Win XP Tips: Disable Automatic Windows Update

Philippines
May 2, 2007 6:38am CST
Windows XP is configured out of the box routinely scan for and download updates to Windows XP automatically. While this can be somewhat convenient for those with very fast Internet connections and those who would otherwise forget to check for updates, it can be a nuisance for the rest of us, who are still using 56k or, even worse 33k modem connections. * Open the System icon in Control Panel (or right-click My Computer and select Properties), and choose the Automatic Updating tab. You can turn-off auto updates here. * To check for updates manually, open Internet Explorer and select Windows Update from the Tools menu.
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@tim_un (355)
• Malaysia
3 May 07
Hi divinister, thank you very much for your information sharing here. This is useful tips, because some people dont know that "automatic update" will cause their Windows run slower and might have more problem. So better do manual updates when you need.
• Philippines
3 May 07
you're welcome tim. actually, on my experience, it makes both my system and Internet access slow when auto update is enabled. i usually do manual updates.
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• Netherlands
2 May 07
Eventhough one may decide to turn off the automatic update feature in Windows it is still recommended to manually check for critical updates regularly. These updates may be patches to newly discovered holes in the operating system that allows hackers to exploit this vulnerabillity and gain illigal access to a person's computer. Firewalls, anti-virus and spyware solutions are not guarrantees but only means to a better user experience and sense of safety relative to having no security measures implimented at all. And even those software solutions need updating regularly if not daily. The more hassle free way of going about all the updating is to have the software check for, download and install updates automatically. Having said that, it is understandable that downloading updates may be a nuisance to some unfortunate people who are still forced to use a 56k modem instead of a broadband connection but this nuisance should be weighed against the risk of having an exposed computer. Depending on how much importance one gives to their use of the computer and the files on it, it should then be evident that logically to some security is the first thing on their mind while for others it is merely a matter of repairing the damage without the worry of losing any important and private data.
• Philippines
3 May 07
but some people have illegal copies of Windows and automatic update is not much of a use to them. Microsoft now validates if the copy of Windows is authentic or not, if it is then it is possible to update but if not, it can't be updated.
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