> I had to turn off updates because micosoft wants to install sp3 and
> a bunch of other modules I really don't think I need. How do I say
> no and then not be bothered anymore. This constant message keeps
> poping up saying I have updates to install. I must have six
> different programs that want to auto update. Then I get these
> search menu bars allways installing with out me asking for them.
> Half of my internet bandwidth is being used to download all this
> stuff that is slowing down my computer. I know about the microsoft
> updates function in control pannel.
> You know, When you assume. I do have intentions of installing Sp3
> I am referring to the ability for the auto update to say no not now
> and then leave me alone. I suppose your answer is no. I recently
> looked at my drive and saw all the updates that had been installed.
> Over 100. Will Sp3 remove these since it replaces them? I changed
> my computer last month so I reinstalled windows XP prof. I then
> downloaded all the updates auto. I would like to know why I have
> over 100 processes running in task manager. Does a home user
> really need all that? If i wanted to investigate what each one was
> and stop it from running do you know where I can find this out?
> Thank you for your input it was really helpfull.
Assume? Were we able to do anything else from the original posting?
If you want to change the way autoupdates is working for you - set it to not
download or install - but notify you - then you have all the control but
don't have to manually visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
periodically to check for updates manually. You should be able to uncheck
any from the list you don't want when it tells you what you can install and
then it will ask you if you want to hide those updates (not see them again)
when you tell it to install and you won't be notified about those specific
updates *unless* there is a revision of them later.
SP3 will replace many of your updates - but there have been over 60 released
As for your system and how many processes you have running - a lot of that
depends on what you are allowing to load up. Process Explorer is a good way
to look through the list. MSCONFIG startup tab is another to see what you
have starting up with Windows. You might do a quick cleanup (okay - maybe
not so quick - but thorough) cleanup before installing SP3 to ensure it goes
Here's some step-by-step instructions that should smooth the ride to SP3 for
First - before anything else - answer this:
Do you have an HP branded computer with an AMD processor?
(If so - answer and wait. If not, answer and continue with the steps.)
Fix your file/registry permissions...
Ignore the title and follow the sub-section under "Advanced Troubleshooting"
titled, "Method 1: Reset the registry and the file permissions"
*will take time
(** Ignore the last step - you'll install SP3 shortly, but not now.)
Reboot and ...
After installing, do the following:
Start button --> RUN --> type in:
"%ProgramFiles%\Windows Installer Clean Up\msizap.exe" g!
--> Click OK.
(The quotation marks and percentage signs and spacing should be exact.)
Download, install, run, update and perform a full scan (separately) with the
following two applications (freeware versions are the ones to use for this):
After performing a full scan with one and then the other and removing
whatever they both find completely, you may uninstall these products,
if you wish.
Download and run the MSRT manually:
Download/Install the latest Windows Installer (for your OS):
( Windows XP 32-bit : WindowsXP-KB942288-v3-x86.exe )
Download the latest version of the Windows Update agent from here (x86):
.... and save it to the root of your C:\ drive. After saving it to the root
of the C:\ drive, do the following:
Close all Internet Explorer windows and other applications.
Start button --> RUN and type in:
--> Click OK.
(If asked, select "Run.) --> Click on NEXT --> Select "I agree" and click on
NEXT --> When it finishes installing, click on "Finish"...
Then follow the instructions here:
How do I reset Windows Update components?
Now for SP3...
1) Download the full SP3 installation file.
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Network Installation Package for
IT Professionals and Developers (works just as well for you.)
You are just saving it right now - not running it yet.
2) Ensure (as well as plausible) you have no spyware/malware by doing a full
scan with SuperAntiSpyware and MalwareBytes. If you are following
along, you have already done this!
How to scan your disks for errors
* will take time and a reboot
How to Defragment your hard drives
* will take time
5) Ensure your hardware drivers are up to date (from the hardware
manufacturer's respective web pages.) Never get hardware drivers
for hardware that was not created/sold by Microsoft from Microsoft.
6) Reboot right before you try to install SP3.
7) Disconnect from the internet before installing (physically disconnect -
pull the network cable or disable the router/modem.)
8) Disable your antivirus and antispyware applications when you are about to
install SP3. Usually right-click on the icon in the taskbar gives you
a choice to do so.
Install SP3 by running the downloaded executable. Reboot when requested to
do so. Logon and let the machine 'settle' for about 10 minutes. Reboot.
Give it 5 minutes after logon to 'settle' - reboot.
After that - there will be more updates.
Log on as an user with administrative rights and open Internet Explorer
and visit http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
and select to do a
Every time you are about to click on something while at these web pages -
first press and hold down the CTRL key while you click on it. You can
release the CTRL key after clicking each time.
Once the scan is done, select just _ONE_ of the high priority updates
(deselect any others) and install it.
If it did work - try the web page again - selecting no more than 3-5 at a
time. Rebooting as needed.
The Optional Software updates are generally safe - although I recommend
against the "Windows Search" one and any of the "Office Live" ones or
"Windows Live" ones for now. I would completely avoid the
Optional Hardware updates. Also - I do not see any urgent need to install
Internet Explorer 8 at this time.
Seriously - do all that. This is like antibiotics - don't skip a single
step, don't quit because you think things will be okay now - go through
until the end, until you have done everything given in the order given. If
you have a problem with a step come ask and let someone here get you
through that step. If you don't understand how to do a step, come back and
ask here about that step and let someone walk you through it.
Then - when done - let everyone here know if it worked for you - or if you
have more issues.
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