That's absurd advice, Alias. Disabling Windows Update leaves the system
at risk to known vulnerabilities and published exploits. There are other
options besides disabling automatic updating.
@ShadowOchibi - set Automatic Updates to " Notify me but don't
automatically download or install them "
Click Apply, OK.
The next time the update icon appears in the Notification Area click on
it. There will be a list of detected updates. You can see more
information for them by clicking on each one listed and reading what
they are intended to do in the lower window.
DO NOT approve the download of the updates until *you* are ready to
download and *install* them. Critical Security updates are usually not
fully installed until the system is restarted. Any file[s] in use that
must be updated/replaced is [are] still *vulnerable*.
If you'd like to find out why the system restarted check the
WindowsUpdate.log, the System Event log, or ReportingEvents.log.
How to read the Windowsupdate.log file
To open the System Event log *right* click My Computer either on the
Desktop or Start Menu and choose Manage.
Expand the Event Services and click on System
In the right frame under Source, look for entries with the Source being
NtServicePack and/or Windows Update Agent. Double click the entries to
see what was installed at the time the system restarted.
The ReportingEvent.log shows all automatic updates that were
successfully installed. It's located in
MowGreen [MVP 2003-2009]
> ShadowOchibi wrote:
>> I am using Windows XP. I'm very busy on my work, and so I put off
>> Automatic Updates for quite a while. I was busy working on a project
>> and suddenly the computer restarted with no warnings. When the
>> computer loaded and I logged in, it said Automatic Updates were done
>> and they required restarting.
>> I purposely saved the updates for later so I could focus on my work
>> first. Somehow, the computer bypassed asking me, updated the computer
>> without notifying me, and then forced the computer to restart without
>> any notifications, reminders to save files, or anything. Why did this
>> happen, and is there a way to prevent this from happening?
> Right click on My Computer/Properties/Automatic Updates tab and choose
> Turn Off Automatic Updates.