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"0patch" program

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 2:45 pm
by Yan
0patch claims to install live patches to Windows 7 and Windows programs, and in particular to provide patches after Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7. It's free for personal use.

This is a good idea in principle, but the devil is in the execution. This review (three years old) isn't very favourable. There's information and a discussion here and here.

Do gerbils have an opinion?

Re: "0patch" program

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:15 pm
by Redocbew
I only skimmed the page, but is there any explanation on where these patches are coming from? I'm confused why someone would think a widget from Anonymous Widget Co. would fix the problem of there being no more patches.

Re: "0patch" program

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:52 am
by meerkt
Not familiar with this specific one, but maybe another "indie" Microsoft updates index and downloader?

Even after normal EOL Microsoft releases updates for special/embedded/whatever customers. Wikipedia says 2023.

Re: "0patch" program

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:45 am
by just brew it!
Unless you have a legacy application or device which is incompatible with newer versions of Windows I wouldn't bother messing around with something like this. Using a random 3rd party tool to apply 3rd party OS and application patches on-the-fly using an unofficial patch installation mechanism sounds like it would be unreliable/ineffective at best, dangerous at worst.

Re: "0patch" program

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:35 am
by Captain Ned
Not to mention that it's also a pretty good description of malware.

Re: "0patch" program

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:49 am
by just brew it!
Captain Ned wrote:
Not to mention that it's also a pretty good description of malware.

That's the "dangerous at worst" part! :wink: