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    Updates - stop download

    (WinXP, Home, Sp2)

    Hi -

    I clicked on the yellow shield in Notification area fto download updates and it is taking forever. There is no separate window/icon to determine the percentage downloaded (have to hover mouse over the shield and hope it will give this info). HOw can one stop the download?

    THank you very much.

    Acer

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    Re: Updates - stop download

    Try the following:
    - Select Start | Run...
    - Type services.msc and click OK or press Enter.
    - Select the Automatic Updates service.
    - Click the Stop button on the toolbar.
    - Open Windows Explorer
    - Navigate to the folder C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload.
    - Delete all files and subfolders, or at least those dated today.
    - Switch back to the Services window (or reopen it using the same method as above)
    - Select the Automatic Updates service.
    - Click the Start Service button on the toolbar.

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    Re: Updates - stop download

    Acer,
    I have had similar problems using update by way or the notification icon.
    That is why, if I see that notification, I will go directly to the WIndows Update site to get the updates. It also allows me to see WHAT the updates are and if I really do need them. For instance, I don't use Messenger, so why DL an update for something I don't use?

    So far as stopping the process, you might try seeing it the Task Manager sees the activity and click "end task".
    I have also rebooted out of it and then Updated direct, without any apparent ill effects.
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    Re: Updates - stop download

    Bob - thanks for the post.

    The first thing I tried was Task Manager, but the download didn't show there. From now on, I shall go directly to the site, as you suggested.

    Thank you!

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    Re: Updates - stop download

    Hans -

    My thanks. I have copied your notes for future reference.

    Acer

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