OK Ran every thing from scratch, unchecked Autopatcher updater.
Checked Windows XP, Autopatcher, diectxaddon, Office XP. Everything downloaded and unzipped correctly.
Only slight hitch was that when needing to download from autopatcher.com, it appeared too lose contactwith the server. Exited apup, started it again, it downloaded the remaining files.
So I think my problems with the first try were due to the updater.
BTW there is no apup_bin folder this time.
Md5 hash for apup.exe itself (not the .zip download) is 694E9522A30C8897F21A5E323A848FE8, size 159744 bytes.
Concerning uz.exe, one is included in apup.zip, placed in the rt folder.
As a test, in a new folder, I again extracted the apup.zip (MD5 hash as in edit 6 of announcements post). Ran apup.exe from there with just updater and Autopatcher checked: the apup_bin folder was created (no zip, just the extracted files), again the bin and translations folders were empty and no Autopatcher.exe file either. Also the rt folder was removed.
Again apup.exe was renamed apup.exe.old the new apup is MD5 FB9210DDC9A06AC1B4230CE200C21AFA, 167936 bytes.
So it would seem that there is another (later?) version of apup.exe that gets downloaded by the updater, and that is the version that does peculiar things, such as downloading zip files then deleting them withoutfirst extracting their contents..
EDIT: I now downloaded the apup.zip file from the link Cyrus gives in post 8 of this thread.
This time, with Updater and Autopatcher checked it downloaded and extracted the files.
I blame the link in announcements now!!
Edited by JRosenfeld, 03 December 2007 - 11:39 PM.