Name the new DWORD Impersonate.
  18. Double click Impersonate to assign a value data of 1.
  19. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  20. Name the new String Lock.
  21. Double click Lock to assign a value data of SensLockEvent.
  22. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  23. Name the new String Logoff.
  24. Double click Logoff to assign a value data of SensLogoffEvent.
  25. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  26. Name the new String Logon.
  27. Double click Logon to assign a value data of SensLogonEvent.
  28. Right-click SensLogn to select New > DWORD Value.
  29. Name the new DWORD MaxWait.
  30. Double click MaxWait to assign a value data of 1.
  31. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  32. Name the new String PostShell.
  33. Double click PostShell to assign a value data of SensPostShellEvent.
  34. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  35. Name the new String Reconnect.
  36. Double click Reconnect to assign a value data of SensReconnectEvent.
  37. Right-click SensLogn to select New > DWORD Value.
  38. Name the new DWORD Safe.
  39. Double click Safe to assign a value data of 1.
  40. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  41. Name the new String Shutdown.
  42. Double click Shutdown to assign a value data of SensShutdownEvent.
  43. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  44. Name the new String StartScreenSaver.
  45. Double click StartScreenSaver to assign a value data of SensStartScreenSaverEvent.
  46. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  47. Name the new String StartShell.
  48. Double click StartShell to assign a value data of SensStartShellEvent.
  49. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  50. Name the new String Startup.
  51. Double click Startup to assign a value data of SensStartupEvent.
  52. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  53. Name the new String StopScreenSaver.
  54. Double click StopScreenSaver to assign a value data of SensStopScreenSaverEvent.
  55. Right-click SensLogn to select New > String Value.
  56. Name the new String Unlock.
  57. Double click Unlock to assign a value data of SensUnlockEvent.
  58. Exit the Windows XP Registry Editor.
  59. Reboot Windows XP.

Automated Fix to Repair / Re-created the ‘SensLogn’ Registry Subkey for Windows XP

  1. Download to senslogn.reg a folder on your hard drive.
  2. Right-click sendlogn.reg to select Merge.
  3. Now the registration entries are added for you.
  4. Reboot Windows XP.

    NOTES

    The sendlogn.reg file is from my web server (http://lprf.homeserver.com). You also can view the contents of the sendlogn.reg file by right-clicking the file and selecting Edit. You may need to log off then log on to your user account or restart your computer for the changes to take affect.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
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Windows XP cannot install Windows Updates After a Repair Install

Microsoft has confirmed a problem of Windows XP not installing Windows Updates after performing a repair install of Windows XP according to this blog post from the Microsoft Update Product Team Blog.

When performing a repair install, all Windows XP system files are replaced with the files on the Windows XP CD including the Windows Update files. Windows system registry settings are restored as well. During the repair operation, the Wups2.dll is not deleted or replaced because this file is not known to Windows XP repair process but the registry entries for the Wups2.dll are deleted which causes the Windows Update failures. KB943144 has more information about this problem.

Solution

  1. Log in with Administrative privileges.
  2. Click Start and then Run.
  3. Type cmd in the Run dialog box to open the Command Prompt.
  4. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  5. Type the following to stop the Automatic Update service:

    net stop wuauserv

  6. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  7. Type the following the register the Wups2.dll file:

    regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll

  8. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  9. Type the following to start the Automatic Update service:

    net start wuauserv

  10. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  11. Type the following to close the Command Prompt.

    exit

  12. Press ENTER on your keyboard.
  13. Visit Windows Update to keep you computer secure with known vulnerabilities.

Platforms Tested

  • Microsoft Windows XP 32-bit Editions

Important Reminder

Please keep your computer up to date with Critical and Important updates by visiting Microsoft Update. If you experience any problems with Microsoft Security updates then please call Microsoft support for help. There will be no charge for support on Security Updates.

Microsoft has set up newsgroups for self-support. If you need help for Security updates or any other updates that is issued by Microsoft then please visit the Windows Update newsgroup at using your newsreader news://msnews.microsoft.com/microsoft.public.windowsupdate.

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