Windows 6.0 Updates: 2 Years after Vista's "EOL"

Vistaar

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April 11, 2017 was supposed to be Doomsday for Windows Vista. A Vista News item, End of the road: Microsoft terminates support for Windows Vista today was posted that eventually had 19 replies, in which @Jody Thornton advocated the unorthodox idea that updates for Windows Server 2008 SP2 could be used to patch Windows Vista SP2 until January 2020. I was quite dubious of this idea at the time, hence none of those replies were from me. That was the closest this forum ever came to having a thread about Server 2008 updates for Vista, although Jody had more success at MSFN, where his thread Server 2008 Updates on Windows Vista became the standard reference on the subject. Jody never actually convinced me, however Microsoft has convinced me!

It turns out that every Windows update includes a text file that can be extracted with 7-Zip or similar software. For example, take KB3205638, which was an official Windows Vista SP2 update - in fact one of the well-known speed-up patches that must be manually installed before Windows Update has any hope of running to completion. This is the text file it contains:
ApplicabilityInfo="Windows Vista SP2;Windows Server Core SP2;Windows Server 2008 SP2;"
Applies to="Windows 6.0"
Build Date="2016/11/11"
Company="Microsoft Corporation"
File Version="1"
Installation Type="FULL"
Installer Engine="Component Based Servicing - WUSA.exe"
Installer Version="6.0.0.0"
KB Article Number="3205638"
Language="ALL"
Package Type="Security Update"
Processor Architecture="x86"
Product Name="Windows 6.0"
Support Link="http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=3205638"
Of course ApplicabilityInfo mentions Windows Vista SP2, but why does it also list Windows Server 2008 SP2? Because they are both Windows 6.0! Now let's look at the text file from KB4056564, which is a Windows Server 2008 SP2 update that adds support for TLS 1.1 and 1.2 for Internet Explorer 9 (and supersedes the earlier KB4019276, as I mentioned in IE9: Last Supported Browser for Vista):
ApplicabilityInfo="Windows Vista SP2;Windows Server Core SP2;Windows Server 2008 SP2;"
Applies to="Windows 6.0"
Build Date="2018/04/27"
Company="Microsoft Corporation"
File Version="2"
Installation Type="FULL"
Installer Engine="Component Based Servicing - WUSA.exe"
Installer Version="6.0.0.0"
KB Article Number="4056564"
Language="ALL"
Package Type="Security Update"
Processor Architecture="x86"
Product Name="Windows 6.0"
Support Link="http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=4056564"
The remarkable thing is that ApplicabilityInfo has not changed at all, even though this update was released a year after Vista's "EOL." As far as Microsoft is concerned, one Windows 6.0 patch has the same applicability as another - and who are we to argue with Microsoft?
 

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wither 3

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Thanks townsbg. I found a Local Storage folder in the Opera Stable folder. It seems to list everywhere one has been. The problem is that I had tried to install Vista on that former primary drive and there's not much in the Windows Old folders which were created.

I did some extensive searching and I think this is the website with all the updates-

 

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Vistaar

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I did some extensive searching and I think this is the website with all the updates-
That is indeed MSFN member greenhillmaniac's repository. Of course you could download all the updates from Microsoft, but greenhillmaniac has tried to make things simple - speaking of which, MSFN member WinClient5270 has a video:
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjBKPkvA190
.
 

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Phew! This is screwed up. When I see your reply in my e-mail, it takes me to townsbg' thread but neither your reply nor mine are there. I copied my reply here over to his thread.
 

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Vistaar

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...When I see your reply in my e-mail, it takes me to townsbg' thread but neither your reply nor mine are there. I copied my reply here over to his thread.
I presume that an administrator moved posts #2 and #3 from ScousaJAY's old thread windows update just seems to hang while checking (resurrected by townsbg earlier this month) to here (quite possibly at Imacri's request) on grounds that they were undeniably off topic there, like so many of your posts everywhere. I might not have been so indulgent of you myself, except that ScousaJAY's thread has been unreadably long for 3 years anyway, and there hasn't actually been anything new to say on that topic for 2 years (hence my limited interest in the adventures of townsbg and yourself). I have only one objection to this new arrangement: It seems that you are once again a poster in a thread that I started for F.Y.I. purposes - not because I wanted to assist you personally, much less chat with you. For the time being, this thread is short, concise, and not bloated with OT rubbish, and I would very much like to keep it that way. Therefore, please start your own thread immediately.

Thank you!
 

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No reason to start another thread. We're doing nicely in the other one.

I did appreciate that you confirmed my link.
 

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    NVIDIA 780i
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI GTX 560 TI Twin Frozr
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster SB Audigy
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic VG2436
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080p
    Hard Drives
    Samsung HD 105SI
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    Apevia XJupiter
    Cooling
    air
    Mouse
    Logitech MX 600
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    30 Mbps
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