The Register reports that Microsfot has banned cover disk updates. According to the story it's all because of Sun. This hits us harder in the UK, where not everyone has broadband and where phone calls are much more expensive. Sadly, not everyone in the UK is able to download 166mb DirectX 9 update or the 134mb Windows Service Pack 1a. I've made use of cover disk patches for years. It was one reason why I subscribe to PC Pro!