This is a strange problem: I got XP Pro (OEM) installed as my only OS, and IE 6 as my only browser. When I try Windows Update manually, it says i need windows to avail of windows update!! Similarly, when i access hotmail.com, it says my browser is of a lower version. (4.xxx) and i shuld upgrade to IE 5 or 6. I had updated windows before this problem started. Didn't get SP1, but got the cumulative update of IE6, and the problems have started from then. I uninstalled that update, and reinstalled XP and IE, nuthing has helped! Any suggestions?