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    Star Lounger
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    Since the addition of Net Framework 3.5 to XP you cannot turn off the Automatic Updates ballons using msconfig.exe and then log onto the update site that usesActive-X to find the current updates you need! This particularly annoys me since I hate those ballons! I am well aware I have turned off automatic updates and have to go and do my updates manually. Does anyone know a way around this? This is one area that has been improved in Windows 7 but is continuing to be a source of shear annoyance on my desktop computer that runs XP Professional. If anyone has figured out how to get around this dastardly Microsoft trait, let me know! Every time I do anything I have to turn that damn ballon off first and it comes up so damn frequently it's ultra annoying! I'm sick of the yellow shield in my system tray! As far as I'm concerned it has to be made very clear to Microsoft that this behavior is completely unacceptable! Maybe we should hit them where it the pocketbook!

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    Do you mean the security center message about Automatic Updating not being configured? If that is not it please post a screenshot of the message or at least post the exact text.



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    Are you using this...

    'xp_balloontips.vbs - Disables/Enables Windows XP BalloonTips
    '© Doug Knox - rev 02/06/2002
    'This code may be freely distributed/modified

    Option Explicit

    'Declare variables
    Dim WSHShell, n, MyBox, p, itemtype, Title

    Set WSHShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    p = "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curr entVersion\Explorer\Advanced\"
    p = p & "EnableBalloonTips"
    itemtype = "REG_DWORD"
    n = 0

    WSHShell.RegWrite p, n, itemtype
    Title = "Balloon Tips are now Disabled." & vbCR
    Title = Title & "You may need to log off/log on" & vbCR
    Title = Title & "For the change to take effect."
    MyBox = MsgBox(Title,4096,"Finished")
    xp_balloontips.vbs -Disable Windows® XP's Balloon Tips, by Doug Knox - 02/06/2002
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