Some system updates and fixes are important for use of cable connections. Now that you have a broadband connection, you can afford to download updates and fixes that previously would have been too time-consuming. To find out the version and sub-version of operating system you are using:
Windows 95 has some serious deficiencies with networking that need to be fixed for satisfactory use of a broadband service. All the updates and patches are available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/.
If you are running the original Windows 95, 4.00.950 (with no suffix A, B, or C), then before anything else, you should apply Windows 95 Service Pack 1. This will take you to version 4.00.950A.
With Windows 95, versions 4.00.950A or B or C, apply:
If your version of Internet Explorer is 3.x, you should download a newer version.
Then apply all the Critical Updates listed on the Downloads page in chronological order for security fixes. Note that the Windows Update site no longer supports Windows 95.
All the updates and patches are available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsnt/downloads/.
Apply Service Pack 6a, then apply the latest cumulative Security Update, then any single Security Updates more recent than the cumulative one.
The Windows Update facility is available to NT users who have applied Service Pack 3 or higher and Internet Explorer 4.01 SP2 or higher.
Win98 only (not WinME) users: apply Dial-Up Networking 1.4 Upgrade, for some TCP/IP improvements.
Both Win98 and WinME users: go to Windows Update (click Start, Windows Update). Click Product Updates. Apply all Critical Updates. Repeat regularly.
Go to Windows Update (click Start, Windows Update). Click Scan for updates. Apply all Critical Updates and Service Packs. Repeat regularly. Also, with effect from Service Pack 3, open control panel Automatic Updates:
Go to Windows Update (click Start, All Programs, Windows Update). Click Scan for updates. Apply all Critical Updates. Repeat regularly. Also:
It is strongly recommended that you visit the Windows Update site, click Product Updates, and install Windows Critical Update Notification, which will check for new critical updates daily. For Windows 2000, with effect from Service Pack 3, the Critical Update Notification is superseded by the Automatic Update control panel.
Update free to Mac OS 8.6 at http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n60283.
Apply Font Manager Update 1.0 from http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n60444. This fixes a frequent crashing bug in 8.6.
Pull down the Apple menu, select Control Panels, and open the Software Update control panel. Apply all listed updates. Repeat until no further updates shown. Repeat regularly.
Pull down the Apple menu, select System Preferences...; click Software Updates; click Update Now.
Apple Mac OS (versions 7.6.1 to 8.0)
Update to Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 from http://www.microsoft.com/mac/download/ie/ie50.asp. All earlier versions of IE for Mac have trouble with some secure web sites.
Apple Mac OS (versions 8.1 to 9.x)
Update to Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.1 from http://www.microsoft.com/mac/download/ie/ie51.asp. This version works better then 5.0 with transparent web proxy caches.
Apple Mac OS X
Update to Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 from http://www.microsoft.com/mac/DOWNLOAD/IE/ie52.asp.
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