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Microsoft removes KB articles when they get old.

Its really frustrating to come up to a page for a KB article you know should exist, (you bookmarked it) but its just been removed.

Does Microsoft put them anywhere we can get at them, or are they just completely hidden?

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To clarify: Microsoft removes KB articles when a product reaches end of lifecycle. This is done on a first come first serve basis however. –  Diago Jul 16 '09 at 6:43

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The particular article you're looking for is mirrored here -- no guarantee that it hasn't been altered on the mirrored site, I guess.

Note that six-digit KB articles beginning with 1 are incredibly old, like from the Windows 95 time frame or thereabouts. I wouldn't recommend depending on the continued availability of any articles that old. Sometimes they stay up marked as retired content; sometimes they just disappear.

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Can you give an example of an old KB article that has been removed?

I've seen the opposite problem - very old KB articles that pop up in Internet searches. People don't always realize they're looking at something very old, and will sometimes follow ancient advice.

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For instance, support.microsoft.com/kb/q183107 was an entry on WM_MOUSELEAVE, but its gone without a trace now from the Microsoft kb article set –  bobobobo Jul 16 '09 at 3:46
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Speak Japanese at all? support.microsoft.com/kb/183107/ja –  John Saunders Jul 16 '09 at 4:12

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