Support? What's that?

It's that time of the year again, where I finally break down and reinstall the operating system and all the basic software. The OS? No problem? Drivers? No worries. The updates for the OS? Bob's my uncle. A really ancient spreadsheet? 1+1=2. Updates for said spreadsheet? 2+2=4. A not-so-ancient word processor? Still no problems. Updating said word processor? Errr... No.

The problem is that apparently the manufacturer no longer supports said word processor (or spreadsheet), but still offers all service packs and updates for download. Which shouldn't be a problem, apart from the first service pack for the word processor. It's a small executable that should download roughly 25MB, ie, just the bits it needs to update everything. Except those 25MB are gone. Every other bit of update is there, but not those 25MB's I really want.

Oh, and in case you're wondering, why doesn't he simply grab the next service pack and install that? I would, if it didn't require the first one being installed.

It makes me wonder why they don't simply get rid of all such updates. It's not as if anybody desiring a fresh install can actually use them.

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