I have grumbled about Windows Update for a long time because, to use it, you need to run Internet Explorer. And now on top of that you have to go through an extra, time-consuming, Windows Genuine Advantage “Feed me your serial number and I’ll tell you if you have a real version of Windows and are able to download updates” procedure, which is very tedious, especially if you want to run Windows Update on a large network.
With that I say hello and hooray to WindizUpdate  ( http://windowsupdate.62nds.com ) which doesn’t require Internet Explorer. It uses a Firefox/Netscape/Opera/K-Melon plugin, so you can use pretty much any browser you want and still be able to download & install the updates. WindizUpdate  was established in January, and the plugin does not appear in any Virus/Adware/Spyware/Other Malware list, and I have it installed on my computer, so it is safe.
Not only does WindizUpdate  have the advantage of being used by better browsers than Microsoft’s Windows Update, it is also faster. Windows Update takes more than double the time that WindizUpdate  takes to work out what updates I need and then suggests a heap of superfluous nonsense is needed.
WindizUpdate  also doesn’t ask you to install XP Service Pack 2, so if you don’t want Windows to break further than absolutely necessary, then it doesn’t have to.
WindizUpdate  also works on Microsoft’s “unsupported” operating systems, NT4, 95, etc
And better yet, it isn’t an Active X control, Hooray!
I know which Windows Update I’ll be using! (And it doesn’t come from Microsoft)
WindizUpdate  ( http://windowsupdate.62nds.com/ )