>> Automatic Updates (AU) usually will check-in with the server at least
>> every 24 hours, Louise. You cannot schedule AU to run, e.g., once a
> What you say is undoubtedly true because that's the way it works.
> HOWEVER, it IS possible to SCHEDULE the updates on my PC. The spot
> where this can be done is located directly under the place where you
> enable auto updates using the security aplet on the control panel. It
> allows you to set the day of the week or every day and to also set the
> TIME of day. It just doesn't work that way...
> The default setting is "every day" at three am - on my XP-SP3 machine.
That setting controls when updates are installed, not downloaded.
I've never known AU to install updates on a specific day of the week,
despite what http://support.microsoft.com/kb/327838
Furthermore, if an Admin is not signed-in when AU's scheduled to install
(not download) updates, the updates will be installed automatically.
To avoid this in future, I'd recommend that you select either the Download
but Notify configuration or the Notify Only configuration. See
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~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
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