What Exactly is "Offline Installer"?

wilhelm1

Well-Known Member
#1
By using an offline installer is there any problem with doing it? i.e. spyware, tracking, cost
 


wilhelm1

Well-Known Member
#2
Not getting much response to my question about what "Offline Installer" is about so moving right along. I wanted to update my IE 8 to IE 9 and downloaded it from "TuCows" it said it was safe but it also downloaded something called "Trovi" which caused me
some errors so I restored my laptop to an earlier date and I am back with IE 8. At least the errors are gone. Damn Microsoft
 


patcooke

Microsoft MVP
Staff member
Premium Supporter
Microsoft MVP
#3
It's not Microsoft that's to blame. If you want a Microsoft product you should goto Microsoft's official site for it You should always try to download software from source rather than third party web sites. Many of these are now offering downloads of free software but packaging it with quantities, often overwhelming quantities, of "crapware". This stuff is at best a nuisance and at worst a serious threat to security and can be very difficult to remove. Some software authors make their money by only offering their software via such downloader front ends. I found one only today (opaque taskbar) which seemed to offer no way of installing other than along with a cartload of junk. So first try and get a clean junk free installer, preferably direct from the package creator, and second, whenever you do install a downloaded package take great care to read what you are downloading (the download page is often covered with various "download" buttons which may be for something completely different to what you want - you will be presented with a large coloured download button linking to some crapware and a tiny link further down for the software you really want. Thirdly look carefully at what is being done at each stage of the install, never accepting express or default installs and thinking twice before clicking on accept/proceed etc.
 


wilhelm1

Well-Known Member
#4
Thanks Pat. I was saying Damn Microsoft due to the long frustration of updating my laptop to IE 11. Even when you ask Microsoft for the way to update to IE 9 as soon as you key in, you get IE 11 not a word about IE 9.
 


Trouble

Noob Whisperer
#5
When you run the Windows Update applet in the control panel and it returns "available updates".
You will generally get "Important or Critical" updates and then additionally you should see something called "Optional Updates".
Have you double checked both of them to see if IE 9 is among them?
 


wilhelm1

Well-Known Member
#6
Yes, I have been checking, Mostly office 2007 and Net framework
 


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