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    Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Occasionally when I open IE 6.0 it will automatically go to the Windows XP Update site. Does anyone know why this happens and how can I stop it?

    I do check the Windows XP Update site on at least a weekly basis so I can see no reason to force a visit. This started recently but it did happen even before I installed SP-1 last week.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Try going to Tools | Internet options | advanced. Un-check 'Automatically check for Internet Explorer updates'.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Joe,

    Thanks. That is probably the culprit. I wonder why it just recently started to behave this way. I know I didn
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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    I ordered my SP-1 on CD so I have yet to install it, but it looks like to me, from several threads I've seen, that SP-1 puts you back at the stage of having to re-set a lot of settings and tweaks that you made in the original installation. Turn it off, turn it on, disable it, etc. etc. etc.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Al, I don't know that you have to reset much of anything, tweaks or otherwise. I don't and never will use Outlook Express, and that seems to have been the Big Deal surrounding this update. On the whole, on two XP systems that I have applied the service pack to, I haven't had one lick of trouble with it. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>, now I am off to find some wood to knock upon. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Al,

    I've read some things about SP-1 but this started happening about 3 weeks before I installed it. It could have been one of those frequent MS security updates I am always installing.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    BigAl, I agree with Mark. I've installed SP-1 on two machines with no problems at all. Haven't had to reset anything that I can recall. I'm going to do a thrid soon.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    I haven't seen anything I had to reset with it--in a week of use, Al. My settings were 100% OK.
    Didn't mess with Object Desktop, any menu checks, system settings. I can't say that I noticed any huge performance differences, but from everything I read the emphasis was predominantly security hotfixes, support for Mira, FreeStyle PC's, Tablet PC's, .Net, and as for "new UI components" other than the little "hide it to comply with the letter of the consent decree to make legal happy"
    (i.e. "Group :Windows Update Snubs settlement something tells me Bush DOJ is more preoccupied with going after El Quaeda and El Enron and El Worldcom than pursuing M$ and that most states attorneys general are also)--if there are other gui notables to tantalize the eyes--I've missed them--I hope someone points them out. They were widely reported in preview articles.

    There are things like these, but that's just Windows Security flaws rolling on --another day--they write the most code, and they get attacked a lot Two Flaws Embitter Microsoft's Java.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Well, you guys are all very encouraging! I don't know what I "think" I read that made me believe that after-SP1 would be almost like starting over again. I've been sitting here, waiting for my CD to arrive, dreading the task. Thanks folks, for the reassurances! Meanwhile, I've applied Steve Gibson's XPdite just to be on the safe side.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Al,

    If your CD is the same status as mine, it is back ordered. Don't know when I'll get it. I do have a high-speed connection and that it how I installed SP-1 but it still took longer than I thought it should. I haven't had to reset anything either. I was just curious what might be causing my IE to go to the Windows Update page occasionally.
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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Defrag,

    I didn
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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Al--
    One positive I have noticed in the last few days is that my boot time is faster--maybe by a factor of two plus. One reason is possibly that in order to download SP1 I had to get rid of a 3rd party utility that I never got around to using called "Boot XP" that offers a way to have a variety of screens on bootup in terms of graphics or design that modified the registry in a way to block the download--not sure on this potential prolonging of boot time. When I installed XP, I put a backup protected on an unamed drive and I still have it, but before a black and white screen always showed up after the firmware screen and with a countdown that I shortened all I could asking me which OS I wanted to boot to. Now I don't get that screen and the Welcome screen is gone faster and when the desktop appears it is ready to roll quicker. I know there are a number of tweaks in the registry to shorten this--one available from Microsoft since XP was launched, and other third party utilities I haven't used.
    Fast Boot/Fast Resume Design
    I said things were 100% the same, but the close screen buttons reverted back to a plain XP appearance or a classic appearance, but I was able to fix that quickly. I have made it a point to go into every screen and menu I can think of to check settings, menus, checked or unchecked boxes, and aside from the exception I mentioned, they are all as before.

    On Microsoft's website, are a number of benchmark comparisons between XP and 98, and I believe one of them was boot time improvement and I think I remember the figure of 21 seconds--improvement of XP over 98 SE. It's faster now.

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Hi Hlewton, This might be more a function of your video card that XP. What is your hardware setup? Do you have an integrated video chip as opposed to a separate card? Is some of your system memory reserved for video? Have you changed your desktop? Added icons? More complex wallpaper? Modified any icon cache settings with some tweaking program?

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Hi Hlewton--
    Interesting. I'll experiment with this and research it a little. I suspect also after a couple more weeks, the XP tweak sites will begin to report on and analyze some of the performance changes as the reported numbers grow. I have from time to time noticed differences in refresh rates, and depending on your video card, you can tweak the refresh rate by right clicking the desktop>properties>settings>advanced>monitor tab. I Don't pretend to be expert in refresh rate tweaking. I understand the higher the rate, the less flicker in the display--that the rate needs to be synced with video recording speed and that lower rates under 72 Hz can contribute to eye muscle fatigue--that you have options and many web sites help with this--and that if you run your computer at a higher rate than it supports you can damage the monitor and the video adapter.-Here's a web site on it and I suppose the Video Card Makers, the Hardware sites, and OEM's have lots on this:
    Microsoft Windows XP and Refresh Rates: Tell Microsoft You Want Optiomal Refresh Rates in Longhorn

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    Re: Forced Update (XPP SP-1)

    Defrag,

    Thanks, I'll check out the site.
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