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    Windows update

    A few days ago, I downloaded some patches from the Windows Download site. Since then, every time I connect (I'm dial-up), my computer starts automatically downloading stuff without my knowledge or consent. It takes forever...

    How do I stop these automatic download and revert back to the manual mode where I can choose what and when I want to get fixes.

    Claude Potvin

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    Re: Windows update

    These options are dimmed on both my W2K (SP4) workstation and WinXP (SP1) notebook, logged on as an account with Admin rights--have I downloaded a "critical update" that takes away this choice?

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    Re: Windows update

    I'm sorry, but I have no knowledge of the workings of either of those OS.
    Our more enlightened members that use those OS hopefully will respond soon.
    I just gave my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> worth from my OS (ME).

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    Re: Windows update

    In Win XP you access the Automatic Updates by.... Right click My Computer/Properties/Automatic Updates. If the "Automatically Download" option is greyed out you must have another option selected. Try selecting "Notify me before downloading"

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    Re: Windows update

    This is a fix for Windows Updates greyed out (Win XP).
    http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
    Go to line 179 on the right hand side. If you get it working you will be able to set it properly. Hope this helps

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    Re: Windows update

    Are you on a corporate/edutacional network? Has MS Software update servies been installed? A network administrator can push the client settings for SUS as part of your logon sequence. If this is the case you won't be able to change the settings from the UI. You need to use the Group Policy Editor (and maybe consult the IT folks).

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    Re: Windows update

    In addition to Kelly's tweak (always a great site to explore and use) you might try reading 223012: WINUP: Download Button Appears Dimmed After Selecting Components to Download.

    You can also consult the WinUp Troubleshooter to attempt to resolve a number of issues.


    IMHO, a better alternative is to turn off Windows Update unless and until they fix it, a new v5 is undergoing testing very soon, and to use the Microsoft Security Site with its bulletins to do your updating. None of the endless hassles posted day after day on the lounge are endemic to it:

    Complete Security Bulletin List for Hotfixes

    Hofix Update List, Hotfix Search by Microsoft Software Application, Link to Receiving Hotfix Notifcation Newsletter with Links to Hotfixes

    SMBP

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    Re: Windows update

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 01-Oct-03 13:05. to replace attached graphic with smaller version.)</P>

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    Re: Windows update

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by Leif on 01-Oct-03 13:09. to replace attached graphic with smaller version.)</P>Unfortunately, all options are greyed out for me . . .

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    Re: Windows update

    Hi Claude--

    This sounds much like the problem in this KB:

    318892: WINUP: Search for Updates Loops (Repeats) and Windows Update Fails

    What OS and what IE version if you're using IE? Knowing that would help. Many features and fixes are OS and IE specific, and searches in the KB are best done by knowing the OS version in the pulldown. if you're using Win XP Pro or Win 2K and have the MMC and GPE, I'd look there.

    Also you may find help with the MSKB's many articles on Windows Update, and here's a link to the

    Windows Update Troubleshooter

    Further support links for Windows Update as well as an alternative not plagued with WinUPs many current glitches, the Microsoft Security Site for Hotfixes are in:

    See Post 294875 and Post 288653

    Also if you're determined to use Windows Update, you might explore using the Corporate site with the links in:

    Post 284224 on WinUp Corporate Site.

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