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Microsoft has adopted a standard for the information that is presented on the Version tab of the Properties dialog box for Microsoft product updates, tools, and add-on packages. This information is intended to provide customers with additional details about Microsoft product updates, tools, and add-on packages.
This article describes the information that Microsoft has added to the Version tab of the Properties dialog box for Microsoft product updates, tools, and add-on packages. To view this information, right-click the product update, the tool, or the add-on package, and then click Properties. In the Properties dialog box, click Version.
The Version tab of the Properties dialog box for Microsoft product updates, tools, and add-on packages now contains the following information:
Build Date. The date that the package was created, in YYYY/MM/DD format -- for example, 2003/07/20.
Company. Microsoft Corporation.
Installation Platform. The product that the package can be applied to, including the service pack level, if appropriate -- for example, "This package can be installed on Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 and Windows 2000 Service Pack 2."
Installation Type. The type of installation package -- either Full or Express. Full is used to describe a complete package that contains all the files that are required to complete the update. Express is used to describe a package that must connect to a network to obtain additional files for the update.
Installer Version. The version of the installer that is used for the package.
KB Article Number. The Microsoft Knowledge Base article ID number that is associated with the product update -- for example, 824686.
KB Article URL. The URL for the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that is associated with the product update -- for example, http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=824686.
Language. The language for the product update -- for example, ENU – English (United States).
Package Type. One of the following: Hotfix, Security Patch, Critical Update, Update, Update Rollup, Service Pack, Feature Pack, Driver, Connector, Development Kit, Tool, or Guidance. For additional information about the standard terminology that Microsoft is adopting to describe product updates, tools, and add-ons, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the Standard Terminology That Is Used to Describe Microsoft Software Updates
Package Revision. A numeric value that starts at 1 and is incremented each time that the same package is rebuilt.
Proc. Architecture. Processor architecture that the package applies to -- for example, x86, AMD64, or ia64.
Product Name. The product name that the package applies to.
Self-Extractor Version. The version of the self-extractor that is used for the package. This is typically used only if the self-extractor is a separate component from the installer.
For example, a Windows 2000 hotfix package will contain information on the Version tab that is similar to the following:
Build Date: 2002/10/18 Company: Microsoft Corporation Installation Platform: This package can be installed on Windows 2000 Service Pack 1 and Windows 2000 Service Pack 2 Installation Type: Full Installer Version: 126.96.36.199 KB Article Number: 123456 KB Article URL: http://support.microsoft.com?kbid=123456 Language: ENU – English (United States) Package Type: hotfix Package Revision: 1 Proc. Architecture: x86 Product Name: Microsoft Windows 2000 Family Self-Extractor Version: 188.8.131.52