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Does the version of Firefox you're using affect downloads and installations?

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I'm curious. On my Windows XP desktop, right up till Thursday, April 16 2016, I had no issue updating Microsoft Security Essentials. When an issue came up, I attempted to download an installer produced by Microsoft specifically for the program that would force updates through in the case of issues with the actual updating system for MSE. However when I attempted the download, I didn't get all of it. The file is a 111mb file, but Firefox was only getting 110 of it, which rendered it useless. I haven't gotten around to updating from version 28.0 on my XP machine for two reasons; 1) I'm working on backing up all my stuff to migrate to a windows 10 laptop in case this old monster of mine crashes and burns and, 2) I have still yet to learn how to move the data over to my new machine so that I can have the older version of Firefox be separate from the more updated versions on it (or the variants, such as Waterfox) despite my best attempts to learn how to do so via links recommended here. Does anyone know if having an older version of Firefox has somehow affected MSE's ability to update somehow, and/or if the older version also somehow affects downloads?

I'm curious. On my Windows XP desktop, right up till Thursday, April 16 2016, I had no issue updating Microsoft Security Essentials. When an issue came up, I attempted to download an installer produced by Microsoft specifically for the program that would force updates through in the case of issues with the actual updating system for MSE. However when I attempted the download, I didn't get all of it. The file is a 111mb file, but Firefox was only getting 110 of it, which rendered it useless. I haven't gotten around to updating from version 28.0 on my XP machine for two reasons; 1) I'm working on backing up all my stuff to migrate to a windows 10 laptop in case this old monster of mine crashes and burns and, 2) I have still yet to learn how to move the data over to my new machine so that I can have the older version of Firefox be separate from the more updated versions on it (or the variants, such as Waterfox) despite my best attempts to learn how to do so via links recommended here. Does anyone know if having an older version of Firefox has somehow affected MSE's ability to update somehow, and/or if the older version also somehow affects downloads?

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  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 11.0.8
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  • NPRuntime Script Plug-in Library for Java(TM) Deploy
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  • RealJukebox Netscape Plugin
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  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin
  • Rhapsody Player Engine Plugin

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jscher2000
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I don't think anyone is going to be able to answer this question confidently, as the file is unusually huge and you're on such an old version.

Can you download it using IE instead as a workaround?

I don't think anyone is going to be able to answer this question confidently, as the file is unusually huge and you're on such an old version. Can you download it using IE instead as a workaround?
jscher2000
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Sorry, I missed part of your question:

Does anyone know if having an older version of Firefox has somehow affected MSE's ability to update somehow...

No, MSE uses Windows/IE for internet connectivity, not Firefox.

Sorry, I missed part of your question: <blockquote> Does anyone know if having an older version of Firefox has somehow affected MSE's ability to update somehow... </blockquote> No, MSE uses Windows/IE for internet connectivity, not Firefox.
1bearbear 0 solutions 5 answers

First hought it may have been addition of Firefox. I have Win XP, old IE, Google chrome. so could problem be MS Not supporting XP anymore plus just recently Google may have dropped any support for Chrome still on XP machine Possibly leading to non-connectivity to net or other reason for not receiving MSE updates. the messages said the  ?________ isnt available in safe mode. error 0x8000700c1 . any more ideas?

First hought it may have been addition of Firefox. I have Win XP, old IE, Google chrome. so could problem be MS Not supporting XP anymore plus just recently Google may have dropped any support for Chrome still on XP machine Possibly leading to non-connectivity to net or other reason for not receiving MSE updates. the messages said the ?________ isnt available in safe mode. error 0x8000700c1 . any more ideas?