Yesterday I pulled through my collection of IBM ThinkPads to see which ones worked and which ones needed an update to start working again.
I found my old ThinkPad T40p with its massive — at that time — 40gig HDD that I used two years ago and ran into the ground with heavy usage.
My new ThinkPad T43p
has a 100gig HDD. It’s amazing how things change.
It’s also amazing how things stay the same. My T40p booted up just fine
after being dormant for about a year and I was able to get it connected
to the internet.
After updating the BIOS, disk controller, Wi-Fi
drivers, video driver and a slew of other features from the IBM (now
Lenovo) website, the T40p was slowly getting back into fighting shape.
Then I visited Windows Update on the Microsoft website to update my
core Windows XP Pro files.
After verifying my Windows authenticity and then installing ActiveX
controls to get Windows Update working again, I was met with a list of 41 High Priority Updates
for my machine!
41 High Priority Updates are a lot of necessary updates for what was
supposed to be a rugged and impenetrable Operating System when it was
It took over three hours of downloading and re-booting and updating to
get the T40p back into a current — and allegedly more secure —
Windows XP working state. You forget how difficult it has been to
securely run Windows XP when you do High Priority Updates over the
months as necessary, but when they are all there in a list at once and
spanning 41 updates, you begin to question why you ever stayed with
Windows as your Operating System of choice in the first place.