BetaArchive Logo
Navigation Home Screenshots Image Uploader Server Info FTP Servers Wiki Forum RSS Feed Rules Please Donate
UP: 23d, 9h, 5m | CPU: 22% | MEM: 6008MB of 11137MB used
{The community for beta collectors}

Forum rules


Any off topic discussions should go in this forum. Post count is not increased by posting here.
FTP Access status is required to post in this forum. Find out how to get it


Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 
Author Message
 PostPost subject: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:16 pm 
Reply with quote
you know, every update from microsoft has something like kb123456, what do the numbers stand for?

id really be intrested in :)


Top
 PostPost subject: Re: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:20 pm 
Reply with quote
Donator
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Sat May 12, 2007 1:05 pm

Posts
5271

Location
The Collection Book

Favourite OS
Windows & Phone
KB = Knowlegde Base
123456 = I think random number.

(I think).

_________________
Image
http://www.thecollectionbook.info
Subscribe to our Image for updates and like us on Image.

Reading Mode only, PM's possible.


Top  Profile  WWW
 PostPost subject: Re: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:26 pm 
Reply with quote
Staff
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:11 pm

Posts
2607

Location
Germany, Earth

Favourite OS
Windows 10
@Rob: They aren't random numbers, I think the articles are consecutively numbered.
@Namronia: Those numbers are just the IDs for the article (it is easier to handle a 6-digit number instead of having a long title).

_________________
MS vNext: Windows 10 ESD Database - Windows 10 Build Labs - Windows 10 Update Archive - Office 2016 Version Tracker - Office Downloader


Top  Profile  WWW
 PostPost subject: Re: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:59 pm 
Reply with quote
Daniel wrote:
@Rob: They aren't random numbers, I think the articles are consecutively numbered.
@Namronia: Those numbers are just the IDs for the article (it is easier to handle a 6-digit number instead of having a long title).


yes, but what are they generated of?

was the first kb 000001 or what? :P


Top
 PostPost subject: Re: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:06 pm 
Reply with quote
Donator
Offline

Joined
Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:26 pm

Posts
932
The numbers are NOT sequential.... not completely. Look at the list of updates for you windows machine... you'll end up with article pointers to like KB201342 and KB976529.

However, there is SOME sort of sequence... for instance, if they release some patch, pointed to KB123456, and they end up finding there is a flaw with that patch, and release another one, it ends up being something like KB123459. Id imagine KB123457 and KB123458 are would-be numbers, but weren't ready for release.

So if I had to guess, the front number or two is indicative of the nature/subsystem/app that is getting patched, while the last bit of numbers have something to do with patch number.


Top  Profile
 PostPost subject: Re: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:47 pm 
Reply with quote
Donator
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Wed Aug 27, 2008 12:52 am

Posts
890

Location
United States

Favourite OS
Windows Server 2008 Standard
Namronia wrote:
was the first kb 000001 or what? :P

I don't know, but this is the earilest KB I could find. the number is 32905 and talks about the history of Windows 1.01 to 3.1

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/32905

_________________
Image


Top  Profile
 PostPost subject: Re: What does the KB number stand for?        Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 4:45 pm 
Reply with quote
Administrator
User avatar
Offline

Joined
Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:28 pm

Posts
7426
There are also a lot of KB articles not available for the public, that's why there's a lot of "missing articles". And as RentedMule pointed out, a lot of articles are simply not released or even removed because there's a newer "fix" etc. The earliest KB I've seen is 29995 which covered beta testing of the the new (at the time) KB database system :). There are earlier ones but most of them are internal stuff as far as I know.

_________________
Image
Official guidelines: The Definitive Guide to BetaArchive :: Abandonware
Tools: Alcohol120% (Portable)
Listings: BetaArchive Database (beta)
Channels: Discord :: Twitter


Top  Profile  WWW
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 7 posts ] 




Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  

All views expressed in these forums are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the BetaArchive site owner.

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group

Copyright © 2006-2018

 

Sitemap | XML | RSS