Windows XP - Automatic Updates

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Windows XP - Automatic Updates

Hey I'd really like someone to explain to me the point of these Automatic Updates and if it's really necessary. Because if it's not I'll just find a way to turn it off. So... : )

   

   

Niebr
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Those updates are necessary, without them, your computer could become vulnerable to virus, being hacked, and it can become much slower, leave the automatic updates on,

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PhOeNiX_OaSiS
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I used to think these updates were pointless as well. That was until I got my new Zune and tried to download the software for it. Being that the Zune is also a Microsoft product, a necessary update was needed by Windows in order for the Zune software to install at all. All these programs work together, to take up our time looking for updates! But hey in the end its all worth it!Smile

P.S. When you do the Windows Update, it automatically creates a restore point for you. This comes in hany when your computer starts acting up and slowing down. You can restore it back to the date you last updated Windows. But please not that any data saved from AFTER the restore date might be lost.

 

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Stevie
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I like to have it set to where it "Notify but do not download or install".  I like to see what I'm getting before I give it permission to DL and install.

LBL
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You know, one of the IT guys where my mom works told her that not all of those Windows updates are necessary, and at times they can even mess up your computer.  .... not sure how TRUE that is though

 

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Stevie
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There have been past cases especially in Win98's heyday where there were problems.  I always waited 2 weeks after an update was released to install it.  2 weeks is a good time period to wait and see if any problems arise.

Since going to XP SP2, my standard wait time is a week before installing new updates.  I recall that there was some sort of glitch with Service Pack 3 last month where Microsoft made it available and then snatched it back within in the same 24 hour period and then re-releasing it again.  I forgot the nature of the problems but I still haven't installed it.  Don't know if I will.  

GoldenGirl
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I don't believe all of them are necessary as well. For example in XP, if you don't use Outlook Express, then I don't believe the update is necessary. 

But that's just me!

I always had mine set up to download and then notify before install.  You can also have it set up to just notify you when the updates are available (like Stevie suggested)

MariaO
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Any insight about service pack 3 for windows?

I heard it has some bugs??  

Hot2na
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[quote=MariaO]Any insight about service pack 3 for windows?

I heard it has some bugs??[/quote]

yes, big bugs! SP3 had a continual reboot problem after install. it has since been patched. there was also a problem with the graphics design interface (GDI) which is a core component of the operating system. this too has been patched. you can read about both here.

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Okay thanks to everyone who replied. I guess the general gist is I that shouldn't change a thing. I thought that since I have a pretty good antivirus system that I wasn't as vulnerable to viruses, being hacked etc. as someone mentioned and didn't need it but I guess not. Better safe than sorry I suppose...

This is the thing about my computer. Right now I have the message - 'Updates are ready for your computer. Click here to install these updates.' If I click it I won't be told exactly what is being installed and I really don't like that so how exactly do I set it up as "Notify but do not download or install" ?

Niebr
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if you want to know what is being installed, hit start, all programs, windows update,
its at the top of the column to the right of the start column,
click on that and internet explorer will open, then just follow through the options, and it will tell you what is being installed, you cannot leave that page, or close that internet explorer window while these updates are being downloaded and installed, or it will interrupt them,

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