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Requesting hotfixes from Microsoft

You may have noticed that many of the hotfixes listed in the Microsoft Help and Support knowledge base aren’t actually available for download unless you contact support? What you might not know is that there is a secret form on the Microsoft site that allows you to fill out a request for that specific hotfix.

Rafael has created a site called Hotfixr, which helps you get access to that hidden form. To use Hotfixr, just copy the KB article number from the Microsoft site from the little box on the upper right corner. Then paste it into Hotfixr’s textbox, and you’ll be taken to the super secret hidden form on Microsoft’s site where you can directly request the hotfix. Once you’re there, you’ll have to put in your email address and submit the request, but it saves you from having to contact the support services.

In case you are wondering, all the hotfixr site really does is submit a form that redirects you to this Microsoft page, replacing ID with the number that you put in. http://support.microsoft.com/hotfix/KBHotfix.aspx?kbnum=ID

But it still saves you an extra step, probably worth bookmarking if you do a lot of maintenance on Microsoft products.


Source:→ The How-To Geek

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